- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Hooligan Nights (Victorian London Ebooks Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Highly recommend. Planned to read in spare time but struggled to put down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worse sort of Victorian garbage. I expected more. Unreadable, even as a historical document.Published 2 months ago by Varan Komodsky
The language written is hard to follow in places. The scenes are well set though.Published 16 months ago by B. Scour