Synopses & Reviews
"Learn to read and write, learn all you can, learn cunning, spare nobody and stop at nothing. â?¦ Do your devilmost â?¦ for the Jago's got you!" Dicky Perrott, growing up in the notoriously criminal enclave of the Jago, listens and learns. Compelled by his family's circumstances to provide for his mother and siblings, he sharpens his skills as a boy thief. Along the way, he navigates the Jago's topsy-turvy ethics, vacillating between the rival messages of his mentors, a devious local fence and a righteous slum priest. Relentless in its bleakness and violence, A Child of the Jago captures the desperate struggle for survival in 1890s East London.This Broadview Edition provides the literary, socio-historical, and philosophical contexts vital to readers' understanding and appreciation of the novel. Historical appendices include materials on eugenics, hooliganism, womenâ??s sweated labor, cultural philanthropy, and the debate over the novel's accuracy.