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Oliver Twist [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Product Details

  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1450517064
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (November 1, 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JQUT8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,887 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars History with a bit of black June 29, 2012
By van K
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I expected to get a real feeling for the life experienced by much of the English population at that time but was pleasantly surprised by the black commentary on those conditions built into the prose. The vocabulary of the time sometimes confused but often delighted. Some plot outcomes were more simplistic than we expect nowadays.
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2.0 out of 5 stars alright February 20, 2012
By Fox
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All in all I thought that this was an alright book but there was a lot of words edited out. What is that? I'm glad I didn't pay for it because that is unacceptable. Books are meant to be read in their original form, not in some edited retelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outwardly Entertaining, Inwardly Thought-Provoking November 7, 2013
By Skip
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Though I don't own a Kindle, I do have the app on my iPad and was pleased to find this novel offered. I find most Kindle e-books to be easy to navigate and this one was no exception. The straightforward interface means you can look past the technology and do something so many of us enjoy: get lost in the pages of a good book, whether it's an electronic copy or not.

In terms of content, Oliver Twist is one of Dickens' most accessible novels. Hard Times and The Pickwick Papers might be weightier tomes and A Christmas Carol might be a better start for younger readers, but Oliver Twist is simply classic. On the surface engaging story with vivid characters that draws you in to the streets of London, Dickens uses his plucky little hero to paint a lurid portrait of the underbelly of society and the abject misery of living in poverty. By following Oliver through his meager workhouse existence and onward to life as a street urchin and budding criminal, we can see through the author's eyes his take on the cruel truths of child labor and the pitiful lives of the unwanted.

If my admittedly dry assessment of the underlying theme depresses you, please do realize that the Dickensian dark humor and wit are very much at play in this novel. He gets his points across with sometimes heavy-handed sarcasm and characters that may seem more like caricatures in their absurdity. Oliver Twist remains an entertaining read, one that lends itself easily to popular culture and a number of film adaptations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominally excellent! December 22, 2010
By Phil
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was an absolute classic. Dickens (and Twain) were the geniuses of dry humor, and this book is no exception. My only concern is that this material may be "mis-applied" to the present, and may heighten in some readers a sense of wealth-envy, what with Dicken`s rather unflattering characterization of the rich. Readers must read Dickens with a full understanding of the time in which he lived, and not draw too many parallels to our society today, which parallels i would opine are as frequently mis-placed as otherwise.
Note: I apologize if there are any glaring errors above. I am trying to type this from my Kindle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Twist June 7, 2012
By octogen
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Of course had seen this on stage quite a few times but had never read the book before. As I am reading I am vizualizing the shows I saw - and from this angle am enjoying the book. I love the old fashioned words and the way they are phrased.
If I find it a little bit "heavy" at times then I read another book for a while. I have never done this before that is read two books currently. However it is easy to get back in to the "Oliver" Mode again. To me it is well worth the read and when I have finished it will then attempt another classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Twist June 12, 2012
By kailua
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This was a very intresting and entertaining book. We love it and will read it again. Mr. Dickens paints with word's. We will read many more of his book's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Story December 14, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I think the first time I was introduced to Oliver Twist was the movie on T.V. I then read it and since then I've read a second time. It's a classic story about an orphan in 19th century London. Dickens was a writer before his time and I always enjoy reading his work. Definitely read Oliver Twist if you haven't already.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Twist April 4, 2012
By Tara
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I never read this story and decided to download it on my phone. Such a good story. I couldn't keep my face out of my phone for a week!
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