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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist (edition 2012)

by Charles Dickens

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Title:Oliver Twist
Authors:Charles Dickens
Info:Harpercollins (2012), Hardcover, 144 pages
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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

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This got off to a rough start for me. The people at the orphanage were so nasty, I almost gave up. Then, around ten per cent of the way through the book, it captured my fancy, and I had no problems forging ahead. Of the four Dickens' books I've read this year, this is my second favorite after Great Expectations (fwiw, the other two being, David Copperfield and Bleak House).

A major theme in this book is how people are defined by their blood lines. Bad blood makes for a bad person and vice versa. There are, of course, a few who run against this vision. Two in this book being Nancy—who had some good tendencies within a more-or-less depraved character—, the other being Monks, who just seemed to be a quirk of nature, good breeding, but a bad character none the less. Oliver, it turns out, was such a good person because, unbeknownst to everyone, including himself, he did have good blood.

So, apparently, the reason for treating people so badly in orphanages and work houses of Victorian England was because they were depraved anyway. Why bother about them? It's kinda like Romney/Ryan's 47%. They're benighted folks anyway, just looking for handouts, so not worth worrying about.

It's rather an interesting point of view for people claiming to be Christian. My understanding of Christian theology is that all people are redeemable and should, therefore, be treated with respect.

So, it would seem that little has changed in the past 200 years, the Mr. Bumbles of Dickens' workhouse and the Romney/Ryans of today have the same exalted view of their own worth in society and the same stunted concept of the lack of worth of everyone less fortunate than they. One day, one hopes, those of the Romney/Ryan ilk will either be saved, or else like Mr. Bumble, be discredited and discarded. I'm not holding my breath.
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  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
More confirmation for my belief that what people think of as the good old days were really the bad old days. Sure, when they refer to those days, most folks are talking about, say, the 1950s, or the 1930s (or, in some very misguided cases, the 1970s). Still, to see how far we've come, society-wise, in the relatively short time from Dickensian London to now.... Sure, these are caricatures, but I recognize many of the Christian sentiments expressed by the diabolical characters in this book from my own childhood.
  taxcourtjester | May 31, 2019 |
Writing: 5.0; descriptive writing adds flavor to this fine tale, with humorous twists added to it to help paint an exciting and intriguing tale.
Theme: 5.0; the life story of a young orphan boy, Oliver Twist, as he makes his way and is taken in by an undertaker before falling in with a group of street thieves working for the dastardly Fagin, and he meets a wide variety of colorful characters, eventually uncovering deep secrets relating to his past and that of his family's.
Content: 4.5; some violent encounters and other content that may be questionable for younger readers, but nothing too objectionable.
Language: 4.5; there are about five or six uses of vulgarity in this tome, as well as some other words that appear to be fill-ins for swears, whereas (somewhat confusedly) some words are blanked out.

One of the greatest literary classics of all time, Oliver Twist tells the tragic and exciting story of the early years of the titular orphan boy as he meets a wide variety of characters that populate the grimy city he resides in. Initially, Oliver is subjected to various cruelties at the hands of his caretakers in the workhouse before he is passed into the care of a grouchy undertaker. Shortly thereafter, Oliver falls into the company of a group of criminals led by the mischievous and heartless old Jew named Fagin, who works with a seedy group of individuals, including the murderous Bill Sikes and several other youths, like the Artful Dodger and Charley Bates. Oliver soon finds belonging with the kind Maylie family, who help him discover the secrets of his familial history. The book is well-written with a fine vocabulary and excellent writing that keeps you intrigued and wanting to read on. Charles Dickens's writes a brilliant classic, which is sure to please readers for countless more years. Some of the incidents do seem a little outrageous, especially concerning how so many treat Oliver so poorly, yet it does help add feelings of sympathy for the titular character. This is definitely a great classic, and it is a fine addition to all literary collections. The book does go on and is very long, but it is definitely worth the read for the final payoff, bearing different flavors of various genres, including mystery, suspense, and drama. Definitely a book to check out if you haven't already; it certainly deserves the title of classic. ***March 6, 2019*** ( )
  DarthTindalus | Mar 7, 2019 |
Writing: 5.0; Theme: 5.0; Content: 4.5; Language: 4.5; Overall: 5.0; This was a wonderful volume that shares the rough, yet heart-warming story of Oliver Twist. Oliver travels through life battling the evils of this world while growing up in the poor conditions of a street youth. This story resembles the process that many Christians go through. As Christians, like Oliver, we are persecuted in this life, but in the end those who were the persecuted will one day receive glorious rewards if they live their lives pleasing to Christ. Great tome! Highly recommend. ***March 5, 2019*** (read with Jonathan) ( )
  jntjesussaves | Mar 5, 2019 |
A classic expose on cultural beliefs and attitudes. Do we have some today which are as shameful? Dickens had an uncanny ability to evoke the most of evil and good in people with an intricate story. I love reading his lessons of social consciousness based in bare Christian values. The story is gripping, exciting and flows with easy prose. Everyone should read this book and I am glad I finally did. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
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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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Tells the story of a poor orphan's adventures in the criminal underworld of mid-nineteenth-century London.

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