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The Hooligan Nights (Victorian London Ebooks Book 1) by [Rook, Clarence]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Victorian London Ebooks (1 Feb. 1890)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3RHYO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2011
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This was written by Clarence Rook, a journalist and writer of fiction. This was published in book form in 1899 but despite the inpression that the author himself gives in his own introduction, this is a work of fiction. So saying though, such things mentioned in this book did and do happen, but the author did not keep bumping into Alf, the main character of this. If you are wondering where most of this book takes place, it is now in the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.

This was quite popular on its first appearance, and is still a good read today. The author has tried to capture the language and the slang of the area by writing the sayings of Alf in the dialect, and there is also a glossary supplied at the back of the book of slang words used. So who is Alf? In a nutshell the character is a composition of different people, and Alf thus appears much larger than life. The book is slightly comical in places and is enjoyable to read with Alf relating all the dodges he knows about and gets up to, from pickpocketing (although I should point out that the examples given here are not just the skill of a fingersmith, but also mugging), burglary and robbery, and a whole host of other tricks.

Being a South Londoner born and bred I must rather shame facedly admit that I can speak the type of dialect that Alf talks, I already know the slang, and I knew all the cons in this book, although some refer to the days of horse and carts. I have to admit that most people will probably be well aware of all the dodges that go on, and you won't really find anything new here. What is funy though is that Alf, the wideboy, thinks he is quite clever with all his ducking and diving, but you still see his type about today. While he may be making a bit of money here and there, he always has the worry of being caught, and never makes enough to rise above others and make something of himself.
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I have been reading a few books about Victorian London . This book purports to be a true story but is in reality a short collection of short stories by the author but they do ring true and I enjoyed the book. Not Dickens but I did enjoy them and can recommend them to readers who are interested in the period
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By Jude Faulkner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2011
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I am a not a native but have lived in London for a long time and enjoy finding out about it's history. I knew about the 'hooligans' in the 1800's from my history studies but this book expands on the theme. I work with people who still talk like the main character and have seen a lot of dodgy things that have their roots in this era. The reader could make direct comparisons between these 'hooligans' and the recent London rioters. A very good read.
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Not as engaging as James Greenwood's books but still interesting. Looking at London today with it's gangs and drugs, it appears history has a way of repeating itself.
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Excellently written and an absorbing insight to a'Hooligans' life.
Highly recommend. Planned to read in spare time but struggled to put down.
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If you have seen 'Oliver', then this is the real inside look at how the poorer classes 'got by', and a look at the language of the day.
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