Dodger, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Dodger is a tosher - a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London.

Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn't. But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him. And Dodger's tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780552563147

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My final book of the readathon -- and yes, I slept somewhere in the middle of that.Dodger is fun enough to read, but when you look back on it, I have to agree with other reviews that there isn't much substance. It's not funny in the way Pratchett usually is, and it belabors a couple of points for humour beyond the point of being funny. I agree, too, with some of the discomfort about the stereotypes of Jewish characters: Solomon is a good character in himself, and amusing, but the constant stereotyping did leave something of a bad taste.Nonetheless, it kept me reading, and I enjoyed Pratchett's Dickensian London and his little jokes about Dickens' writing, so I can't give it too low a score. Perhaps it's better read not as a Pratchett novel, expecting humour and magic, but as a fun alternate history romp through the sewers of London -- and if you can't stop pondering Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere as you read, that might even add to it.