Dodger Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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"Here, once again, is the mark of a great writer . . . we are captivated by ingenious word-building on every page . . . As Dodger's triumphant path ultimately brings him honour from the very highest rank of society, we cannot help but cheer not only for his success, but also for the success of this ebullient, funny and delightful novel." (Guardian)
"Wonderful." (Daily Mail)
"Dodger feels fresh, vibrant and full of energy, a triumph that should be celebrated as yet another glorious gift from Narrativia." (SFX)
"[A] superb novel . . . full of eccentric characters and carefully detailed London scenes, the tale embodies both Dickens's love for the common man and a fierce desire for social justice." (Publishers Weekly)
"It's a masterwork from a treasure and hero of a writer, and it will delight you." (Cory Doctorow)
A terrifically funny tale of dark deeds in Dickensian London, from master storyteller Terry Pratchett.See all Product Description
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A sequel must surely be a possibility.
I read this book in a couple of days and couldn't put it down. It was very much a Pratchett book in a Dickensian world filled with a mixture of the kind of curios that Pratchett produces and some very Dickensian old characters laced with famous characters from history thrown into a foggy murky melting pot of Victorian Intrigue.
This has been one of my highlights of this year and a real surprise. Loved it.
The book has little of Terry Pratchett's trademark humour, though there is some comedy of errors in Dodger's floundering in the unfamiliar world of high society. The story is told through Dodger's eyes, and so I suppose living on the edge of society leaves little time for laugh-out-loud moments, but I would have preferred more.
I was also uncomfortable with how Dodger met just about every leading figure from that time in the space of a few days, from Babbage and Mayhew through Robert Peel and even to Victoria and Albert, all of whom accepted him as an equal on the say-so of the journalist Dickens. Sweeney Todd I can forgive, this being an alternative past, but Dodger achieving overnight fame for not one but two historic feats of bravery in as many days seemed too coincidental, as did his buying Robert Peel's cast-offs immediately before meeting the man himself.
There was a lot of Samual Vimes in Sir Robert Peel. Historically he was a politician, but in this book his politics are second place to his being a copper of the old school, with a nose for what was what on the streets.Read more ›
As I started to read I could feel the stress draining from my body and (I am told) I sat with a contented look on my face. Ah yes, the power of the Pratchett.
Dodger is a "tosher" a person who searches the sewer system for the gems that fall into the toilet and end up being flushed, along with the coins and other bits and pieces that fall out of people's pockets ... he can earn more than a chimney sweeps boy, but without the soot.
One night, during a storm, Dodger comes to the rescue of a young woman who is being attacked by two men. During this rescue he meets a pair of reporters one by the name of Charlie Dickens and his friend Henry Mayhew (editor of Punch magazine) also come to the rescue, but Dodger, having grown up on the streets, doesn't trust these posh adults with this young woman and decides to become her protector.
On the way we, and they, meet Angela Coots (member of the banking family), Robert Peel (head of the police), Benjamin Disraeli (Prime Minister), and one Mr Sweeney Todd, along with more historical characters (real and ficticious).
Someone wants the young woman (known as Simplicity) dead, and Dodger and his new acquaintances must find out who it is and why.
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Sir Terry is back to his best.
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This novel is set in something approximating to Victorian London. The star of this book is a young man called Dodger who works as a ‘tosher’: someone who scavenges in sewers for... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Sue
Typical Pratchett, enjoyed the read and the Dickensian twist.Published 2 months ago by r4gotagain1938
I bought this for a long road trip. It kept me amused for mile after mile and the narration was brilliantPublished 3 months ago by Les Rouges
Quite a good plot, not one of his more outstanding, but ingeniously borrowed as ever, with a typical Terry twist, very enjoyable.Published 3 months ago by Biffo
This is a novel I would reccomend to anyone fond of Terry Pratchett, the Dickensian era- or both! I am of twelve summers myself and I would probably reccomend the novel for any 11+... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Helenb