- Title: Mugby Junction
- Author: Charles Dickens
- ISBN: null
- Page: 315
- Format: Kindle Edition
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Well this was a disappointment for sure. Except for the first two sections, called Barbox Brothers and Barbox Brothers & Co I only skimmed the book and have to call it a DNF. I was reading this for two reasons: I had seen somewhere that it was about trains, which I love; and it was also supposed to be a Christmas tale for a Read Dickens At Christmas mini challenge. The trains were well represented throughout the book, with the best descriptions coming in the early pages of Barbox Brothers. I [...]
Mugby Junction is another collection of short stories, the first four from Charles Dickens and the latter four written by Andrew Halliday, Charles Collins (brother of Wilkie), Hesba Stretton and Amelia Edwards. These were first published in 'All the Year Round' in 1886. A similar collection to 'The Haunted House'.In June 1865, some eighteen months before writing these stories, Dickens was involved in one of the earliest rail disasters, when due to maintenance work on the line his train was derai [...]
I should read more short stories.
1-1-17:Read in this compilation: A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Classics, and I just found out I've been gypped! I was all proud that I had managed to get this in before the end of the year, and I discover this is supposed to be eight chapters, but I have only the first four. Those were written by Dickens himself, and the last four by other people. Here I am, telling this person who wanted to know what I thought of these Dickens collaboration things that I'm going to help her out with her [...]
Dr Who Encyclopedia 2011 says Dr Who's favorite short story is "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens, the fourth found in 1898 "Mugby Junction" at gutenberg, 8 chapters, first four by Dickens. I call it fantasy for the three ghosts, mostly sentimental.1 Barbox Brothers - is the company name, enscribed on two suitcases, that despondent "young Jackson" takes on. Grown so bitter after his girl and best friend elope together, fearing his next birthday, he folds the business and hits the rails to Mugby [...]
Began very similar in style to 'The Signalman', hugely entertaining and fun, but, oh boy did this deteriorate very quickly. By the last chapter, I really thought and figured, 'what was the point of it'. Overall, very disappointing.
Mugby Junction is about a young man who is fleeing his birthday for reasons not enumerated. As expected, he meets some people and forges a relationship with them. Basically, he is learning how to be a better member of society. I was disappointed that this tale did not have the usual development of characters that I am accustomed to seeing in Dickens. With the exception of the sketch tacked on the end, there is not much of Dickens' usual hyperbole and sarcasm. I felt the ending was a little too n [...]
An interesting curiosity, this; a curate's egg; a shared world that Dickens created and then threw open to his friends. The framing story is a typical Dickens seat-of-pants concoction, and doesn't really work, but "The Boy at Mugby" and Andrew Halliday's "The Engine Driver" are both fresh, vibrant, semi-reportage pieces that seem to show the influence of Henry Mayhew - though Halliday was a playwright, so maybe he always wrote his prose that way.
Que dire. j'ai lu la fin plus qu'en diagonale
Some of what is best about Charles Dickens and much of what is worst. The worst of Dickens still beats the pants off most everything else.
Four and a third stars, but I'll round up because the collection is under-appreciated by overly expectant readers here.
In trying to rediscover Dickens I found a book I could absolutely relate to. Superb. If only it was longer.
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