I picked this book up because the author was compared to Roald Dahl of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I thought, if it’s even close, it’ll be worth it. And Barlow does have his characters veering between loveable and slightly dangerous, or even unpleasant, so I’m okay with that comparision. The book is set in Victorian England, where Industrialism has made millionaires, built cities, and opened the world for fortune seekers. Intoxicated is the story of one rural family and their adventures with a mysterious hunchback dwarf who favors bright green suits, and how they invent the world’s first soda and change the way we drink. The characters are broadly drawn, and everything is charged with the newness of a changing world back when change was exciting, not frightening.