Barnaby Rudge is one of those long classic novels most people today would not even think about reading. I do like them though. I had once set a goal of reading all Charles Dickens books, and I am well on my way to having accomplished that. Barnaby Rudge is one of his books, too. It is not so widely known and celebrated as the rest, and I think I understand why: the story involves a religious conflict that today probably would be thought irrelevant. Also, the book has its share of sentimentality and somewhat naïve, idealistic perceptions. Nevertheless, I found the story to be very interesting, in its own way. It may not be perfect by today's standards, but it portrays some noteworthy characters and gives a lot to ponder about. Barnaby, a child-minded but honest young man, is impossible not to like and not to sympathize with. His father had committed a murder, and we are given to understand that the shock of it had resulted into Barnaby's mother giving birth to an "idiot son, " as she once calls him. Yet she herself understands that a "normal" son perhaps would not have been such a great support to her in her troubles.
I would not recommend this book to anyone, but if you have a taste for classic literature, check it out.