A rollicking good tale. Ren, a one-handed orphan who has spent his life in St. Anthony's orphanage in New England, is plucked out by a supposed relative, Benjamin. Lots of preposterous (but I enjoyed them) adventures and misadventures ensue, while Ren tries to lead a "good" life among thieves and worse. I loved the twins, Ichy and Brom, and MRS. SANDS,the landlady and her dwarf brother. Benjamin's fellow Tom was lovable in his way, and especially endearing for bringing Ren's fellows, Ichy and Brom from the orphanage. A nice tension between the moral questions and the wild adventures. A quick read, and I think a good escape for me during a week of job woes and job interview contemplation.