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Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Dodger (edition 2012)

by Terry Pratchett

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Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:HarperCollins (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
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  sraedi | Aug 24, 2014 |
I found this a struggle at first but started to enjoy it about a third of the way in. I always have mixed reactions to Terry Pratchett. When he is good, he is very, very good but when he's not bad exactly but just average, he is just average. And this for me was an average. ( )
  infjsarah | Jun 22, 2014 |
Set in Victorian London, Dodger is a wonderful historical novel centered around a Dickensonian character named Dodger. Making his living as a "tosher", he rummages in the sewers for loose change or pieces of jewelry that have fallen through the grates. While on a search one night he hears a woman's scream and emerges from below in time to save her by beating off two attackers. Also attracted to the scene are Charles (Charlie) Dickens and Henry Mayhew. They assist Dodger in moving the girl to a safer locale and thus begins a wonderful story.

Pratchett incorporates many historical figures in this story and the afterword explains who they are so the reader can distinguish them from the fictional characters. As well as the two already mentioned, Benjamin Disraeli and even Queen Victoria make appearances.

Written in the style of Dickens, Pratchett serves up humor and word play appropriate to the time period. The reader is completely submerged in the world and underworld of the time. Fans of Dickens' works will appreciate the sly inserts of references, like Bleak House and Oliver Twist. Pratchett has tried to remain true to the slang and other references of the time.

The audio version of the book is ably read by Stephen Briggs who naturally has the educated London accent and can turn on the Cockney accent as needed. His clipped speech took a little getting used to but eventually seemed as natural as anyone. ( )
  mamzel | Mar 24, 2014 |

On a purely emotional level, I loved this book. It took me right back to breathlessly reading children's editions of books by Twain and Dickens as a young whippersnapper. And sometimes that is all that counts. ( )
  StigE | Feb 22, 2014 |
I might have enjoyed it more if I'd read more Dickens and saw Sweeney Todd first, but it was great even without that
  arcadia123 | Feb 19, 2014 |
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Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidby, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The rain poured down on London so hard that it seemed it was dancing spray, every raindrop contending with its fellow for supremacy in the air and waiting to splash down.
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