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Clockwork Fagin by Cory Doctorow
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Feb 04, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, fan
Read from May 03 to June 22, 2012

Downtrodden inmate Sian O'Leary 17, originally from Hamilton, sold, like others, by impoverished parent, narrates "golden time" p91, arrival of "Monty" Montreal Montague Goldfarb, who brings brave heart, hand, and hope. Sisters of St Augustine Hospital send recovered children mutilated by machinery in steampunk Muddy York to Home for the Rehabilitation of Crippled Children run by sadistic greedy Zophar Grindersworth, who sends them out to beg, and beats them down, worse than abused dogs. He starves them and gorges himself.

Based on Dicken's Victorian London society, divided harshly between pampered rich and deprived oppressed poor. Style reminiscent of the master's fluid florid paid-by-word extravagance, creative long names. One who has been bullied or abused can identify and take courage here.

Monty, still bruised from beating day before, starved sleepless from night in fierce rat-filled torture hole, bloody from eye-blink stabbing, speechifies portent of future. "Old Turd Gargler" stole to "feather his pretty little nest". Together, the cripples were injured precisely because they were "artificers, machinists, engineers, cunning shapers and makers.. Between us we could make anything, do anything .. The sisters of the Simpering Order of Saint Agathas Weeping Sores have all the cleverness of a turnip" p66. The children deserve "a life of leisure, fun, and invention, such as befits children of our mental stature and good character" p67, and have five days to begin.

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"Clockwork Fagin" by Cory Doctorow, free at KoboBooks
Review of "Steampunk!" 14 well-written short stories.
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