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Great events of the day as well as the most intimate personal details that Pepys encrypted in the Diary follow him through his later years as a powerful naval administrator and come to appreciate how Pepys’s singular literary enterprise Pepys The Uneualled PDF #201 would in many ways prefigure our modern selves With exuisite insight and compassion Samuel Pepys captures the uniuely fascinating figure whose legacy lives on than three hundred years after his death.. This is an extraordinary book am almost perfect melding of author and subject Claire Tomalin s admiration for Pepys is based on his genius as a diarist and she feels his secret masterpiece he wrote many of the pages in shorthand of his own making puts him on the level of Milton Bunyan Dickens and Proust While she makes a point that the years not described in the diary haven t been adeuately covered everything but 1660 to 1669 it is clearly her intention to direct readers to The Diary in addition to adding to our knowledge of his non diary life 27 years before he started writing and 34 after the last page She recounts his remarkable leap across the chasm of class a tailor s son of a barely literate family rose via grammar school Cambridge scholarship patronage industry and talent to positions of great influence in the tradition bound Royal Navy His appetite for work and seemingly superhuman ability to work 16 hour days for months at a time created a sustained level of activity that allowed him to transform the administration of the navy She knows well his the mixture of energy and corruptibility that would allow him accept a perk in one breath and push through disciplined reform in anotherThere is a superb explanation of beginnings and conduct of English Civil War especially important for a person like me with no real grounding in English history The ebb and flow of the Civil War the very fluid political commitments of many of the main players and the sheer ability of the Stuarts to not only survive in exile but thrive meant that Pepys had to negotiate the dangerous political transitions of his century Tomalin gives a swift cogent account of the extraordinary moment in English public life when both puritans and republicans sworn enemies of the Stuarts went over to the king and suddenly Everybody had become a royalistThere are a few brilliant pieces in the book The most notable is based on Pepys s account of the Great Fire of London in 1666 but the most brilliant and appalling is the detailed account of the excruciating operation Pepys had without anaesthetic for the removal of a bladder stone He was trussed up with linen strips to keep him from writhing too much while several stout surgeon s assistants held him even move immobile Concoctions of oil of earthworms cinnamon and chicory used as a soothing agent and pain reliever made matters much worse In addition to his career there were two great loves in Pepys s life his wife Elizabeth the beautiful penniless French girl whom Pepys married when she was nearly 14 and he 18 and London the city that he knew so well from daily walking its streets being rowed across the Thames and constant visits to dockyards sail makers other suppliers to the Fleet Tomalin s description of river life the chaos of the streets during the Civil War and the restoration of the Stuarts the sights sounds and smells lots of smells come alive His almost constant rows with Elizabeth his fear that another man might win her away an idea of the licentiousness of the era is in the almost formal but still sub rosa proposition by the Earl of Sandwich Pepys s boss to Elizabeth to become his mistress Samual Pepys had an amazingly full life one he participated in fully Claire Tomalin is the biographer that such a life deserves

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Samuel Pepys The Uneualled Self

For a decade beginning in The Uneualled MOBI #238 an ambitious young London civil servant kept an astonishingly candid account of his life during one of the most defining periods in British history In Samuel Pepys Claire Tomalin offers us a fully realized and richly nuanced portrait of this man whose inadvertent masterpiece would establish him as the greatest diarist in the English languageAgainst the backdrop of plague civil war and regicide with John Milton comp. Not to be confused with Samuel Johnson who wrote the dictionary which I always do No this book is a biography of Samuel Pepys who wrote the Diary An up from nothing country boy Pepys abilities and high placed relatives put him at the center of English history for the last half of of the 1600 s He witnessed the execution of Charles I rose high in Cromwell s administration turned his coat when Charles II was restored to the throne and rose even higher and then backed the wrong horse when Charles II died and James II took only four years to whistle his throne down a religious wind of his own making Pepys the last man in the world to end his life as a Jacobite does out of loyalty and a stubborn determination to turn his coat no This is the best kind of biography not only the life of the man himself but of the time and place as well Tomalin wisely relegates the Diary to its own section the years 1660 1669 In the prologue she writes The shamelessness of his self observation deserves to be called scientificand then places his words alongside the narrative of those years The Diary with its tumbling stream of information is a reminder that the moods and demands of daily life easily blot out politics Lack of cash was a pressing problem for Pepys than any possible change of regimeTomalin isn t above inserting the occasionally acid and always enjoyable editorial comment either Almost the first advice Pepys got when his promotion was known was from a sea captain telling him how to fiddle his expenses by listing five or six non existent servants when he went on board and claiming pay for them all It made an interesting introduction to the workings of the navyTomalin shows a masterly hand at drawing comparisons between that time and this as well On Major Harrison being hanged drawn and uartered for treason Pepys in one of his most famous formulations wrote that Major General Harrison looked as cheerfully as any man could do in that conditionPepys did not devote the rest of his day to higher thoughts any than one of us turning from famine or child murder on television remains sombre an hour laterDue to his high office and connections at court Pepys had a front row seat to all the goings on and as secretary to the British Navy a not inconsiderable hand in affairs himself On every page you aren t bumping into royalty you stub your toe on someone out of the Who s Who of British science and literature John Milton John Dryden Andrew Marvell Christopher Wren Isaac Newton Robert Hooke among many In the meantime through Pepys eyes we singe our eyebrows on the Great Fire of London and fear for our lives from the plague It s a marvelous you are there visit Highly readable highly recommended

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Osing diplomatic correspondence for Oliver Cromwell Christopher Wren drawing up plans to rebuild London and Isaac Newton advancing the empirical Samuel Pepys PDF study of the world around us Tomalin weaves a breathtaking account of a figure who has passed on to us much of what we know about seventeenth century London We witness Pepys’s early life and education see him advising King Charles II before running to watch the great fire consume London learn about the. Pepys what is there to be said that Claire Tomalin and countless others before her have not said I have fallen in love with Pepys diary the diary let it be emphasised NOT the man at the ripe old age of 56 Pepys himself Certainly the diary reveals a character who is somewhat less attractive But then he sought to be completely honest in the diary Perhaps in doing so he succeeded in leaving for all time a self portrait whose honesty few of us would want to emulate Clearly many contemporaries loved and respected him and I feel that Tomalin has done a fantastic job in helping us see Pepys not only in the historical context but through his contemporaries eyes A much rounded and sympathetic character emerges Here was a man who fought against the die fate had cast against him undergoing hideously painful and frightening surgery in an age of zero anaesthetics to rid himself of constant excruciating pain The diary as Tomalin points out really emerges as a celebration of the new freedom he acuired as a result of that courageous act Anyone who has experienced an epiphany or turning point in their lives may recognise this As Pepys burbles and babbles away we catch a glimpse of a man for whom life has become an adventurehe goes where the wind blows where his whim takes him To have commenced the diary in the eve of what was surely one of the most momentous years in English history is extra ordinary in itself But for this to have occurred when Pepys was a young man not full of wise saws or the need to pontificate and state his opinion means that we are able to stand where he stood to see what he saw to wonder with him at the changes all around


10 thoughts on “Samuel Pepys The Uneualled Self

  1. says:

    Whilst I cannot help but admire the amount of work that this book consists of I can't really say I enjoyed it I am sure historians who are interested in naval details would appreciate it but for me it was rather too detailed One admires Pepys h

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    This book came up on my recommendation list and I was like wow wait a second I’ve already read this Not to mention I loved it It’s one of my favorite biographies So I thought I would write up a uick review on it What can I say Pepys is fascinating and if you are interested in 17th century England I think reading about him is must I tried to read Pepys' diary along with this but it wasn’t easy Pepys had a way of writing everything he

  3. says:

    Not to be confused with Samuel Johnson who wrote the dictionary which I always do No this book is a biography of Samuel Pepys who wrote the Diar

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    A bit of serendipity brought this book into my hands While visiting my daughter in Oceanside California over the holidays she took me to see the public library there where they have a small ongoing book sale This book with a picture of a perplexed looking Pepys on the cover jumped out at me A mere 2 was the price of admission to this richly detailed recreation of seventeenth century England This is not a book to hurry

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    Pepys what is there to be said that Claire Tomalin and countless others before her have not said? I have fallen in love with Pepys diary the diary let it be emphasised NOT the man at the ripe old age of 56 Pepys himself Certainly the diary reveals a character who is somewhat less attractive But then he sought to

  6. says:

    This was a start and stop reading experience for me I’ve had it out twice from the library It’s due back tomorrow so I'm calling

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    Pepys made his way in interesting times As teenager he skipped school to see King Charles I beheaded and as a young man he l

  8. says:

    This is an extraordinary book am almost perfect melding of author and subject Claire Tomalin’s admiration for Pepys is based on his genius as a diarist and she feels his secret masterpiece he wrote many of the pages in sh

  9. says:

    This is an excellent biography of a very interesting man Pepys pronounced 'Peeps' is remembered in history as the perhaps greatest diarist who ever lived He kept a secret diary in shorthand and in it recorded all that he saw felt and did for ten years from his mid twenties to his mid thirties He was the son of

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    As is always the case with audio books one's enjoyment and appreciation of a book is increased or diminished by the uality of the reading Jill Balcon did a stellar job of reading this biography One really felt like one was listening t