Pepys' Diary

Pepys Diary is Ebook Dear Diary Read this rather interesting book comprised of the diary entries of one Mr Samuel Pepys In and of itself the diary is not altogether engaging It is however quite i

Pepys' Diary is Ebook Dear Diary,Read this rather interesting book comprised of the diary entries of one Mr. Samuel Pepys. In and of itself, the diary is not altogether engaging. It is however quite interesting for its descriptions of the Great Fire of 1666, which burned down much of London. Aside from that, what I found truly intriguing was the chance to glimpse a man's daily life as he lived it so many hundreds of years ago. A rare thing indeed. Granted Pepys was no ordinary man. He rubbed elbows with royalty, for godsake! Even so, Pepys, it turns out, was as real and flawed as any man (man as in male in one specific way...that randy dawg!). The addition of these admissions was like throwing the occasional firecracker in amongst the other somewhat mundane passages. Don't know that I would recommend The Diary of Samuel Pepys to everyone...but then again, diaries aren't written for mass consumption, are they?. Enter the life and remarkable times of the lovable Samuel Pepys pronounced peeps Born in London in 1633, the son of a tailor, he began keeping a diary on January 1, 1660, and continued for nine years, faithfully recording the rich and varied details of 17th century London life Writing in a form of shorthand which was not deciphered until 1825 he also painted a vividEnter the life and remarkable times of the lovable Samuel Pepys pronounced peeps Born in London in 1633, the son of a tailor, he began keeping a diary on January 1, 1660, and continued for nine years, faithfully recording the rich and varied details of 17th century London life Writing in a form of shorthand which was not deciphered until 1825 he also painted a vivid picture of Pepys the man In entries from 1660 through 1663, Pepys strives to establish himself in his career and in society His unforgettable eyewitness accounts of the Plague and the Great Fire of London follow The last diaries, dated 1667 through 1669, Pepys is enjoying his position as a surveyor general in the Royal Navy and having an affair with his wife s servant Uniquely uninhibited, deeply personal, full of wit and style, Pepy s Diary is a biographical masterpiece.. Popular Ebook Pepys' Diary Neither this nor Anne Frank's diary come anywhere near the diary of that round headed buffoon Karl Pilkington.Compare:Samuel Pepys on the Plague:"It struck me very deep this afternoon going with a hackney coach from my Lord Treasurer's down Holborne, the coachman I found to drive easily and easily, at last stood still, and came down hardly able to stand, and told me that he was suddenly stuck very sick, and almost blind, he could not see. So I 'light and went into another coach with a sad heart for the poor man and trouble for myself lest he should have been struck with the plague, being at the end of town that I took him up; But God have mercy upon us all!"Anne Frank on Collaboration:"I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again."Karl Pilkington on Babies:"You can be an ugly baby and everyone goes "awww innit nice?" There was some women in a cafe the other week that I was sat in, and she came up and she sat down with her mate and she was talkin' loudly goin' on about "oh the baby's lovely." They said it's got, er, lovely big eyes, er, really big hands and feet. Now that doesn't sound like a nice baby to me. I felt like sayin' it sounds like a frog. But I thought I don't know her, there's only so much you can say to a stranger. I don't know what kept me from sayin' it."I think it is fairly clear which Diary wins the best ever sweepstakes.

  1. Samuel Pepys was an English naval administrator and Member of Parliament, who is now most famous for his diary Although Pepys had no maritime experience, he rose by patronage, hard work and his talent for administration, to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under King James II His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalization of the Royal Navy.The detailed private diary he kept during 1660 1669 was first published in the nineteenth century, and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London.His surname is usually pronounced pi ps peeps.

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  1. Dear Diary,Read this rather interesting book comprised of the diary entries of one Mr Samuel Pepys In and of itself, the diary is not altogether engaging It is however quite interesting for its descriptions of the Great Fire of 1666, which burned down much of London Aside from that, what I found truly intriguing was the chance to glimpse a man s daily life as he lived it so many hundreds of years ago A rare thing indeed Granted Pepys was no ordinary man He rubbed elbows with royalty, for godsake [...]


  2. Neither this nor Anne Frank s diary come anywhere near the diary of that round headed buffoon Karl Pilkington.Compare Samuel Pepys on the Plague It struck me very deep this afternoon going with a hackney coach from my Lord Treasurer s down Holborne, the coachman I found to drive easily and easily, at last stood still, and came down hardly able to stand, and told me that he was suddenly stuck very sick, and almost blind, he could not see So I light and went into another coach with a sad heart for [...]


  3. The best diaries ever This book is so honest its ridiculous he is a complete cad, but so lovable He tells it as he sees it, always from his own viewpoint, with such hypocrisy This is also a hugely comical set of views possibly the funniest being the diary entries about the pornographic book, which he heartily disapproves of, yet, when no one is around, he sneaks into the book sellers and buys it, with a plain cover, reads it quickly, then burns it, all under the justification of wanting to know [...]


  4. I ve just been looking at another friend s books and came across this one I knew about this when I was twenty two as I was with someone who just loved this work and he used to read it to me I recall that it was very old fashioned in its style Well, of course, it would be as it was written in 1660 Also the detail was remarkable and the most inane statements sounded so interesting.I wonder how I would like it now Did I just love it because the individual concerned, who read it to me, was such a wo [...]


  5. There s a reason why this simple book, just a guys s diary from the late 1600 s, is one of the classics of world literature More than almost any other book I can think of, Pepys really gives you a powerful feeling of what it would be like to live in another time His accounts of his everyday life are tremendously evocative, and even though he had good material the great London fire, the Glorious Revolution, war with the Dutch it s his description of hanging out in coffeehouses playing madrigals, [...]


  6. I found this book surprisingly readable for a diary Pepys attention to detail, and accessible writing style kept me entertained as I learned about a period in history that I wasn t very well acquainted with before this I loved the detail that he buried his Parmesan in the back yard before fleeing his house during the great fire of London In fact, Pepys attention to detail is part of what makes this book such a good read, and a wealth of information for historians His description of seeing people [...]


  7. Finished at last 2561 pages Samuel Pepys recorded his private thoughts in shorthand and occasionally code from 1660, months before the Restoration of Charles II to 1669, when failing eyes rendered the effort impossible During that time, Pepys rose from being a minor functionary of Sir Edward Montagu later Earl of Sandwich to a bureaucratic force in the English Navy Along the way he records his very human reaction to the Restoration, the Great Plague, the London Fire he reported what we would rec [...]


  8. Growing up in the Midwest, I pronounced Samuel s name the way it looked to me Peppy s, as if it were the name of a small town diner with soft ice cream At that time in that place, the only editions of the Diary that were available hung out in the read but don t remove collections of universities, and were usually abridged anyway, leaving lots of names and dates and politics but cutting out all the fun bits Like his insane jealousy of his wife s dancing master never mind his own wandering eyes an [...]


  9. I read this delicious although some might call tediously boring diary during my maternity leave with my first born son It allows you to be a fly on the wall during the 17th Century London, complete with a wacky guy telling his story His details of expenses for household items is really interesting, as his views of women What fun


  10. Better than I thought it would be Not the endless, wordy school stuff of Dickens Pepys was an interesting man in interesting times who thought very highly of himself and his financial and sexual prowess.


  11. Extraordinario diarios de Samuel Pepys la lectura es muy entretenida y la descripci n del incendio de Londres es espectacular, una joya de la literatura universal Pepys cuenta de su vida personal, su mujer, sus amantes, las obras de teatro a las que va a ver A las amantes del Rey las trata como ahora se tratan a las estrellas de Hollywood Siempre es muy divertido, escribe con mucha gracia A m me regalaron una edici n de la editorial Renacimiento, una editorial valenciana la traducci n, de Norah [...]


  12. If Samuel Pepys knew when he was writing his private journal that people 400 years in the future would be reading it, would he have been so revealing Did he really want future generations to know of his fondness and shame for dirty books, wine and fondling women s breasts Probably not, but thank goodness he didn t edit himself because his diary really brings a human element to history, specifically late 17th century Britain.It is one thing to learn in a textbook of the plague or a city ravaged b [...]


  13. This was one of my happiest ever reading experiences I drew it out over several months, taking a break before the last fifty pages and after various big events the Plague, the Great Fire But even there, the most personal observations were the most vivid to me now when I see a reference to the Fire of London I will picture Pepys on hands and knees in his backyard, burying his Parmasan cheese and bottled wines before taking flight from the city.The edition I read was the first one published in 182 [...]


  14. As a meticulously kept historical account of its time, the diary is incomparably valuable, but as a record of its author s vanity, greed, snobbery, misogyny, philandering, and ridiculousness, it is priceless This would be a guilty pleasure were it not for the fact that Pepys had a front row seat for most of the political and newsworthy events of the day If only every diary were as historically and psychologically intriguing.


  15. I just finished listening to a selection of 4 hours of Pepys diary on Naxos Audiobook Five events excellently read A bit of Restoration, a bit of Plague, a lot of Fire, some warring with the Dutch, and the fallout from taking sexual advantage of his wife s maid Good examples from a total of 124 hours audio, and just enough to put me off hearing the whole thing because he s not a good guy The details of life in the 1660s are the most interesting thing here he eats oysters by the barrelful and I g [...]


  16. Olenpas v h n kateellinen Pepysille lausutaan muuten Piips , mies oli uskomattoman toimelias, ja tuntuu nukkuneen vain kourallisen tunteja y ss , vaikka oli t t kymmenvuotista p iv kirjaa pit ess n noin minun ik inen Nukkumaan menee yleens vasta puoleny n j lkeen, mutta monesti on jo aamunelj lt tai viidelt jalkeilla harjoittelemassa vaikkapa s velt mist , nokkahuilun soittoa, lukemassa kirjoja tai j rjest m ss kirjastoaan ennen kuin l htee virastoon t ihin, joissa on pitk lle iltaan Sen lis ksi [...]


  17. I had often heard the term Restoration used as a pejorative, but after reading Pepys I realize that it was an amazing period of rebirth and was the beginning of the modern age The decade described by Pepys would have been remarkable on its own, but he gilds the age with his own sophistication and humanity I m glad that I did not have to read this when I was in high school or college I would have understood historical importance but would have missed Pepys milieu entirely This is a diary begun by [...]


  18. Unique among primary historical sources at least that I ve found insofar as it covers an entire decade in fine detail, and then it has the added bonus of being 1 extremely candid, because it was written in cryptographic shorthand, 2 historically interesting, insofar as Pepys was a high government official, 3 legitimately well written, and finally 4 the author himself is both intentionally and unintentionally hilarious, and his life is quite entertaining The most curious thing is that his concern [...]


  19. I was able to read one whole year of Pepys life 1666 as a free Kindle book I then reviewed the rest of the diary and the entirety of Pepys life via the website pepysdiary about This is a fascinating glimpse at what upper class life must have been like during the Restoration years in London There is a real benefit is reading a day by day, slodging through ordinary life account like this that cannot be matched in chronological narratives that cover wider periods, focusing just on noteworthy events [...]


  20. I m reading 1666 at the moment, and am loving it The language is quite sparse, but gives you a great insight into the man s character and personality It s very hard not to like this chirpy fellow who knows of his weaknesses, and regrets them even as he indulges On that subject, though Reading my copy, I was thinking gosh, this man is just like me He enjoys the company of women, but is happily married and there s no hint of shaggery Then I read some about Pepys and realised that I was reading a [...]


  21. The first of nine volumes of a diary kept during the 1660s by English public servant Samuel Pepys while he was in his late 20 s and early 30 s Determined to understand every word in the text, I kept reading notes of all unfamiliar words and usages which, though tedious at first, proved useful as the year progressed, as I learned much of the vernacular at that time, as well as some etymological background for words still in use today I tried creating a family tree of his family based on informati [...]


  22. What a wonderful book We learn that in 1663 turkey was a common supper food in England, that a woman was on stage in a play Pepys was surprised , that 1663 was the start of gentlemen wearing a decorative sword as part of his daily wear, that Feb 14 was celebrated as St Valentines day, that Quakers were a political problem, that England acquired their ship masts from New England, that people went ice skating in the park, had minced pie for Christmas, used slide rules, knew about the poisonous tra [...]


  23. It is probably one the best diary I ve ever read.It is really a pity that Samuel Pepys had to stop writing it because of his poor sight.His diary offers a unique point of view of the trouble period of time in which he lived.What makes this diary so mesmerizing is that Samuel Pepys wrote it for him, not for anyone else as it was in code So he is free to write exactly what he thinks.I really enjoyed reading his account of his life, his work what a huge amount of work he did , his relations with th [...]


  24. Hangin with my Pepys At first I didn t think I would become engrossed in some 17th Century Englishman s diary How wrong I was Pepys career, like Chaucer s, rises meteorically due to his intelligence quick thinking These are united to his fortune which finds him moving in high aristocratic circles.His life coincides with a fascinating chapter in English history Revolution Regicide, Royal Restoration, Plague, war with the Dutch much to interest the historian I find an account like this does much t [...]


  25. Methought it lessened my esteem of a king, that he should not be able to command the rain I have heard a great deal over the years about this famous diary of Samuel Pepys but never read it I enjoyed it very much and was amazed how readable it truly is even today My favorite parts were his constant fights with his wife and his fear of the Plague I also enjoyed the section where he had hidden his gold in the garden of his father in law and was having a terrible time finding where it was This diary [...]


  26. I read this book as part of my project to read 100 works of classic literature in six years You can check out my entire six week journey through this book on my blogI am really glad that I read this book From now on, whenever I read or hear about something during this time period, I will forever think of Samuel Pepys and the world in which he lived I was particularly struck by the commonality that I found in it, how even though the world we live in is dramatically different in many ways, there i [...]


  27. Spare me I reador attempted to read this diary as I travelled the United Kingdom Gives new meaning to boring I have no idea why such is considered a classic I can understand its worth as a historical document appropriate to research and as a primary sourcebut Pepys is such a despicable person that I could not wait to delete him from my books.


  28. This audiobook is highly recommended I just remembered it today when I saw the book reviewed by someone else It takes you intimately into seventeenth century England with a man who experienced some of the most interesting moments in history Kenneth Branagh does an outstanding job narrating My thanks once again to Ruth Bavetta who loaned it to be by mail nine years ago.


  29. Lively, often humorous, wonderful depiction of Restoration London, which is extremely beneficial in an abridged version as it does begin to get fairly tedious after a while.If you don t end up with some sympathy for his wife, well, then, you re not very human.


  30. These recordings are outstanding Kenneth Branagh brings this alive.The sections where Pepys would lapse into French whenever the subject changed to sex was hilarious in the printed version but, in the recordings is an absolute laugh riot Cannot recommend this strongly enough.


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