Jack Dawkins



[PDF / Epub] ✅ Jack Dawkins By Charlton Daines – E17streets4all.co.uk Jack Dawkins, once known as the Artful Dodger in the streets of London, was sent to Australia on a prison ship when he was little than a boy Now he has returned to find that London has changed while t Jack Dawkins, once known as the Artful Dodger in the streets of London, was sent to Australia on a prison ship when he was little than a boy Now he has returned to find that London has changed while the boy has turned into a manWith few prospects provided by his criminal past and having developed mannerisms that allow him to move amongst a higher strata of society, Jack turns his back on the streets that would have primed him as a successor to the murderer, Bill Sykes, and quickly remodels himself as a gentleman thief New acquaintances and a series of chance encounters, including one with his old friend Oliver, create complications as remnants of his past come back to plague him Jack is forced to struggle for a balance between his new life and memories that haunt him with visions of the derelict tavern where Nancy used to sing.Jack Dawkins

Charlton Daines is an academic and an aficionado of fine Literature As such, he has sought to add to the collective of world Literature with the occasional selection that might appeal to those with a love of Classics and Historical FictionThe occasional spot of Humour or flights of fancy are likely to slip into this all too serious catalogue of self indulgent scribblingsCharlton Daines was born in London, but currently lives in the middle of England with his family, which includes an odd selection of common and pedigree cats.

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  • Paperback
  • 190 pages
  • Jack Dawkins
  • Charlton Daines
  • English
  • 27 September 2019
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10 thoughts on “Jack Dawkins

  1. says:

    A fitting sequelI am so pleased that Charlton Daines was the author to take on this story Those of us who loved Oliver Twist present a tough audience to convince that a new novel about The Artful Dodger as an adult is a legitimate continuation of the same character s life story, but Daines pulls it off admirably Dodger was a lovable rogue as a child in Dickens hands and has the same sterling qualities as an adult as he returns to England in Daines care.In this story Jack finds it increasingl A fitting sequelI am so pleased that Charlton Daines was the author to take on this story Those of us who loved Oliver Twist present a tough audience to convince that a new novel about The Artful Dodger as an adult is a legitimate continuation of the same character s life story, but Daines pulls it off admirably Dodger was a lovable rogue as a child in Dickens hands and has the same sterling qualities as an adult as he returns to England in Daines care.In this story Jack finds it increasingly difficult to reconcile the two sides of his life, the underworld of thieves and worse which he must use to support himself, and the upper middle class life he becomes increasingly a part of through his association with Oliver The development of both plot and characters is very satisfying and I found I was rooting for Jack to get the right stroke of good fortune to allow him to make the right choices None of it felt forced or unnatural, we met some interesting new characters, and best of all I got the happy ending I was hoping for.I was allocated this book to review as part of the Goodreads Review Group scheme for non reciprocal reviewing of indie authors by indie authors I received a free copy but this in no way obligated me to give any other than an honest review

  2. says:

    Review of Jack Dawkins by Charlton DainesI want to preface this review by saying I read it from the viewpoint of someone who has never read Charles Dickens I have, but it was years ago I wanted to do this so I could find out if it could stand alone as a novel in its own right, and not dependent on former knowledge.Jack Dawkins, The Artful Dodger, returns to England from ten years in the Australian convict outback, having escaped from there His return is illegal, not having served his full s Review of Jack Dawkins by Charlton DainesI want to preface this review by saying I read it from the viewpoint of someone who has never read Charles Dickens I have, but it was years ago I wanted to do this so I could find out if it could stand alone as a novel in its own right, and not dependent on former knowledge.Jack Dawkins, The Artful Dodger, returns to England from ten years in the Australian convict outback, having escaped from there His return is illegal, not having served his full sentence of life, but for this clever child thief, that was not a hindrance He endeavors to find anyone connected with his former circle of child thieves, especially Oliver Brownlow, a young man he had helped kidnap years ago, and who was ultimately rescued from a life on the streets with the accidental help of Jack Now Jack is back in London and determined to look up Oliver and regain that connection What follows is an in depth and insightful exploration of one man s searching for his place in a society that didn t care about him as a child, and cares even less now he s a young man Forced to find his own way, he finds that his former skills come in handy, affording his living but fighting his own conscious and re discovering his morality In this process, he reluctantly makes connections with even less desirable characters than he was associated with in his childhood, and gets himself into situations that provethan troublesome The plot was engrossing and believable, and it did indeed stand alone as a novel in its own right, with no dependence on former knowledge of the book or the stage play I was prepared to be bored and was pleasantly surprised to find myself immediately engrossed in the story It flowed naturally and the characters were well developed and easy to remember They were certainly not what I call cookie cutter characters You could easily envision their pasts and how they grew up, and what made them do what they did I especially enjoyed the play on morality, the theme I took being nurture VS nature Despite his upbringing on the streets, being taught to steal to make a living and the warped morals that were instilled in him from a very young age, he finds he still has feelings and a conscious that, I think, surprises even him There are things he just won t consider, showing he is innately a good man, despite his dubious livelihood, knowing no other way.The atmosphere and descriptions of the location during that era is striking, allowing the reader to see the difference in the areas around the city I did find the brief love story concerning Jack and Lilly, the modest flower girl, a bit unrealistic, only based on brief glimpses and even briefer meetings, but that could be because my background is in romance writing I tried hard to find flaws in this novel and this was the best I could come up with All in all, a great read, and I would highly recommend it, both to those familiar with the work it was based on, and for those unfamiliar with Dickens work I enthusiastically rate this as a five star read

  3. says:

    E book gifted by author for reviewFans of the book Oliver Twist will love this story about the artful dodger all grown up I have not read Oliver Twist and wondered did I need to before I started reading it, but I need not have worried as it did not focus on Oliver in any great way.To start with I wondered how this story would be handled being a sequel of sorts to such a well known classic but it was handled carefully and with much love from the author for the time period and the characters invo E book gifted by author for reviewFans of the book Oliver Twist will love this story about the artful dodger all grown up I have not read Oliver Twist and wondered did I need to before I started reading it, but I need not have worried as it did not focus on Oliver in any great way.To start with I wondered how this story would be handled being a sequel of sorts to such a well known classic but it was handled carefully and with much love from the author for the time period and the characters involved I absolutely adored the old style of writing and story telling that this tale serves up to the reader The author takes you right into the heart of London and its many and varied characters A favourite part for me was the use of the old English language, you can almost hear the characters talking in that wonderful old slang.Jack The Artful Dodger Dawkins comes back to London after a stretch of time in Australia for crimes he committed at a child In his absence, the faces and the city itself have changed But ever the artful dodger he finds himself back in the thick of things faster than even he perhaps wants to Life takes him from one side of the law to the other and from one lifestyle to another to suit the situations at hand, going from street pickpocket to hero and back again All the characters though seemingly separated by their class and lifestyles all intertwine in the end.All in all a wonderful story about a very interesting character Fans of Dickens should not be disappointed by the tell of this tale and is definitely worth a read

  4. says:

    This is my first experience reading the self published novel, and I believe it was a successful attempt I sincerely and responsibly state that I enjoyed reading this novel It was not a breathtaking read, neither was is a classy read when you enjoy and devour the literary dessert of words, phrases, and sentences, but not all books are created to be literary masterpieces Some of them serve a laudable and pragmatic function to entertain its readers This novel surely does The premise of the nov This is my first experience reading the self published novel, and I believe it was a successful attempt I sincerely and responsibly state that I enjoyed reading this novel It was not a breathtaking read, neither was is a classy read when you enjoy and devour the literary dessert of words, phrases, and sentences, but not all books are created to be literary masterpieces Some of them serve a laudable and pragmatic function to entertain its readers This novel surely does The premise of the novel is the return and the new leash of life for one of the fringe but memorable Dickens characters, Jack Dawkins, also known as Artful Dodger Jack Dawkins tries to reestablish himself in the society and finds himself split between two societies the underworld of London thieves, prostitutes, muggers, kidnappers, and other shadowy characters, and the world of the genteel and rich society, the upper crust He even entertains the idea of being a gentleman thief Eventually, he does have to make a choice, but it is upon the reader to decide how plausible his choice is The character of Jack Dawkins is a flawed character that is always torn between his natural impulses to be good and his desires to practice his superb skills It might seem strange, but namely this duality is one of his most sympathetic features The spontaneous combination of doing good things and being remorseful with his permanent desire to pick pockets is truly authentic I also believe that though the book is highly entertaining, it provides an interesting historical insight into the underworld and does convey a certain social message the book reflects the societal structure of nineteenth century London, the indulgent and decadent life of rich students, the dietary habits, means of transportation, and other facts that create a certain feeling of historicity On the other hand, there are things in this novel that prevented me from giving four stars I refuse to believe that the life of one person could be so intensely built on serendipity how he meets Oliver, Tom, and the policeman who eventually recognizes him, how other characters lives are interwoven, all this is highly questionable For the situation to develop the way it developed in the book, too many things should come together, and they did, which, in my opinion, is a stretch Another weakness is the choice of words The author makes a laudable effort and painstakingly diffuses the text with the professional argot of thieves, but he refuses to create a minuscule semblance to the Victorian discourse Conversely, I have to admit that the author is definitely well versed, but his choice of words, though elaborate, reflects his position as a modern man of letters Again, some of those high brow words and verbal moves did look sparklingly beautiful, hilarious, and even tongue in cheeky when they were used in the mundane context All in all, I spend a couple of enjoyable evenings in the company of this novel If you want to knowabout the dark underbelly of London in the 19th century and, surprisingly, about the ambrosial desserts, this is the book for you

  5. says:

    An attempt at expanding the work of a world class author, such as Dickens, might label a writer a Insane b Egotisticalc Foolishd DelusionalI am happy to report that Charlton Danes proves that, as a writer, he is none of the above His choice of main character is one most of us know by nickname yet know little about the character Who doesn t know the name, Artful Dodger I am not qualified to speak as a Dickens scholar or fan but I have read most of his major novels and feel comfortable An attempt at expanding the work of a world class author, such as Dickens, might label a writer a Insane b Egotisticalc Foolishd DelusionalI am happy to report that Charlton Danes proves that, as a writer, he is none of the above His choice of main character is one most of us know by nickname yet know little about the character Who doesn t know the name, Artful Dodger I am not qualified to speak as a Dickens scholar or fan but I have read most of his major novels and feel comfortable in stating that Danes has written his tale in a style that will make any reader of Dickens comfortable The book was well paced It contained enough twist and turns to keep my interest peaked and my anticipation high and it has a true Dickensian ending I will not waste your time or mine with a synopsis It is every thing you expect from a Dickens tale If you like Dickens you will surely enjoy this novel

  6. says:

    Charlton Daines has with graceful aplomb crafted a masterful and winning tale, craftily adopting the tone, lingua franca and communal sin qua non of olde tyme London The tale blips along quite naturally, all being of one with its Olive Twist beginnings as it swiftly toggles from Jack Dawkins in his natural petty thief state, to the new and improved Jack Dawkins who so smoothly acquaints and inserts himself into polite society Naturally, it is only a matter of negligible time before Dawkins r Charlton Daines has with graceful aplomb crafted a masterful and winning tale, craftily adopting the tone, lingua franca and communal sin qua non of olde tyme London The tale blips along quite naturally, all being of one with its Olive Twist beginnings as it swiftly toggles from Jack Dawkins in his natural petty thief state, to the new and improved Jack Dawkins who so smoothly acquaints and inserts himself into polite society Naturally, it is only a matter of negligible time before Dawkins runs head on into his old cohort, Oliver Twist, who has cleanly moved in to and adopted the habits, manners, and air of upper crust society A world of seemingly impenetrable suspicions mars their first meeting Oliver, who expresses to Jack, Once a thief, always a thief, is understandably concerned about his old acquaintance s ability to shake his old persona Jack, aka Artful Dodger, receives this pronouncement as a right hook to the head.Here forward, the tale twists and turns and rises and falls on many incidental and ultimately incendiary developments, pushing Jack Dawkins to the outermost limits of his wily character and its permutations as a fierce internal struggle rages, leaving him unquestionably at odds with his scandalous actions as he moves deeper and deeper into a world he had only known antagonistically as the Artful Dodger, only to face it now head on with a susurrating, closely held hope that he may one day be fully accepted into this world, much like Pinocchio wishing ever so dearly to become a real boy As rehabilitative efforts have been reported to have no appreciable effect on recidivism, the criminal justice system s efforts to rehabilitate offenders have failed With hope springing eternal, Jack Dawkins proceeds with trilling trepidation, deeply haunted as he finds painful the truism old habits die hard In this well crafted saga, Daines has whipped up not only a study on criminology, but what may very well have been the continuing tale of the Artful Dodger had Dickens so chosen to pursue it to its logical conclusion If the story of Oliver Twist has a lingering resonance with you, it is strongly recommended you read this indispensable work of Charlton Daines Not only does it serve as worthy companion to its engendering tale of old world London, but it is a tale that Dickens himself would no doubt approve without compunction.C.B Smith, author of Love, Knuckles and Melody Genesis

  7. says:

    I must say I am a Dickens fan totally and completely What I love most about Dickens is not the stories themselves it is his characters and descriptions I could spend I have spent hours just reading the amusing ways and manners of these quirky personalities and becoming lost in the places and things that Dickens so creatively and uniquely brought to life So, it was a pleasure to read this sequel to Oliver Twist, a story about a side character from that great work In it, the author has manag I must say I am a Dickens fan totally and completely What I love most about Dickens is not the stories themselves it is his characters and descriptions I could spend I have spent hours just reading the amusing ways and manners of these quirky personalities and becoming lost in the places and things that Dickens so creatively and uniquely brought to life So, it was a pleasure to read this sequel to Oliver Twist, a story about a side character from that great work In it, the author has managed to re create Dickinsonian London in the author s own style, adding nothing to and taking nothing from the great Dickens himself, since by the author s own words, he did not intend to write in the style of Dickens.Jack Dawkins returns to London to try to find a new life While he struggles with trying to determine on which side of the law he will fall, the reader is quite confident from the outset that Dawkins will ultimately seek a life within the law or at least mostly so It is Dawkins attempts to help others Lilly, the flower girl, Charlie, the kidnapped child, Reg, the street urchin who reminded Dawkins so much of himself in Jack s earlier days, even those from the seedier side of life who had befriended Jack, like Tom and Graves that lay this groundwork of expectation for the reader Thus, the ending, while not a surprise, was the one the reader desired, and the journey along the way was a pleasant meandering through the streets and society of old London.I do note that there were a fair number of events that occur by happenstance the hat Dawkins steals happens to belong to the Italian pastry chef who happens to be employed by the Caufields so eventually, Jack happens to learn that he can now safely wear the same in public Dawkins happens to run into Oliver notwithstanding the vast size of and number of people in the city Jack happens to run into a man he knows at the train station when Jack is trying to leave town quickly to pawn goods stolen from that very same man the one copper who will have a heart for a former street waif just happens to be the one that identifies Jack and, though the copper could turn Jack in, does not and so forth Notwithstanding, Jack Dawkins was a fun read.Well done, Charlton Daines Keep them coming

  8. says:

    This book was given to me to provide an unbiased review on Goodreads.com by the author Upon first reading that the character the artful dodger had been borrowed for the premise of this story, I thought, what audacity , what ambition But as soon as I began to read a few passages, I was impressed with the detail, the character development, and the authors ability to to build upon the story of Oliver and Jack s relationship as grown men In a brilliant portrayal of Jack s return to the s This book was given to me to provide an unbiased review on Goodreads.com by the author Upon first reading that the character the artful dodger had been borrowed for the premise of this story, I thought, what audacity , what ambition But as soon as I began to read a few passages, I was impressed with the detail, the character development, and the authors ability to to build upon the story of Oliver and Jack s relationship as grown men In a brilliant portrayal of Jack s return to the scene of the crime years later as a story of the underbelly of pickpockets and thieves intertwine with the upper crust of society, I was reeled into the web of adventure and unable to stop reading until I had exhausted the very last word of this 132 page story I applaud Charlton Daines for this work of art I would boldly classify this Victorian, historical masterpiece in the same class as Great Expectations , Huck Finn and of course Oliver Twist I believe Charles Dickens would be pleased to see his work embellished and expounded upon by this author I look forward to the next literary undertaking by Charles Daines I rate this book a five star plusBRAVO

  9. says:

    The Artful Dodger was, perhaps, an undervalued character Not in Jack Dawkins Oliver does not take center stage, which was charming I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, from the opening scene on the return voyage to a city that threw him out, to the ending that I was extremely concerned would be too predictable and tame in order to achieve comfort but was pleasantly surprising There are delightful supporting characters, interconnected story lines, threads that are reintroduced as the plot progress The Artful Dodger was, perhaps, an undervalued character Not in Jack Dawkins Oliver does not take center stage, which was charming I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, from the opening scene on the return voyage to a city that threw him out, to the ending that I was extremely concerned would be too predictable and tame in order to achieve comfort but was pleasantly surprising There are delightful supporting characters, interconnected story lines, threads that are reintroduced as the plot progresses and a re imagining of a scruffy urchin that many of us thought we were familiar with Enjoyable read

  10. says:

    Sit back, put your feet up and immerse yourself into the world of the nineteenth century Here s a story to take you back to Oliver s London, written in the compelling and descriptive narrative style of Charles Dickens himself It s Jack Dawkins story this time, not Oliver s Jack, Oliver s childhood buddy on the street, accomplice in crime, the infamous Artful Dodger of Fagin s nefarious crew And, he s just returned from Australia where he s served his time There s none of Fagin s old crew r Sit back, put your feet up and immerse yourself into the world of the nineteenth century Here s a story to take you back to Oliver s London, written in the compelling and descriptive narrative style of Charles Dickens himself It s Jack Dawkins story this time, not Oliver s Jack, Oliver s childhood buddy on the street, accomplice in crime, the infamous Artful Dodger of Fagin s nefarious crew And, he s just returned from Australia where he s served his time There s none of Fagin s old crew remaining, but that doesn t bother Jack He s a mind to elevate himself to a higher station in life, to seek his rewards in most genteel company But when he reconnects with his childhood friend, Oliver, Jack realizes, to his surprise, that he actually has a conscience and, whilst the pickings might be good, there is yet a certain element of honor amongst thieves, at least for this thief And, when a lad goes missing, kidnapped from his upper class home, Jack finds himself once again in his old haunts, only this timethe hero than the villain.Charlton Daines s novel, Jack Dawkins , is a fast actioned mystery set in Victorian London Complete with the popular characters of Dickens s Oliver Twist , namely Oliver and Artful Dodger Jack , this story reads like a Dickens story The narrative is concise and descriptive and the characters are both believable, compelling and capable of all kinds of emotions, including a bit of humor The wide diversity between the classes in this era is evident and the knowledge that one can actually bridge that gap with littlethan a new set of clothes and good command of the Queen s English Artful Dodger, aka Jack, seems to straddle the two extremes of society with great ease, until, in the end, he finds his place on one side of the river and decides to make his mark there permanently A great telling of a story that Dickens left untold This is indeed a classic, or perhaps I should say a continuation of a classic.Reviewed for Readers Favorite

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