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Barnaby Rudge
     

Barnaby Rudge

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by Charles Dickens
 

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The title character of Barnaby Rudge, a feeble minded individual, is a passive actor who is swept along by events. Based on Gordon Riots of June 1780, the riots reach a climax in the storming and destruction of the Newgate Prison. This work is famous for its descriptions of mob violence which shows Dickens' descriptive abilities. First published in 1841.

Overview

The title character of Barnaby Rudge, a feeble minded individual, is a passive actor who is swept along by events. Based on Gordon Riots of June 1780, the riots reach a climax in the storming and destruction of the Newgate Prison. This work is famous for its descriptions of mob violence which shows Dickens' descriptive abilities. First published in 1841.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"One of Dickens's most neglected, but most rewarding, novels."
—Peter Ackroyd

"I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I've not read yet." —Donna Tartt

"Nothing seems more quintessentially British than Charles Dickens."
—The Times

"Charles Dickens is one of the giants of English literature."
Sunday Express

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481233583
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/12/2012
Pages:
590
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870) was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed unrivaled popularity and fame during his career, and he remains popular, being responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters. Many of his writings first appeared in magazines in serialized form, a popular format at the time. Unlike other authors who completed entire novels before serialisation, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialised. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next instalment. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print. Dickens' work has been highly praised for its concern for social reform, realism, comedy, mastery of prose and unique personalities by writers such as Leo Tolstoy, George Gissing and G.K. Chesterton ; though others, such as Henry James and Virginia Woolf, have criticized it for sentimentality and implausibility.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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Barnaby Rudge 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Gregory-Reynolds More than 1 year ago
I had read most of the Dickens novels, some more than once, but I'd always overlooked Barnaby Rudge. When I finally read it I was amazed it had taken me so long. It even turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected. Like all Dickens' novels, the characters are drawn to show the nature of human beings, and he does it so well, the characters could be set in modern day and the story would still work. We see the shifty lecherous rogue who covets the beautiful young lady, the dedicated hangman, and the patriotic family man. We see troubled family relationships: mother and son, father and daughter, and father and son. Most important of all, we see the title character, a golden-hearted idiot whose simple-minded exuberance makes him a ready-made pawn for the devious and evil manipulators who stand to profit from division and resentment between Catholics and Protestants. Perhaps the most timeless thing about this novel is the willful manufacturing of resentment between the two primary social political groups of the time. You could simply replace the terms Catholic and Protestant with Liberal and Conservative and you'd be telling our modern story. Turn on the nightly news and you will see a modern-day Barnaby Rudge there enthusiastically reciting the talking points of some divisive talk-show host, all the while completely oblivious that he is but a pawn dutifully serving a sinister master. I'm glad I waited until now to read this tale of Dickens because it's such a timely reminder of human impulse toward the mob mentality. Barnaby Rudge is an ever present reminder that if we lose our ability to think to think critically, we our own identity and our values will be consumed to serve the desires of someone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horribly digitized!
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"RAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" He yells, having a pack of M&M'S for Rayne
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Do i know you?
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Boo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awsome so great and funny and fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a challenge to read this book due to the number of errors from the OCR of the printed book. In fact, I only made it to page 30 before I gave up. Need to find a better copy for Nook.
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ceeotters More than 1 year ago
Luckily I own the hardback version of this and I could see that they only scanned half the book. The tipoff was that it started at chapter LVI. I'm no Roman numeral whiz, but that one I know.
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