Night Walks Paperback
Part of the Penguin Great Ideas series
Charles Dickens describes in "Night Walks" his time as an insomniac, when he decided to cure himself by walking through London in the small hours, and discovered homelessness, drunkenness, and vice on the streets.
This collection of essays shows Dickens as one of the greatest visionaries of the city in all its variety and cruelty.
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- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 26/08/2010
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9780141047508
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Review by anyotherbizniz
I was given this book by someone who knew of my love of all things London - and Dickens too. Choice inspired by the current Dickens exhibition at the London Museum, where the title piece is read over film of modern London through the night. Which demonstrated just how true much of what he wrote still is.The book is a collection of short semi-journalistic articles. I always think that one can never tell with Dickens' at what point his journalism slides into fiction. But a good read notwithstanding, although I enjoyed (if enjoyed is the right word) the pieces about Dickens experience visiting the homes of the poor rather more than the title piece. A fascinating and somewhat upsetting look at the underbelly of the great city in Victorian times, which manages somehow not be prurient poverty tourism.
Review by Davida.Chazan
This slim book of essays by Dickens is a true joy to read. While not all of these are actually accounts of his wanderings after sunset due to a case of insomnia, all of them have to do with something dark - making it a cohesive collection. Of course, as this is Dickens, the language is a touch difficult at times, but never to the point where readers won't understand the gist.