Monday, September 24, 2012

Lost Book Gem: "The Pickwick Papers" - Charles Dickens (1836)

"I gotta
take me on
a permanent vacation."
--> Aerosmith <--

Take a two week trip and you feel like you've done something.  Samuel Pickwick and his wealthy cronies decide to skedaddle outta the city for a two year romp exploring the English countryside.

Now that's what you call a vacaysh!

Charles Dickens' first novel finds him weaving a humorous tale of misunderstandings and happenstances that follow likable Pickwick and his goodnik buddies wherever they travel.  In the process, Dickens brings to the forefront many social issues that would be more famously explored in his later novels.

At over 800 pgs, "The Pickwick Papers" (1836) is not for the faint of heart.  Dickens occasionally stretches sentences like he's pulling apart a Slinky.  And the slangular dialect of the period can take a bit of warming up to.

But once you catch on to the rhythm of the word-flow...(and you will)'s a pretty dang entertaining read.  Step inside this noisy coach and enjoy the journey.

"Permanent Vacation"   -  Aerosmith (1987)

I got a letter from a friend the other morning
He say it's hot down in Montego Bay
I got the point and now I think it's finally dawning
Yeah, yeah, I got to get away.

I got to take myself a permanent vacation
The sky's the limit but my plane won't fly
My nose is clean and lordie don't need no sedation
Yeah, yeah, and that's the reason why.

I really need it, really, really need St. Tropez
I want a tan where the sun, it never shines
I really need it, really, really need St. Tropez
You best believe it that I go to get away.

I got a sister man she really got a pinhead
She think she kinky but she can't get straight
She say she livin' but I kinda think she brain dead
Just excess baggage on a late night freight.

I gotta take me on a permanent vacation
The girl's be cummin' down in Cayman Brack
I gotta hand it to a firm situation
Yeah, yeah, I got to cut me some slack.

Good Stuff!

Casey Chambers
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