Reading: The Concise Pepys
rating: 3 of 5 stars
It’ts taken me two and a half years to read the concise version, I hate to think how long it would take to read the full version!
One of the drawbacks of the concise version is that it doesn’t really say what the basis for selection was — what did they leave out, and what did they retain?
They seem to have retained most political bits, which I suppose would interest political historians more. It’s also interesting to see how some things do not change much. Pepys had similar problems with his coach to those we have with cars nowadays. Deciding to buy one, then deciding what to buy, and then complaining about how long they took to service it. And when it was new, being concerned to see how many heads turned to look at it.
An index could be helpful, and perhaps a list of the main characters and what parts they played when. He’s forever discoursing and dining with Sir W. Pen and “my Lord Brouncker” and such people, but it’s hard to keep track of who they all were. Footnotes introduce new characters, but there are so many that some are soon forgotten.