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
The scenes whe ...more
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
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
"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 too is an unlikely hero and despite the Victorian penchant for sentimentalising, he's often frequently unlikeable. The scenes ...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!).
I say I like Barnaby Rudge “more than it deserves” ...more
When I saw ...more
It’s been 10 years since I read this last. Either I have become a more discerning reader in that time, or the book got better. Which is more likely? Nevertheless, as usual, I’m nearly wordless with wonder…but of course only nearly, else this review would stop here.
If you know me (or my other Dickens reviews), you may already have an idea of my unabashed affection for Mr. Charles Dickens. I have never found him to disappoint, fail to enterta ...more
One of his two historical novels, Barnaby Rudge is largely about the anti-Catholic riots that shook London ...more
Lots of people say that even the worst Dickens is great. I feel pretty much the opposite. Except for Great Expectation ...more
Mobs, led by miscreants with diverse personal motives, ran amok in London and its environs. This book follows characters with complex relationships to one another as they are caught up in the mayhem ...more
In this case, I did do this. I do note one point: The precat on the back of the title page says that the illustrations of this edition were taken from the Oxford Illustrated Dickens edition, and were reprinted by permission of the Oxford University Press. Other comments about the prefatory and po ...more
To me Dickens begins the book as if he was Anthony Trollope with people traveling around, plotting, and talking to each other, but when the riots begin, watch out, the book becomes difficult to put down.
Like his other historical novel, "A Tale of Two Cities", "Barnaby Rudge" is not rich in memorable characters, but as there are a few (the bizarre hangman "Dennis" stands out from the crowd), I preferred this to his more ...more
Dramatised by Mike Walker from Charles Dickens's novel set against the background of the anti-catholic riots of the 1780s.
1. When young Ned Chester is set upon by a highwaymen no-one thinks that his assailant might be connected to the violent murder of his beloved Emma's father, Reuben Haredale. The murderer that night, five years ago, was assumed to be William Rudge, who has disappeared without trace, leaving his wife and son Barnaby ...more
It disappoints me to see that according to goodreads.com, this is the least read of Dickens novels ...more
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