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Mugby Junction

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  166 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Compiled by Charles Dickens, Mugby Junction is an intriguing composite of tales containing one of Dickens’ most celebrated ghost stories, The Signalman, as well as short stories by Charles Collins, Hesbah Stretton, Andrew Halliday, and Amelia Edwards. Arriving at Mugby Junction in an attempt to escape his unhappy past, Barbox Brothers befriends a workman and his invalid d
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Debbie Zapata
Dec 13, 2014 Debbie Zapata rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gutenberg
Well this was a disappointment for sure. Except for the first two sections, called Barbox Brothers and Barbox Brothers & Co., I only skimmed the book and have to call it a DNF. I was reading this for two reasons: I had seen somewhere that it was about trains, which I love; and it was also supposed to be a Christmas tale for a Read Dickens At Christmas mini challenge.

The trains were well represented throughout the book, with the best descriptions coming in the early pages of Barbox Brothers.
Pete daPixie
Mugby Junction is another collection of short stories, the first four from Charles Dickens and the latter four written by Andrew Halliday, Charles Collins (brother of Wilkie), Hesba Stretton and Amelia Edwards. These were first published in 'All the Year Round' in 1886. A similar collection to 'The Haunted House'.
In June 1865, some eighteen months before writing these stories, Dickens was involved in one of the earliest rail disasters, when due to maintenance work on the line his train was derai
Apr 04, 2017 Anneloes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should read more short stories.
Feb 14, 2017 Nynke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 stars
Dec 31, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dickens fans
Recommended to Jason by: Dickens Christmas Collection

Read in this compilation: A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Classics, and I just found out I've been gypped! I was all proud that I had managed to get this in before the end of the year, and I discover this is supposed to be eight chapters, but I have only the first four. Those were written by Dickens himself, and the last four by other people. Here I am, telling this person who wanted to know what I thought of these Dickens collaboration things that I'm going to help her out with her
An Odd1
May 04, 2012 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dr Who Encyclopedia 2011 says Dr Who's favorite short story is "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens, the fourth found in 1898 "Mugby Junction" at, 8 chapters, first four by Dickens. I call it fantasy for the three ghosts, mostly sentimental.
1 Barbox Brothers - is the company name, enscribed on two suitcases, that despondent "young Jackson" takes on. Grown so bitter after his girl and best friend elope together, fearing his next birthday, he folds the business and hits the rails to Mu
Mugby Junction is about a young man who is fleeing his birthday for reasons not enumerated. As expected, he meets some people and forges a relationship with them. Basically, he is learning how to be a better member of society. I was disappointed that this tale did not have the usual development of characters that I am accustomed to seeing in Dickens. With the exception of the sketch tacked on the end, there is not much of Dickens' usual hyperbole and sarcasm. I felt the ending was a little too ...more
Dave Morris
An interesting curiosity, this; a curate's egg; a shared world that Dickens created and then threw open to his friends. The framing story is a typical Dickens seat-of-pants concoction, and doesn't really work, but "The Boy at Mugby" and Andrew Halliday's "The Engine Driver" are both fresh, vibrant, semi-reportage pieces that seem to show the influence of Henry Mayhew - though Halliday was a playwright, so maybe he always wrote his prose that way.
Roberta Trevisan Marques de Souza
Awkward. Hahahahahahaha!!!
Que dire.... j'ai lu la fin plus qu'en diagonale..
Sep 06, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of what is best about Charles Dickens and much of what is worst. The worst of Dickens still beats the pants off most everything else.
Mar 07, 2014 Ereck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four and a third stars, but I'll round up because the collection is under-appreciated by overly expectant readers here.
Laura Verret
I really appreciated the transformation of the main character, but I found a lack of connection between the third part and the rest of the story.
Feb 24, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In trying to rediscover Dickens I found a book I could absolutely relate to. Superb. If only it was longer.
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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and sho ...more
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