The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

The Expedition of Humphry Clinker Offers a picture of eighteenth century society This story describes Squire Bramble s tour of the Britain of George III

  • Title: The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
  • Author: Tobias Smollett
  • ISBN: 9780140430219
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Offers a picture of eighteenth century society This story describes Squire Bramble s tour of the Britain of George III.

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    About "Tobias Smollett"

    1. Tobias Smollett

      Tobias George Smollett was born in Dalquhurn, now part of Renton, Scotland, to a prosperous family and educated at the University of Glasgow, where he studied to be a physician Later he joined the British Royal Navy as a surgeon s mate He was present at the disastrous battle against the Spanish at Cartagena in 1741.He married a British woman Anne Lascelles, in Jamaica, 1747,and settled in England In London, as a writer, he became successful The Adventures of Roderick Random 1748 , a picaresque novel like most of his books made him a well known author It was followed by The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle in 1751 But the failure of The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom 1753 caused financial difficulties for him Publishing The Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves 1762 didn t help.Writing poems, plays, travel and history books, essays, satires, doing translations and even becoming a literary critic and magazine editor, Dr Smollett struggled all his short life against poverty, he traveled to Italy, to regain his health, but died of tuberculosis near Livorno, in 1771 Ironically finishing his masterpiece, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, a few months before his death.Charles Dickens was a great admirer of Tobias Smollett, even visiting his gravesite.

    385 thoughts on “The Expedition of Humphry Clinker”

    1. Reading the 18th Century novel is very much like riding a rambunctious horse. Actually, bowling along in a carriage; 100 years later, Eliot and the great Victorian novelists who were living with the noisy, fast, smoke-gouting trains would write with nostalgia of the grace and quietude and elegance of carriage travel. But the 17th Century novel depicts it as it more likely was, with is heat, travel-sickness from the jolts, and frequent breakdowns and overturns in the terrible roads, with highwaym [...]


    2. 18th-century epistolary novel by Salman Rushdie's favorite Quixote translator. It's witty, complex, and undoubtedly quite innovative for its time, and it serves as not only a very informative travelogue of Britain in the mid-late 1700s, but also as a portrait of the political and cultural landscape during this time frame. But gosh darn it, it just wasn't as funny as I was expecting it to be based on laudations I read calling it "one of the funniest novels of all time." It's certainly witty and c [...]


    3. Novel in letters recounting the travels of a family group through England and Scotland featuring the servant (and occasional Methodist lay preacher) they pick up on their way, the eponymous Humphrey Clinker.Apart from eighteenth-century humour the novel has an unusual Celtic theme for example the Welsh origin of the family and significance of Edinburgh as archetypal 'big city' and in the slightly Don Quixote-like character of the Scottish Officer they pick up in Edinburgh. One of the few novels [...]


    4. "The pills are good for nothing," fumes the heroic hypochondriac Bramble in one of your better opening sentences, and we're off on a picaresque tour of all the cliches of the 1700s and 1800s. Featuring such greatest hits as:- Ridiculous coincidences!- People who turn out to be of higher birth than they seem!- Casual anti-Semitism, racism, sexism and classism!- Duels!- Fainting!Published in 1771, it was influential to writers of the 1800s and especially influential to Dickens, whose alter ego Dav [...]



    5. What a wonderful human spirit Smollett has. He exploits yet dearly loves the foibles of mankind and know how to make them both uproarious and genuinely reverential. The whole work is, in the end, a paean to friendship.An 18th century epistolary novel, it presents a running series of letters, without further explication, that follows the travels of squire Matthew Bramble through much of England, into Scotland, and back toward his home in Wales. The letters are written by Bramble, his nephew Edwar [...]



    6. I was not expecting to like this work, or any 18th Century Epistolary novel featuring a character with a funny name. I just imagined some goofy British person stealing chickens and being a wag and angering the constable and complaining about Bolingbroke and eating bangers and mash. And yet I ended up loving it. Its an interesting melange of "authors" getting together to describe an expedition that starts at the apparent healing waters of Bath, moves to Scotland, and ends in London. The more prop [...]


    7. 3 1/2 starsThis is an epistolyary novel comprised of the letters of five very different comunicators. I found it more interesting than entertaining. Although a work of fiction it was still a fairly detailed traveloge, crammed full of the personalities and popular places of the time. The grumpy misanthropic uncle (Mathew Bramble) saw everything through a lens of distaste which no doubt highlighted everything more than a less critical observer would have done. Not much escaped his scathing pen and [...]


    8. Divertidísima novela epistolar en la que acompañamos a Mr. Brumble y su hipocondría, a sus familiares y a sus respectivos criados a través de buena parte de Inglaterra y Escocia en busca de la cura a sus males.A través de las cartas que envían, conocemos a cada uno, todos perfectamente retratados, por lo que cuentan y por cómo lo cuentan, las diferentes visiones de un mismo hecho o situación, Smollett era sin duda alguna un gran narrador.Con mucho humor, absurdo a veces, pero crítico e [...]


    9. Dudes, I couldn't finish this book. It's interesting. So I was into it 3/4 of the way through. It was amusing and unique, though it had it's dry parts. I was liking it. And then one day I looked at it sitting there on my counter, battered in that way Penguin books tend to get, and I thought: "OH MY GOD IF I READ ANOTHER PAGE OF THAT BOOK I WILL KILL MYSELF I AM NOT EVEN KIDDING!"I don't know what went wrong! Smollett's little cast of characters alternates narration, and they are varied with thei [...]


    10. This is a wonderful rambling adventure. Told in an epistolary style, Smollett deftly captures the different voices of the characters – the letters of Winifred Jenkins are probably the funniest pages in the history of literature. The book is inventive and surprising – but it must be read with the context of the late 18th century in mind – to a modern reader it may appear wordy, poorly structured with sloppy plotting, full of opinions and sometimes preachy, but no worse than many other novel [...]


    11. How one book can break so many of the accepted conventions of writing and still be a good read is testimony to Mr. Smollett's genius. This book is epistolary and breaks the show don't tell rule in every scene, is told from several viewpoints (some scenes you piece together from retellings by the various narrators like Rashomon), has long rambling passages of philosophy (yet uses that for character development in a unique manner) and has no plot arc (instead having a plot maze).Yet at the end of [...]


    12. Michael and I discovered this one while mocking many of the choices in "1001 Books to Read Before You Die." It has a ridiculous title, so naturally he went upstairs to grab a copy. Instead of continuing the mocking, however, I skimmed and was intrigued, so I checked it out. While I don't think it's necessary to read this before you die, it was pretty funny and well worth my time. Welsh family goes on holiday all around England and Scotland, writing letters the entire time. Whiny, bitchy, frustra [...]


    13. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial:Tobias Smollet's uproarious satire of 18th-century life, dramatised by Yvonne Antrobus.Squire Bramble and family embark on their whistle-stop tour of Great Britain. They encounter adventure, mayhem and the enigmatic Humphry Clinker.


    14. "he had reason to believe the stercoraceous flavour, condemned by prejudice as a stink, was, in fact, most agreeable to the organs of smelling; for, that every person who pretended to nauseate the smell of another's excretions, snuffed up his own with particular complacency; for the truth of which he appealed to all the ladies and gentlemen then present"What more need I say?


    15. Published in June 1771, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker was to be Tobias Smollett's last novel. The author died in September of the same year. Though Smollett is most remembered for his picaresque works, such as The Adventures of Roderick Random, Humphry Clinker is more of a travelogue than a picaresque. It is not the ending or the plot that is the story, but the scenery on the way. There isn't really a solid plot to the story; Bramble takes his niece, nephew and sister on a tour of the I [...]


    16. Given how briefly the best authors dedicated themselves to it, realism exerts far too much influence over our reading habits. Beware, when you pick up a Smollett, for here there is no character development, no tight plot, no interest--despite what the back of the book says--in faithfully depicting society. Humphrey Clinker is, rather, a weird mash-up of Horace and Juvenal's satires, eighteenth century travel literature, and story collections like the Canterbury Tales. It's an epistolary somethin [...]


    17. Review preface:So there's something to be said for how books translate over time. And how, at the time, such and such a book was immensely popular, witty, funny, broke all boundaries, etc.; but in the present, those items seem to be lost on the contemporary reader. But, that's not the fault of the writer, and as the reader, I feel that it is my fault, and I'm plenty ashamed of it, thank you very much. I should also note that I probably promised myself somewhere along the way that I wasn't going [...]


    18. For those who might be wondering yes, the title character does eventually show up. Also, don't read the entry trying to find this out it's full of spoilers.


    19. What an oddly wonderful read is Tobias Smollett’s 'The Expedition of Humphry Clinker.' I will admit that many times when I read literature this old, it is as much out of a sense of duty as enjoyment – if we are to be well-read, we must know the canon, after all. But there was much pleasure to be found in this inflected story of a family of convenience as they peregrinate around the United Kingdom on a series of unexpected adventures.Published in 1771, in some ways 'Humphry Clinker' is very m [...]


    20. Ive been a fan of Richardson and Fielding, so I thought Id pick up their contemporary, Smollett.This is kind of a travel book with a comedy backing. If you want to know what parts of England, Scotland and (I think they touch on Wales) were like in the 1700s, then here you go. You join a family as they travel. They have some wacky times, fall in and out of love, have an accident or two, etc. Read the back blurb.The funny thing about this is that it's NOT about Humphrey Clinker. He is a servant of [...]


    21. Meandered over this one, which I picked up in a fit of "I need something new to read, what's on my shelf?" I bought a few Smollett's several years ago and think I may have unsuccessfully tried either Peregrine Pickle or Roderick Random. Some thoughts-This is an epistolary novel. Done well enough to tell the story, although some characters practically quit writing letters at some point and we are left without their perspective. Also can't believe people would write 6 or 10 page letters every day [...]


    22. There's no doubt this book is well-written, but it's predominantly boring (to me, at least). There are parts that can be exciting or interesting. I know that Smollett wrote the letters to be verbose and often full of menial complaints because it was part of his satire and the characters' personalities. I just wasn't particularly impressed by it. For an Introduction to Literature class that is SUPPOSED to count as a cultural diversity credit at my college let's just say this is not the book you s [...]


    23. I read this for my Engl Lit II class and it was kind of random. The story didn't seem to have a well-defined plot and kept jumping all over the place. But it was a fairly interesting story because I was able to keep reading without forcing myself. The characters were vivid and their descriptions of each other was sometimes humorous. I probably wouldn't recommend this book though.*Taken from my book reviews blog: reviewsatmse/2010


    24. Considering this was written in the 18th century it is admirable in it's accessibility. It really reads well, although the plot and characterizations are somewhat rushed, lets give Smollett the benefit, and of course the psychology and politics are of their day, it still is an interesting insight into life back then. Much easier than Fielding, Richardson, Defoe et al.


    25. There is little for me to recommend in this book. The plot is thin and uneventful. The epistolary form has potential for developing character and showing characters' differing views, but Smollet is ham-handed about it. For a servant with real expedition, see Sam Weller. For an engaging sentimental journey of 18th-century Europe, see Laurence Sterne.


    26. Fantastic work, a prime travel narrative of the 18th century. Comical bucolic main letter writer Clinker reflects conservative views on urban development during the 18th century. Helpful text for understanding the growth of the city vs. the English country.


    27. Irreverent Georgian humor. I ran into a few instances of values dissonance, but that's to be expected when reading 18th century books. I still enjoyed it. It's mostly made up of humorous sketches tied together by a main story line. Not quite laugh-out-loud, but it made me grin.


    28. Inspired a love for the epistolary form for me - circulation of letters about the title character who never writes a letter himself. contrast of consumerism and modern pitted against the stubborn organic preferences of an old Englishman were particularly interesting to me.


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