The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit cover

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

00:00(1/76) Preface and Postscript00:00
80
x1
1. Preface and Postscript
2. Chapter 01 – Introductory, Concerning The Pedigree Of The Chuzzlewit Family
3. Chapter 02a – Wherein Certain Persons Are Presented To The Reader, With Whom He May, If He Please, Become Better Acquainted – part 1
4. Chapter 02b – Wherein Certain Persons Are Presented To The Reader, With Whom He May, If He Please, Become Better Acquainted – Part 2
5. Chapter 03a – In Which Certain Other Persons Are Introduced; On The Same Terms As In The Last Chapter, Part 1
6. Chapter 03b – In Which Certain Other Persons Are Introduced; On The Same Terms As In The Last Chapter, Part 2
7. Chapter 04a – From Which It Will Appear That If Union Be Strength, And Family Affection Be Pleasant To Contemplate, The Chuzzlewits Were The Strongest And Most Agreeable Family In The World, Part 1
8. Chapter 04b – From Which It Will Appear That If Union Be Strength, And Family Affection Be Pleasant To Contemplate, The Chuzzlewits Were The Strongest And Most Agreeable Family In The World, Part 2
9. Chapter 05a – Containing A Full Account Of The Installation Of Mr Pecksniff’s New Pupil Into The Bosom Of Mr Pecksniff’s Family. With All The Festivities Held On That Occasion, And The Great Enjoyment Of Mr Pinch, Part 1
10. Chapter 05b – Containing A Full Account Of The Installation Of Mr Pecksniff’s New Pupil Into The Bosom Of Mr Pecksniff’s Family. With All The Festivities Held On That Occasion, And The Great Enjoyment Of Mr Pinch, Part 2
11. Chapter 06 – Comprises, Among Other Important Matters, Pecksniffian And Architectural, And Exact Relation Of The Progress Made By Mr Pinch In The Confidence And Friendship Of The New Pupil
12. Chapter 07 – In Which Mr Chevy Slyme Asserts The Independence Of His Spirit, And The Blue Dragon Loses A Limb
13. Chapter 08 – Accompanies Mr Pecksniff And His Charming Daughters To The City Of London; And Relates What Fell Out Upon Their Way Thither
14. Chapter 09a – Town And Todger’s, Part 1
15. Chapter 09b – Town And Todger’s, Part 2
16. Chapter 10 – Containing Strange Matter, On Which Many Events In This History May, For Their Good Or Evil Influence, Chiefly Depend
17. Chapter 11a – Wherein A Certain Gentleman Becomes Particular In His Attentions To A Certain Lady; And More Coming Events Than One, Cast Their Shadows Before, Part 1
18. Chapter 11b – Wherein A Certain Gentleman Becomes Particular In His Attentions To A Certain Lady; And More Coming Events Than One, Cast Their Shadows Before, Part 2
19. Chapter 12a – Will Be Seen In The Long Run, If Not In The Short One, To Concern Mr Pinch And Others, Nearly. Mr Pecksniff Asserts The Dignity Of Outraged Virtue. Young Martin Chuzzlewit Forms A Desperate Resolution, Part 1
20. Chapter 12b – Will Be Seen In The Long Run, If Not In The Short One, To Concern Mr Pinch And Others, Nearly. Mr Pecksniff Asserts The Dignity Of Outraged Virtue. Young Martin Chuzzlewit Forms A Desperate Resolution, Part 2
21. Chapter 13a – Showing What Became Of Martin And His Desparate Resolve, After He Left Mr Pecksniff’s House; What Persons He Encountered; What Anxieties He Suffered; And What News He Heard, Part 1
22. Chapter 13b – Showing What Became Of Martin And His Desparate Resolve, After He Left Mr Pecksniff’s House; What Persons He Encountered; What Anxieties He Suffered; And What News He Heard, Part 2
23. Chapter 14 – In Which Martin Bids Adieu To The Lady Of His Love; And Honours An Obscure Individual Whose Fortune He Intends To Make By Commending Her To His Protection
24. Chapter 15 – The Burden Whereof, Is Hail Columbia!
25. Chapter 16a – Martin Disembarks From That Noble And Fast-Sailing Line-Of-Packet Ship, ‘The Screw’, At The Port Of New York, In The United States Of America. He Makes Some Acquaintances, And Dines At A Boarding-House. The Particulars Of Those Transactions, Part 1
26. Chapter 16b – Martin Disembarks From That Noble And Fast-Sailing Line-Of-Packet Ship, ‘The Screw’, At The Port Of New York, In The United States Of America. He Makes Some Acquaintances, And Dines At A Boarding-House. The Particulars Of Those Transactions, Part 2
27. Chapter 17a – Martin Enlarges His Circle Of Aquaintance; Increases His Stock Of Wisdom; And Has An Excellent Opportunity Of Comparing His Own Experiences With Those Of Lummy Ned Of The Light Salisbury, As Related By His Friend Mr William Simmons, Part 1
28. Chapter 17b – Martin Enlarges His Circle Of Aquaintance; Increases His Stock Of Wisdom; And Has An Excellent Opportunity Of Comparing His Own Experiences With Those Of Lummy Ned Of The Light Salisbury, As Related By His Friend Mr William Simmons, Part 2
29. Chapter 18 – Does Business With The House Of Anthony Chuzzlewit And Son, From Which One Of The Partners Retires Unexpectedly
30. Chapter 19 – The Reader Is Brought Into Communication With Some Professional Persons, And Sheds A Tear Over The Filial Piety Of Good Mr Jonas
31. Chapter 20 – Is A Chapter Of Love
32. Chapter 21a – More American Experiences, Martin Takes A Partner, And Makes A Purchase. Some Account Of Eden, As It Appeared On Paper. Also Of The British Lion. Also Of The Kind Of Sympathy Professed And Entertained By The Watertoast Association Of United Sympathisers, Part 1
33. Chapter 21b – More American Experiences, Martin Takes A Partner, And Makes A Purchase. Some Account Of Eden, As It Appeared On Paper. Also Of The British Lion. Also Of The Kind Of Sympathy Professed And Entertained By The Watertoast Association Of United Sympathisers, Part 2
34. Chapter 22 – From Which It Will Be Seen That Martin Became A Lion Of His Own Account. Together With The Reason Why
35. Chapter 23 – Martin And His Partner Take Possession Of Their Estate. The Joyful Occasion Involves Some Further Account Of Eden
36. Chapter 24 – Reports Progress In Certain Homely Matters Of Love, Hatred, Jealousy, And Revenge
37. Chapter 25 – Is In Part Professional, And Furnishes The Reader With Some Valuable Hints In Relation To The Management Of A Sick Chamber
38. Chapter 26 – An Unexpected Meeting, And A Promising Prospect
39. Chapter 27a – Showing That Old Friends May Not Only Appear With New Faces, But In False Colours. That People Are Prone To Bite, And That Biters May Sometimes Be Bitten, Part 1
40. Chapter 27b – Showing That Old Friends May Not Only Appear With New Faces, But In False Colours. That People Are Prone To Bite, And That Biters May Sometimes Be Bitten, Part 2
41. Chapter 28 – Mr Montague At Home. And Mr Jonas Chuzzlewit At Home
42. Chapter 29 – In Which Some People Are Precocious, Others Professional, And Others Mysterious; All In Their Several Ways
43. Chapter 30 – Proves That Changes May Be Rung In The Best-Regulated Families, And That Mr Peckniff Was A Special Hand At A Triple-Bob-Major
44. Chapter 31a – Mr Pinch Is Discharged Of A Duty Which He Never Owed To Anybody, And Mr Pecksniff Discharges A Duty Which He Owes To Society, Part 1
45. Chapter 31b – Mr Pinch Is Discharged Of A Duty Which He Never Owed To Anybody, And Mr Pecksniff Discharges A Duty Which He Owes To Society, Part 2
46. Chapter 32 – Treats Of Todger’s Again; And Of Another Blighted Plant Besides The Plants Upon The Leads
47. Chapter 33a – Further Proceedings In Eden, And A Proceeding Out Of It. Martin Makes A Discovery Of Some Importance, Part 1
48. Chapter 33b – Further Proceedings In Eden, And A Proceeding Out Of It. Martin Makes A Discovery Of Some Importance, Part 2
49. Chapter 34 – In Which The Travellers Move Homeward, And Encounter Some Distinguished Characters Upon The Way
50. Chapter 35 – Arriving In England, Martin Witnesses A Ceremony, From Which He Derives The Cheering Information That He Has Not Been Forgotten In His Absence
51. Chapter 36a – Tom Pinch Departs To Seek His Fortune. What He Finds At Starting, Part 1
52. Chapter 36b – Tom Pinch Departs To Seek His Fortune. What He Finds At Starting, Part 2
53. Chapter 37 – Tom Pinch, Going Astray, Finds That He Is Not The Only Person In That Predicament. He Retaliates Upon A Fallen Foe
54. Chapter 38 – Secret Service
55. Chapter 39a – Containing Some Further Particulars Of The Domestic Economy Of The Pinches; With Strange News From The City, Narrowly Concerning Tom, Part 1
56. Chapter 39b – Containing Some Further Particulars Of The Domestic Economy Of The Pinches; With Strange News From The City, Narrowly Concerning Tom, Part 2
57. Chapter 40 – The Pinches Make A New Acquaintance, And Have Fresh Occasion For Surprise And Wonder
58. Chapter 41 – Mr Jonas And His Friend, Arriving At A Pleasant Understanding, Set Forth Upon An Enterprise
59. Chapter 42 – Continuation Of The Enterprise Of Mr Jonas And His Friend
60. Chapter 43a – Has An Influence On The Fortunes Of Several People. Mr Pecksniff Is Exhibited In The Plenitude Of Power; And Wields The Same With Fortitude And Magnanimity, Part 1
61. Chapter 43b – Has An Influence On The Fortunes Of Several People. Mr Pecksniff Is Exhibited In The Plenitude Of Power; And Wields The Same With Fortitude And Magnanimity, Part 2
62. Chapter 44 – Further Continuation Of The Enterprise Of Mr Jonas And His Friend
63. Chapter 45 – In Which Tom Pinch And His Sister Take A Little Pleasure; But Quite In A Domestic Way, And With No Ceremony About It
64. Chapter 46a – In Which Miss Pecksniff Makes Love, Mr Jonas Makes Wrath, Mrs Gamp Makes Tea, And Mr Chuffey Makes Business, Part 1
65. Chapter 46b – In Which Miss Pecksniff Makes Love, Mr Jonas Makes Wrath, Mrs Gamp Makes Tea, And Mr Chuffey Makes Business, Part 2
66. Chapter 47 – Conclusion Of The Enterprise Of Mr Jonas And His Friend
67. Chapter 48a – Bears Tidings Of Martin And Of Mark, As Well As Of A Third Person Not Quite Unknown To The Reader. Exhibits Filial Piety In An Ugly Aspect; And Casts A Doubtful Ray Of Light Upon A Very Dark Place, Part 1
68. Chapter 48b – Bears Tidings Of Martin And Of Mark, As Well As Of A Third Person Not Quite Unknown To The Reader. Exhibits Filial Piety In An Ugly Aspect; And Casts A Doubtful Ray Of Light Upon A Very Dark Place, Part 2
69. Chapter 49 – In Which Mrs Harris Assisted By A Teapot, Is The Cause Of A Division Between Friends
70. Chapter 50 – Surprises Tom Pinch Very Much, And Shows How Certain Confidences Passed Between Him And His Sister
71. Chapter 51a – Sheds New And Brighter Light Upon The Very Dark Place; And Contains The Sequel Of The Enterprise Of Mr Jonas And His Friend, Part 1
72. Chapter 51b – Sheds New And Brighter Light Upon The Very Dark Place; And Contains The Sequel Of The Enterprise Of Mr Jonas And His Friend, Part 2
73. Chapter 52a – In Which The Tables Are Turned, Completely Upside Down, Part 1
74. Chapter 52b – In Which The Tables Are Turned, Completely Upside Down, Part 2
75. Chapter 53 – What John Westlock Said To Tom Pinch’s Sister; What Tom Pinch’s Sister Said To John Westlock; What Tom Pinch Said To Both Of Them; And How They All Passed The Remainder Of The Day
76. Chapter 54 – Gives The Author Great Concern. For It Is The Last In The Book

(*) Your listen progress will be continuously saved. Just bookmark and come back to this page and continue where you left off.

Genres

Summary

Dickens thought it was “in a hundred points, immeasurably the best” of his stories. Yet it was also one of his greatest flops. Compared to his other novels, The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit was a dismal failure in terms of sales and the main reason for Dickens falling out with his long term publisher Chapman & Hall. They invoked a penalty clause and demanded that he pay back a portion of the advance which he refused. Martin Chuzzlewit was also dimly received in Dickens friendly America. Its vitriolic satire of American customs and manners was met with astonished rage on the other side of the Atlantic and Dickens began to receive masses of hate mail from offended Americans. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, His Relatives, Friends and Enemies, comprising All His Wills and Ways... The Whole Forming a Complete Key to the House of Chuzzlewit is the original title, in typical elaborate Dickensian overkill. In fact, in his almost apologetic preface to the first edition, he justifies it. He declares, “What is exaggeration to one class of minds and perceptions is plain truth to another...” and goes on to testify that some of the events and characters in his works are based on reality and not wholly imagined. Martin Chuzzlewit is the tale of a most unprepossessing set of Chuzzlewits. Martin senior, a miserly millionaire has adopted a young girl with the idea of having free help around the house. His grandson falls in love with this hapless orphan whose employment and connection to the house is to last only as long as the old man lives. Young Martin rebels and leaves the house to seek employment with a crooked and greedy architect, Seth Pecksniff (one of Dickens' most memorable villains) Meanwhile, more Chuzzlewits emerge in the form of Anthony and his son Jonas who have concocted a nefarious Ponzi scheme. Young Martin travels to America and almost dies in a malaria ridden swamp. This is the turning point of Martin's life and he becomes a changed man. The rest of the story follows quintessential Dickensian twists and turns. Some of the most hilarious passages in English literature are contained in Martin Chuzzelwit. It also features two of Dickens' wickedest villains, Pecksniff and Jonas Chuzzlewit. In Tom Pinch and Mark Tapley, the reader finds much to commend, while Sairey Gamp is one of Dickens' most famous female villains. Martin Chuzzlewit is one of the best of Dickens and indeed a great addition to your bookshelf!

Reviews

Julie

- Review

I'm a huge fan of Charles Dickens, but this was very hard to follow. The narrator did a very nice job and she is easy to listen to. Mr. Dickens uses too many names for one person throughout this whole book so I spent more time trying to figure out who was who then anything else. Good book just confusing.