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Jack Dawkins

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  24 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
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 more than a boy. Now he has returned to find that London has changed while the boy has turned into a man.

With few prospects provided by his criminal past and having developed mannerisms that allow him to move amongst a higher strata of society,
Paperback, 1st, 190 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Golbin Publishing
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Jay Howard
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fitting sequel

I 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
Lynette Willows
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review of “Jack Dawkins” by Charlton Daines

I 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
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E-book gifted by author for review

Fans 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
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mark Bell
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An attempt at expanding the work of a world class
author, such as Dickens, might label a writer:
a) Insane
b) Egotistical
c) Foolish
d) Delusional

I 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
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Patricia Reding
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Kathy Davis
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me to provide an unbiased review on 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 ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Emily-Jane Orford
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this ebook via Goodreads to review.

A grown Jack Dawkins returns to London after fleeing the penal colony in Australia. Stepping off the ship he is instantly hit with the changes to the city and the old neighborhood he had grown up in with the cast of young thieves and their caretaker Fagin. Memories flood the mind and heart of the grown Artful Dodger.
Beginning to ply his trade, Dawkins makes his way through the seedy underworld of London and finds in some ways, nothi
Aniket Harsh
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Borrowing a character from a classic and spinning off an independent tale is, at it's best risky. The most difficult part is to overcome the biases of the hard core fans who see any tinkering as nothing short of blasphemy (An example would be those numerous authors who have burnt their hands recreating the magic of Sherlock Holmes). And those readers who do pick up the book, are usually hungover with the original work and critical comparisons are but natural.
I am a huge fan of Dickens and I must
Sherry Chiger
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
What a fabulous idea: a novel that follows the adventures of the adult Jack Dawkins, aka the Artful Dodger of Oliver Twist fame. And the plot that Charlton Daines whipped up was in fact promising. Unfortunately the writing--well, when the phrase "he thought to himself" appears on the first page, it doesn't bode well. (To whom else could he think?) So many scenes that begged to be fleshed out were perfunctorily described: What did Jack and Oliver talk about during their several-hour conversation ...more
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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 Fiction.

The occasional spot of Humour or flights of fancy are likely to slip into this all too serious catalogue of self-indulgent scribblings.

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