Book Review: Barnaby Rudge

Title: Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ‘Eighty’
Author: Charles Dickens
Date Started:  May 12, 2014


Other works by author: The Pickwick Papers
The Adventures of Oliver Twist
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Old Curiosity Shop
Our Mutual Friend
The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
Dombey and Son
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Hard Times: For These Times
Little Dorrit
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
Our Mutual Friend
Several Christmas Novellas (including A Christmas Carol)
Several Short Stories
The Mystery of Edwin Drood – unfinished

For a complete list with the shorter stories see Charles Dickens Wikipedia biography here.


My Rating: 3


Summary: Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, Barnaby Rudge is a story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder and goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution. Through the course of the novel fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and Protestants clash with Catholics on the streets. And, as London erupts into riot, Barnaby Rudge himself struggles to escape the curse of his own past.

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My thoughts: A friend and I over a period of about 4 years decided to read all of Dickens completed novels (listed above). This was my last one I’ve now finished all 14 :D.

This book has an interesting mystery and sweet characters and I enjoyed it, though it took me awhile to keep some characters straight. Warning: it also contains some graphic, unpleasant descriptions of things happening in the middle of the riots.


Where did I hear about this book: My friend over at Polly Wolly Designs and Charles Dickens Wikipedia page.


Where can you get this book: Amazon, Gutenberg, and there is also a free audio book at Librivox.


Thank you for your thoughts they are greatly appreciated! Please keep in mind Ephesians 4:29: Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

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