Fagin’s Boy: The Further Particulars of a Parish Boy’s Progress is a totally new kind of book for me, and not one that I usually review for this blog. But, I am a huge fan of the classics, so when I was approached by Cristina Pilz about a review for a continuation piece, I gave it a place on my schedule and gave it a shot!
Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers
Genre: Gay Romantic Fiction
The first in a series, Fagin’s Boy is a continuation of Oliver Twist’s life after the novel by Charles Dickens ends, and it’s one hell of a continuation! Oliver is now a young man trying to live a respectable life as an apprentice. But soon Jack Dawkins, who you might know as the Artful Dodger, seeks Oliver out, causing an array of emotions to wash over Oliver as he tries to come to terms with the confusion and feelings he now experiences, as well as hold on to his new life.
Going to be honest, this is the first book that I’ve read that involves two men falling in love and exploring their sexuality. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but I finished it quite satisfied with the entire story. The romance of Jack and Oliver is tentative and sweet, the young fumbling of a new love in Victorian England. But there was a plot besides the romance, one of finding your footing when you’re trying to claw your way from the bottom of the societal barrel. And the writing; the writing is impeccable with each description totally fleshed out, but not in a tiring way.
Pilz does a wonderful job introducing two much loved characters into a new narrative seamlessly. I didn’t read this book as a political piece, but it still sparks a new conversation about homosexuality, young men exploring their feelings, and the level at which we have come to fully accept this natural occurrence. The moral of the review is to go into each book you find, even if you don’t think it’s your ‘type’. You might find a new gem among the library shelves that you wouldn’t have normally read.