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Barnaby Rudge

Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens
By: (1812-1870)

One of the two Historical novels Charles Dickens wrote, Barnaby Rudge is set around the ‘Gordon’ riots in London in 1780. The story begins in 1775 with Barnaby, his Mother, and his talking Raven Grip, fleeing their home from a blackmailer, and going into hiding. Joe Willet similarly finds he must leave his home to escape his Father’s ire, leaving behind the woman he loves. Five years later these characters, and many others whose lives we have followed, find themselves caught up in the horrific Protestant rioting led by Sir George Gordon. The mob which reaches 100,000 strong, gets out of hand, and there is danger to all in the path of their destruction. Charles Dickens skillfully weaves the lives of his many loving and many wicked characters through the rioting, and shows how this uprising changes so many lives. As a side note, Edgar Allan Poe is said to have been inspired by Barnaby’s raven Grip when he wrote his famous poem,”The Raven”.

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BARNABY RUDGE

A TALE OF THE RIOTS OF 'EIGHTY

by Charles Dickens

Contibutor's Note:

I've left in archaic forms such as 'to morrow' or 'to day' as they occured in my copy. Also please be aware if spell checking, that within dialog many 'mispelled' words exist, i.e. 'wery' for 'very', as intended by the author.

D.L.

PREFACE

The late Mr Waterton having, some time ago, expressed his opinion that ravens are gradually becoming extinct in England, I offered the few following words about my experience of these birds.

The raven in this story is a compound of two great originals, of whom I was, at different times, the proud possessor. The first was in the bloom of his youth, when he was discovered in a modest retirement in London, by a friend of mine, and given to me. He had from the first, as Sir Hugh Evans says of Anne Page, 'good gifts', which he improved by study and attention in a most exemplary manner. He slept in a stable generally on horseback and so terrified a Newfoundland dog by his preternatural sagacity, that he has been known, by the mere superiority of his genius, to walk off unmolested with the dog's dinner, from before his face... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - August 18, 2013
Subject: Dicken's
Mr. Dickens saw the barbarism of the "Class System" and weaved it into a story that will live with you forever, thanks to a commenter or "Story Teller" unequaled in any audio book, and I have listened to 100s of them.


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