This was the book that accidentally fell in my trolley in Sainsbury’s the other week. I had been meaning to read it for a while and it was down to £3.80 or something ridiculous so I couldn’t resist. And I am so very glad I did read it.
Dodger tells the story of a young man living in Dickensian London. Life seems to be going ok for him until he sees a young lady being thrown from a carriage and set upon. Not wanting to see her killed he intervenes and chases off her attackers. Little does he know how much this will change his life.
Firstly I have to say that I loved this book. Pratchett manages to bring to life some wonderful characters from the age, some fictional some not. There is a whole host of well known people in this novel, some playing a major part, some just mentioned by name. Others more subtly hidden, or if that was not the authors intention, I had fun imagining them in those roles. The older Jewish gentleman that Dodger lives with for example.
After reading the author’s note at the end I think I may have to do some more reading about some of the historical figures he mentioned, as they really do sound like amazingly fascinating people.
I would whole heartedly recommend this book, I finished it in a matter of days, would have managed it quicker of work hadn’t got in the way. I won’t say I couldn’t put it down but I was keen to find out what would happen next. I have heard other people saying they didn’t like it, but I think it was more a case of it wasn’t what they were expecting. I will admit it wasn’t what I was expecting but I enjoyed it all the same.