Trudging Through Rudge

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Had we read Barnaby Rudge in the beginning of the semester, it probably would have been one of my favorite books. I am a far bigger fan of Dickens’ writings in his earlier life, rather than the latter. I like his sense of humor, rather than the darker, more gloomy writing. Is it just me, or is everyone counting down the days to the end of the semester? I feel like I have to force myself to get up and read. I really like this book, I just don’t want to do anymore school work. I’m over it. But, enough complaining. I’m about to give you some positive feedback from Barnaby Rudge, instead of using this blog to vent.

  • Once again, Dickens uses weather to foreshadow events and set the mood. Right from the start we are immersed in a foggy night at The Maypole. Then, immediately, Dickens set us up for a murder mystery. Love his use of weather. He always places it in perfect context.
  • From the beginning of this story, it seems that the gardeners is the murderer of Reuben. But, once again, is Dickens really ever that obvious? Since he (the gardener) went “missing” after the crime, readers are led to believe he fled due to the murder. (Or at least that is the impression that I got). But, I feel like my first impression is always wrong when it comes to Dickens’ writings.
  • Joe is your typical teenager. His character is relatable. He just wants his independence and is tired of being treated like a child. However, his rash decision to go be a soldier seems impulsive. We will see how that works out for him.
  • The relationship between Emma and Edward screams Romeo and Juliet. Fueding families keeping the two lovebirds apart immediately grabs my attention. I adore a good love story.
  • Barnaby Rudge is my comic relief in this story. However, I am struggling to keep up with his mother’s relationship with the murder victim and how she all fits in.

Overall, I really do like this book. It’s intriguing and enjoyable. I just need some motivation to finish these next 2 weeks. AH!

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2 responses »

  1. I am right there with you… enjoying the book but struggling to get myself motivated to finish it up. I love Joe’s part in the story, and I predict that we will see him again, all grown up and ready to take his own place in the world.

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