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Barnaby Rudge (Vintage Dickens)

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ISBN13: 9780099540847
ISBN10: 0099540843
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As fierce mobs riot in the streets of London, the decent and sincere Geoffrey Haredale forges a strange alliance with the dishonest John Chester. Their aim is to prevent the marriage of Haredale's niece Emma to Chester's honorable son Edward, selfishly using the violence around them to their advantage. Meanwhile, unintentionally drawn into the mayhem is the half-witted Barnaby Rudge, whose past is interwoven with a mysterious unsolved murder. In this tale of blackmail, betrayal, and bloodshed, Barnaby must fight to clear his name and escape his hopeless fate.

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Dickenss first historical novel is a thrilling tale of murder, treachery, and forbidden love with rioting mob scenes to make any reader's hair stand on end
 
Barnaby Rudge is a young innocent simpleton who is devoted to his talkative raven, Grip. When he gets caught up in the mayhem of the Gordon riots and a mysterious unsolved murder, his life is put in jeopardy. This is a powerful historical tale of forbidden love, abduction, and the dangerous power of the mob.

About the Author

CHARLES DICKENS was born in Landport in Portsmouth on February 7, 1812. Sent to work in a blacking factory at the age of twelve, after his Navy Pay Office clerk father was imprisoned for debt, Dickens's memories of this unhappy period haunted him throughout his life and influenced much of his writing. After stints as a clerk and a shorthand reporter in the law courts, Dickens became a reporter of parliamentary debates for the Morning Chronicle until the huge success of his first books enabled him to become a full-time author. Charles Dickens died on June 9, 1870, leaving his last novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished.

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Gold Gato, November 25, 2013 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
This was the first of the two historical novels written by Dickens, but it is his least known work. The action takes place in 1780, the time of the Gordon Riots where fervent Protestant mobs rampaged across London in anger at the new freedoms awarded to British Catholics. There is the usual onslaught of Dickensian characters, the majority of whom are pure evil.

"...all good things perverted to evil purposes, are worse than those which are naturally bad".

I really enjoyed this romp, as there are churchyards with ghosts and cozy pub-inns with blazing fireplaces and Grip the Raven, who is the best buddy of the title character. Dickens prefaces the story with some information about ravens (he owned two of them), and then concludes, "Since then, I have been ravenless". Yes, there are coincidences where characters meet and their backgrounds only come to light toward the end, but it's all entertaining and very difficult to put down. Whether he is describing tenements as senior citizens or Father Time as a parent, Mr. Dickens delivers the goods.

"Time does his work honestly, and I don't mind him. A fig for Time, Sir. Use him well, and he's a hearty fellow..."

Book Season = Autumn (brandy & hot water)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780099540847
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Publisher:
Vintage Classics
Author:
Ackroyd, Peter
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Classics
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Classics
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 in 1 lb

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Dickenss first historical novel is a thrilling tale of murder, treachery, and forbidden love with rioting mob scenes to make any reader's hair stand on end
 
Barnaby Rudge is a young innocent simpleton who is devoted to his talkative raven, Grip. When he gets caught up in the mayhem of the Gordon riots and a mysterious unsolved murder, his life is put in jeopardy. This is a powerful historical tale of forbidden love, abduction, and the dangerous power of the mob.
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