Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty is an historical novel by the author Charles Dickens. Barnaby Rudge (along with The Old Curiosity Shop) was one of two novels that Dickens published in his short-lived weekly serial Master Humphrey's Clock, which lasted from 1840 to 1841, when Barnaby Rudge was published. It was Dickens' first attempt at an historical novel, hi...more
Don't be put off by 'them' telling you that a story is 'lesser' when the 'lesser' of Charles Dickens is far superior than anything written by 'them'.
In the first chapters, Dickens describes the Maypole and introduces the main characters: Gabriel Varden with his wife and his daughter, Simon Tappertit, John and Joe Willet, Solomon Daisy, the Haredales, the Rudges and a mysterious stranger.
Maypole Inn in the village of Chigwell:
A hint of mystery is also inserted in these initial chapters through the Haredale murde...more
Very much plot, or even "action", oriented, and less character-oriented, than some other novels by Dickens. Certainly fewer minor characters.
It helped that I read this faster than perhaps any of his other novels (I've only three left!).
Barnaby too is an unlikely hero and despite the Victorian penchant for sentimentalising, he's often frequently unlikeable. The scenes...more
This is, without a doubt, one of the worst novels by Dickens that I have ever read. It was his first historical novel, and maybe he was just getting his feet wet, but the poor reader suffers all the same. Although it was meant to be in that genre, Dickens made sure that he got in a couple of star-crossed lovers to appeal to the ladies in his audience. It takes a long time for him to get started with his story. The first 15...more
One of the best characters is the hangman, Ned Dennis. I noted this conversation of his, about the English death penalty:
"Stop a minute. My work is sound, Protestant, consti...more
The book comes into its own in the later passages where Dickens describes the Gordon Riots. After the riots in my own country a few years ago, I have come to realise that Dickens' description of the r...more
Barnaby Rudge was originally planned as Dickens' first novel. The success of The Pickwick Papers and his development of the serial publication of novels in his magazines - as opposed to the two or three volumes of contemporary practice - meant that writing a novel about the Gordon riots was delayed for some years. And yet Barnaby Rudge still reads like a very early work.
The influence of Scott - novels like The Heart of Mid-Lothian - is fairly...more
One of his two historical novels, Barnaby Rudge is largely about the anti-Catholic riots that shook London...more
Started 9 Feb 2012, Finished 22 March 2012.
It was a book I could keep putting down to get on with things which is good because I have lots to do but not good in terms of rating the book. The story takes ages to get going with more time spent on setting the scene than would normally keep me interested in a book. I must be more determined to read all his works than I thought to have persevered. The title doesn't even make sense. Barnaby Rudge is...more
For those unfamiliar with the tale , it's set during the Gordon Riots (anti-Catholic protests , about a century before Dickens' time) ; the title character is "an idiot" (or , to update , has a learning disability) , who becomes not only caught up in the riots , but actually becomes the talisman or mascot of the insurrectionists behin...more
"Barnaby Rudge" is about the anti-Catholic Gordon riots in London in 1780.
I don't think Dickens was at his best in this genre.
The riots don't start until well after page 300, and it is at that point that the book becomes absorbing (although it ends slowly). It also contains more violence and cruelty than, I think, anything else by Dickens. What "Barnaby Rudge" illust...more
Barnaby Rudge tells a tale of the Gordon Riots, anti-Catholic violence which wracked London in 1780. Its titular character is, interestingly, a twentysomething "idiot" - really more of a slightly mad, overgrown child. I'm curious how many novels before Barnaby Rudge featured such a character at the lead.
The book's weaknesses are mostly revealed...more
I love Dickens, and this was one of the few I'd I never read before. Better than reviews on Wikipedia led me to believe. Love Gip the crow (Poe's inspiration apparently?), the blacksmith, and the sense of London of the time. I never knew about the riots of 1780, and Dickens' na...more
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