Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge

A Tale of the Riots of 'eighty

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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.



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'One of Dickens' most neglected, but most rewarding, novels' Peter Ackroyd

Charles Dickens's Barnaby Rudge is a vivid portrait of London's descent into anarchy, where 'King Mob' rules the streets, and innocent lives are swept up in the chaos. Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, Barnaby Rudge is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution. Through the course of the novel fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and Protestants clash with Catholics on the streets. And, as London erupts into riot, Barnaby Rudge himself struggles to escape the curse of his own past. With its dramatic descriptions of public violence and private horror, its strange secrets and ghostly doublings, Barnaby Rudge is a powerful, disturbing blend of historical realism and Gothic melodrama. This edition is based on the one-volume publication of Barnaby Rudge, reproducing all the original illustrations by 'Phiz' and George Cattermole. Appendices include a map of London at the time of the Gordon Riots and the preface to the 1868 edition.

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Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, c2003
ISBN: 9780140437287
0140437282
Branch Call Number: FIC DIC
Characteristics: xliii, 744 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bowen, John

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Mar 11, 2015

"So do the shadows of our own desires sand between us and our better angles, and thus their brightness is eclipsed."
Um, how does this have a one-star rating? Are you people drunk on cheap gin? A lesser known Dickens novel, this is nonetheless one of his more provocative and compelling books. Inspired by the Gordon Riots, which were a series of anti-Catholic uprisings, "Barnaby Rudge" (1841) displays Dickens's usual mastery of multiple plots and a diverse cast of characters. Like Shakespeare, he has a sympathy for the common man, but a fear of the mob. This is one of his most political books and almost wholly without the sentimentality that sometimes mars his work. Like many of his novels, it was serialized. Get the illustrated version if you can.

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