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Barnaby Rudge: a tale of the Riots of 'eighty
by Charles Dickens
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7-12-Dicken's tale of private lives and public events takes place in the unrest of the 1780's London. This BBC production includes a full cast, music, and sound effects.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This story was originally produced for BBC broadcast by talented creators of radio entertainment. Complete with sound effects, beguiling music, and a full cast of characters, this classic story is full of complicated conflicts, murder, blackmail and private tragedies. London in the 1870's is full of unrest and discontent. Model citizen Geoffrey Haredale combines efforts with a questionable character, John Chester, to break up the marriage between Haredale's niece and Chester's son. The cast of performers is superb, and the production possesses both the authenticity of a radio broadcast and the novelties of a theater production. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
Barnaby, a kind, half-witted young man, joins the Gordon rioters to proudly carry their banner. Along the way we get to meet Barnaby's murderous father, the hangman Dennis, and the madcap Hugh. There are vivid scenes of pillage, battles and executions as well as myriad characters who are grim, romantic and humorous. Sixteen 90-minute cassettes and two 60's.
As soon as the business of the day was over, the locksmith sallied forth, alone, to visit the wounded gentleman and ascertain the progress of his recovery. The house where he had left him was in a by-street in Southwark, not far from London Bridge; and thither he hied with all speed, bent upon returning with as little delay as might be, and getting to bed betimes.
The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
(in full Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty) Historical novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1841. Barnaby Rudge was Dickens' first attempt at a historical novel. It is set in the late 18th century and presents with great vigor and understanding (and some ambivalence of attitude) the spectacle of large-scale mob violence. In a case of mistaken identification, Barnaby Rudge, the mentally retarded son of a murderer, is arrested as a leader of a mob of anti-Catholic rioters. Subsequently jailed and sentenced to death, he is pardoned at the scaffold.
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Inside Flap Copy
Dickens' magnificent tale of private lives and public events takes place in the seething unrest of 1780's London. With a cast of characters as richly diverse and comically grotesque as ever, he expertly weaves the complex themes of public authority and rebellion with the private conflicts of fathers and sons in a spellbinding fictional recreation of the historical facts of the Gordon riots.
Despite their implacable enmity, the upright and honest Geoffrey Haredale forges a strange alliance with the duplicitous John Chester to thwart the marriage between his niece and Chester's honorable son Edward. But family concerns are eclipsed when brooding tensions erupt into the Gordon riots. As the simple-minded Barnaby is thrust to the forefront of violent dissent, Edward is driven to an act of desperate heroism in order to save his lover and her uncle. And in the aftermath of chaos, the shadowy figure behind the private tragedies of murder, blackmail and terrible neglect finally comes to light.
Originally produced for BBC broadcast by the world's most talented creators of radio entertainment, this audio presentation of Dickens' classic is brought magically to life. Complete with stirring music and sound effects, Barnaby Rudge contains all the charm of a radio broadcast, and all the excitement of a theater performance. Listeners of all ages will be delighted by this extraordinary production and will treasure it for years to come.
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