Barnaby Rudge, Ladies and Gentlemen
APPARENTLY!! HE HAS A PET RAVEN!
And so it begins!
According to the blurb on the back:
“The cheerful, cosy domesticity of the Maypole Inn; the uneasy relationship of dull-witted, tyrannical John Willet and elegant, cold-hearted John Chester and their sons; the sinister activities of the apprentices plotting to overthrow their masters: all these plunge the reader in the opening chapters into the tense atmosphere of England just before the Gordon Riots. When the storm breaks and Lord George Gordon embarks on his crazed ride into London, the action explodes into violence and mayhem. In his handling of the three riot leaders, one of them Barnaby Rudge (mentally blighted [what does that even mean] by a crime committed at his birth), and in his depiction of an infuriated mob storming through the streets of London to burn down Newgate prison, Dickens is at his most brilliant and terrifying.”
I’ve marked off 100p segments which are my weekly reading goals. Accordingly, it should take me about 6-7 weeks; we will see with the ebb and flow of research and writing I have to do.
Additionally, I’ve decided to do 100p themed reviews and *fun* historical summaries. We’ll see what I can come up with between now and page 143.
Bye my sweeties.
p.s this is what Goodreads has to say about the matter https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2009610.Barnaby_Rudge