By Terry Pratchett
Beloved and bestselling writer Sir Terry Pratchett's Dodger, a Printz Honor publication, combines excessive comedy with deep knowledge in a story of 1 impressive boy's upward push in a fantasy-infused Victorian London.
Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content material as a sewer scavenger. yet he enters a brand new international whilst he rescues a tender woman from a beating, and her destiny affects one of the most robust humans in England.
From Dodger's come across with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his conferences with the nice author Charles Dickens and the calculating baby-kisser Benjamin Disraeli, heritage and delusion intertwine in a panoramic account of experience and mystery.
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Are you aware what a cannonball can do, sir? occasionally they leap, very humorous, ha, after which they're operating alongside the floor, after which a few lad . . . certain, a few lad clean from the farm in Dorset or eire, along with his head packed with lies approximately strive against, and in his pocket a badly drawn photo of his female friend, who may need enable him tickle her fancy simply because he used to be the courageous warrior off to struggle Boney . . . This younger warrior sees that dreadful cannonball rolling alongside at the turf like it’s a online game of skittles, and so like a bloody fool he calls out to his friends, corresponding to have survived, and he comes to a decision to provide it an immense kick, now not figuring out how a lot strength there's nonetheless left within the ball. that's particularly adequate to take off his leg, and never simply his leg. Barber-surgeon, that’s me, the general practitioner bit at the battlefield being a little bit resembling butchery, yet just a little greater paid . . . and that i see them now . . . the damaged males, the handiwork of God twisted into poor shapes, bad . . . and right here they arrive . . . right here they arrive, simply as they constantly come, our excellent heroes, a few seeing for people with no eyes, a few sporting people with no legs, a few screaming for them without voice . . . ’ for all time the razor danced and weaved, hypnotically, from side to side, whereas Dodger slid slowly in the direction of the sweating guy. ‘Not sufficient bandages, no longer sufficient medicinal drugs, now not adequate . . . existence . . . ’ Sweeney Todd mumbled. ‘I attempted. I by no means pointed the weapon at one other guy, I simply attempted to assist, whilst the simplest assist you can provide is the light knife, and but nonetheless they arrive . . . they arrive right here now, for all time . . . trying to find me . . . and so they say they aren’t lifeless, yet i do know they're. lifeless, yet nonetheless jogging. Oh! The pity of it, the pity . . . ’ Now Dodger’s hand, which have been following the twisting flight of the erratic blade, lightly gripped the hand that held it, and it looked as if it would Dodger that he might see these infantrymen himself, so hypnotic used to be the sway of the razor, and he might believe himself being dragged in the direction of a few poor consequence until eventually the internal Dodger, the bit that desired to live on, awakened, saluted, took keep an eye on over Dodger’s arm and well and thoroughly lifted the razor out of Sweeney Todd’s hand. The swaying guy didn’t even observe it cross. nonetheless staring right into a position the place Dodger didn't want to determine, he easily enable it move and slumped down over the chair, foam settling round him softly. basically then did Dodger become aware of that they weren’t on my own, simply because whereas he were part within the dream global of Sweeney Todd, there within the doorway – and being remarkably quiet for his or her variety – have been peelers, sweating and watching him and negative Mister Todd. one of many peelers stated, ‘Holy Mary, mom of God! ’ and either males jumped again as Dodger folded up the razor and shoved it into his pocket out of harm’s manner. Then he became again, smiled cheerfully on the peelers, and stated, ‘Can I assist you gents? ’ After that, the realm went mad, or at the least extra mad than it have been earlier than. Dodger used to be surrounded via humans, and the little store used to be awful with peelers, brushing previous him to the again of the store, after which he may pay attention the rattle of a lock, the thud of a boot and, within the distance, a few poor swearing.