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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist (edition 2004)

by Charles Dickens (Author)

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Title:Oliver Twist
Authors:Charles Dickens (Author)
Info:Folio Society (2004), Edition: New e., 422 pages
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seemed really predictable, hackneyed, lacking dimension ( )
  margaretfield | Jan 22, 2018 |
It’s a story that make everyone think about Oliver, like a brave man. He escaped from the workhouse, have a rich family that he never knew, a brother try to harm him, his mother die in workhouse, he never ‘ ew he had a family, a father or even a brother. He been with the thief, but he was benn help by a kind young and old lady at the house where he try to steal things. The thief never forgive him, they try to catch him back, they think he one of them for ever. But he met nice people who willing to help him out those thief.
This is amazing story, poor Oliver ( )
  Anphan | Oct 30, 2017 |
I have not yet read this book.
  LynneQuan | Sep 25, 2017 |
Between Shylock and shriveled "old Jew" Fagin, Classic English literature was not kind to Jewish people.

Though Oliver Twist does not rate as high as TALE OF TWO CITIES or THE CHRISTMAS CAROL,
the plot moves quickly along with fewer of the endlessly tedious boring characters that many later books have.

Another happy Dickens ending which would have been welcome if the dog had not died. ( )
  m.belljackson | Sep 12, 2017 |
Oliver Twist is probably Dickens's most famous novel, yet I just now had a chance to read it. Short version: I really, really enjoyed this story. I’ve read quite a few Dickens novels, and this was one of the least rambling, wordy works I’ve read by him. It was easy to understand, and while there are a lot of side stories, they do add greatly to the story overall and come on, the man was getting paid by the word. I’m surprised he didn’t throw in a couple more side stories for good measure.

I’ve avoided watching any movie or play versions of this novel because I hadn’t read it yet, so I was going into it as fresh as I could have, though I knew the basic premise. And I have to say, this story could very well fit in with a modern-day soap opera type TV show. So many ups and downs, and twists and turns! Just when it seems like Oliver is finally going to be happy, something horrible happens. Just when you think the horrible people are finally going to get what’s coming to them, something horrible happens. It’s a crazy ride, and an enjoyable one. As always, Dickens’s characters are beautiful and memorable in their caricatured style, and Dickens goes hard on the institution of poverty and how the “assistance” given to those fallen on hard times is a farce.

For fans of Dickens, this is a no-brainer, but for those who haven’t yet found a Dickens they like, I’d give this novel a try. It’s much more readable than his other works, and entertaining as well!

Also posted on Purple People Readers. ( )
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Oliver Twist, a meek, mild young boy, is born in the workhouse and spends his early years there until, finding the audacity to ask for more food, he is made to leave. Apprenticed to an undertaker by Mr Bumble, Oliver runs away in desperation and falls in with Fagin and his gang of thieves where he begins his new life in the criminal underworld.

Under the tutelage of the satanic Fagin, the brutal Bill Sikes and the wily Artful Dodger, Oliver learns to survive, although he is destined not to stay with Fagin but to find his own place in the world.

With its terrifying evocation of the hypocrisy of the wealthy and the depths to which poverty pushes the human spirit, Oliver Twist is both a fascinating examination of evil and a poignant moving novel for all times.
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Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events; the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter.
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The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters—the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery. 

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Scathing in its indictment of a cruel society and pervaded by a sense of threat and mystery, this novel is peopled with some of the most famous characters in literature. Elements of the Gothic Romance jostle with those of the Newgate novel and popular melodrama forging a style entirely Dickens'.… (more)

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