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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
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
An Odd1
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
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.
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.
Que dire.... j'ai lu la fin plus qu'en diagonale..
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
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.
In trying to rediscover Dickens I found a book I could absolutely relate to. Superb. If only it was longer.
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A prolific 19th Century author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction and non-fiction; during his lifetime Dickens became known the world over for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose in the telling of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, morals and values of his times. Some considered him the spokesman for the poor, for he definitely brought much awarenes ...more
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