A collection of stories from a fictitious club of writers, including the hilarious Mr. Pickwick, who share various anecdotes and short stories amongst the members of the club. These lead into the serialized novels of “Ye Olde Curiosity Shop” and “Barnaby Rudge”, serving as an introduction for fictional narrators of those stories.
Some of the anecdotes are creepy and ghostly, some are funny, some are historical. Some have tragic romance, or supernatural witches. Some are just lively tales of everyday life.
They are all certainly interesting and varied, but so disconnected and strangely unfinished that I couldn’t really enjoy them.
Most of them don’t have satisfactory endings, and I like a story to have a point to it. Why go through all that set-up and adventure and emotional drama if there’s no reason, no point, no ending to the whole thing?
I’m not particularly impressed with the stories, although the writing is good.