Mugby Junction

Mugby Junction[Reading] ➺ Mugby Junction By Charles Dickens – Charles Dickens collected his celebrated ghost story The Signalman and short tales by Charles Collins Hesbah Stretton Andrew Halliday and Amelia Edwards Arriving at Mugby Junction to escape his unhapp Charles Dickens collected his celebrated ghost story The Signalman and short tales by Charles Collins Hesbah Stretton Andrew Halliday and Amelia Edwards Arriving at Mugby Junction to escape his unhappy past Barbox Brothers so named for his luggage enscription befriends a workman and his invalid daughter and explores the seven lines of the junction He meets the woman he lost only to return and collect the other tales. A really enjoyable Victorian read with some great stories in 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 never did see a mention of Christmas anywhere so unless it counts as a Christmas story solely because it was originally published at that season I have no clue how this could be considered to have such a themeThe first 72 pages dealing directly with Barbax Brothers the only name given for our hero were interesting and touching with a transformation from a grumpy mistrustful soul to a giving happy person Sound familiar? The rest of the book supposedly related events he had seen or learned of while roaming around Mugby Junction I tried but I ended up skimming from page 80 or so onward It simply did not appeal to me 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 derailed at the express speed of twenty five miles per hour and most of the carriages ended up in the River Beult Whatever the resulting trauma of Dickens' rail crash experience I wasn't greatly taken with his first four storylines of Mugby Junction Sacrilegious it may be to give the thumbs down to CD but I preferred The Engine Driver by Andrew Halliday The Travelling Post Office by Hesba Stretton and The Engineer by Amelia EdwardsI'm sure that the new technology of the railways brought awe and fascination to our Victorian forebears and the branch lines of Mugby Junction bring oral history nineteenth century travel writing and some supernatural ghost stories Unfortunately I found this collection about as appetising as a curly stale British Rail sandwich I should read short stories 45 stars 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 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 gutenbergorg 8 chapters first four by Dickens I call it fantasy for the three ghosts mostly sentimental1 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 Junction There he meets pretty teacher Phoebe confined to bed and decides to stay2 Barbox Brothers Co He presents Phoebe with a musical instrument from down the line She bids him explore that direction Cute toddler Polly tugs his arm I'm lost bid by her mother his former love Beatrice whose husband Tresham is dying Spoiler Now happy he returns to marry Phoebe and care for Polly3 Main Line The Boy at Mugby Narrator serves atrocious snacks in typical British Refreshment Room Manager Mrs Sniff returns from tour of lavish French railway service to lecture on vast awfulness of luxury; her husband Ezekiel oft berated for attempts to help public disappears Of course to France 4 No1 Branch Line The Signalman knows not how to warn of danger after ghost already twice foretold death Narrator offers to take him to doctor Spoiler Victim who dies is signalman himself5 No2 Branch Line The Engine Driver by Andrew Halliday The complete how to daily grind of professional and home life6 No3 Branch Line The Compensation House by Charles Collins Resident refuses any mirrors inside because reflection is of face he wronged7 No4 Branch Line The Travelling Post Office by Hesba Stretton Narrator loses important political red box of papers to pretty girl pretending to be daughter of postmaster on line Spoiler After marrying real daughter years later meets impersonator really daughter of politician involved who forbade marriage for funds 8 No5 Branch Line The Engineeer by Amelia B Edwards Narrator Ben best friends with Matt until moved to Italy and broken up by faithless beauty who deserted them to be rich mistress Matt's health failed after knifed by Ben; guilty pal retired to care for dying victim Spoiler Years later Matt's ghost stops Ben from revenge killing Gianetta and her Duke now husband by driving runaway train 1 1 17Read 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 research and I'm left with egg on my face because I have a book that sucks Well they don't know who they're dealing with here The Gutenberg Project has all eight chapters and I'm going to print the last four and read the bitch and fulfill my promise just try and stop me And it looks like some of the other stories I read for this project are also missing the contributions from the other collaborators And I'm willing to bet that will be the case for all of them once I dig a little deeper into it AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH It took 19 hours but I think we've just made it to my first temper tantrum for the new year; holding out this long might be a new record Progress progressWell enough of that Here's my thoughts on the first four chapters though I suspect she's interested in what I thought of the second half Oh well I'll get to it as soon as I can Responsible for the effort not the outcome It's OK Yes a lot of wasted time but it'll still be OK Breathe in breathe out And look eye; always look eye Daniel sanMoving on AhemCharles Dickens is weird But it's not a psycho supernatural weird like Clive Barker or Stephen King just weird Mugby Junction is broken up into four eight chapters grumble mumble arfin fartin racka fracka poopy pants publishers The first concerns a sideways face in a window Turns out it's a woman who can't sit up for some reason which isn't spelled out and who likes to look out the window most of the day The fact that he describes it as a sideways face in the window instead of just calling her an invalid is strange but I loved it anyway That's one of the things about Dickens that makes him great his ability to take something otherwise mundane and make it interestingOur main character for the first two chapters is a gloomy Gus who meets sideways girl in the first part along with a man referred to as Lamps They help him to ungloomify himself Then in the second chapter he goes out of town and runs headfirst into the US Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia and remaining dolorous after that is just impossible You've got to S M I L E to be H A double P YWell that takes care of that He decides to live in Mugby Junction so he can woo sideways face and be close enough to visit dimples Also it's here that we get one of the super coincidences for which Dickens is so famous but I'm not going to spoil it I swear he coined the saw it's a small worldChapter three leaves the first story behind and this is my favorite of the ones I've read so far The style is akin to Mark Twain's in its snarkiness and it is hilarious The first couple of pages left me wondering just what in the hell I was reading because I couldn't follow anything but the second part brought it all together It's about a refreshment room at the junction which is so terrible that everybody hates it but the staff is convinced that the way they do things is the correct way The boss visits refreshment rooms in France and comes back to report how poorly they do things by giving the customers what they want accommodating the guests as best they can serving edible food and potable beverages and the staff is aghast I understand this chapter came about from an experience Dickens had in a refreshment room where he was snubbed and the result is a pure delight to readOne thing I noticed is that Dickens can't write an American patois for shit even though he visited us once Or was that just in an episode of The Rifleman? No wait Dickens showed up in Bonanza It was Mark Twain in The Rifleman I need to brush up on my TV westerns Anyway we get this lineAnother time a merry wideawake American gent had tried the sawdust and spit it out and had tried the Sherry and spit that out and had tried in vain to sustain exhausted natur upon Butter Scotch and had been rather extra Bandolined and Line surveyed through when as the bell was ringing and he paid Our Missis he says very loud and good tempered “I tell Yew what ’tis ma’arm I la’af Theer I la’af I Dew I oughter ha’ seen most things for I hail from the Onlimited side of the Atlantic Ocean and I haive travelled right slick over the Limited head on through Jee rusalemm and the East and likeways France and Italy Europe Old World and am now upon the track to the Chief Europian Village; but such an Institution as Yew and Yewer young ladies and Yewer fixin’s solid and liuid afore the glorious Tarnal I never did see yet And if I hain’t found the eighth wonder of monarchical Creation in finding Yew and Yewer young ladies and Yewer fixin’s solid and liuid all as aforesaid established in a country where the people air not absolute Loo naticks I am Extra Double Darned with a Nip and Frizzle to the innermostest grit Wheerfur—Theer—I la’af I Dew ma’arm I la’af” And so he went stamping and shaking his sides along the platform all the way to his own compartmentYou can see he gets close with a couple of things but totally blows it with the others But let's not be too harsh; writing phonetic vernacular is tough and I imagine it's even tougher if you're a Brit shooting for a southern US flavorChapter four was pretty cool as well though it was unexpected It's a ghost story and telling those at Christmastime was a popular activity during Dickens' day and age This came close to being my favorite part but I still leave that honor with chapter three for now Who knows what the other chapters hold Most importantly though is the following uote from this chapter It was not to be denied I rejoined that this was a remarkable coincidence calculated deeply to impress his mind But it was unuestionable that remarkable coincidences did continually occurSuddenly so much of Dickens' bibliography becomes clearI'll revisit this if I ever read the last four chapters Got this off Gutenberg for the famous ghost story The Signalman which is good but perhaps undeserving of its exalted status The rest is very meh Dickens opens well until the story hinges on a ridiculous coincidence The remainder of the stories are forgettable although the mystery of the man and the shaving mirror is engaging I believe this was written as commercial magazine filler and it shows I had never really read many short stories until Mugby read Rugby junction The character development is sublime in so few pages It has to be said that while you don’t have to be one to enjoy these three stories being a rail enthusiast really helped my understanding of the functions of the characters and reading about them from the time itself was very interesting

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  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Mugby Junction
  • Charles Dickens
  • English
  • 01 March 2016
  • 9781843911296