Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge

A Tale of the Riots of 'eighty

Book - 1987
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A young man's innocent involvement in a revolt serves as the basis for Dickens's historical novel about the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1987, ©1954
ISBN: 9780192545138
Branch Call Number: FICTION Dic
Description: xxv, 634 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Mar 11, 2015

"So do the shadows of our own desires sand between us and our better angles, and thus their brightness is eclipsed."
Um, how does this have a one-star rating? Are you people drunk on cheap gin? A lesser known Dickens novel, this is nonetheless one of his more provocative and compelling books. Inspired by the Gordon Riots, which were a series of anti-Catholic uprisings, "Barnaby Rudge" (1841) displays Dickens's usual mastery of multiple plots and a diverse cast of characters. Like Shakespeare, he has a sympathy for the common man, but a fear of the mob. This is one of his most political books and almost wholly without the sentimentality that sometimes mars his work. Like many of his novels, it was serialized. Get the illustrated version if you can.


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