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Oliver Twist Paperback – July 6, 2012
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Inside are some of the major characters in the realm of fiction; Fagin and his gang of child thieves, including the Artful Dodger. Nancy, the proverbial hooker with a heart of gold. Master Charles Bates (was this a pun even then?) Bad Bill Sikes, who shows the darker edge to all of this dangerous fun, and the innocent, pure Oliver Twist, who is the very definition of nature over nurture.
A great book, and one that I am glad to have finally read.
The plot is simple. A boy escapes his orphan home to live in London with a group of thieves and pickpockets. He's saved from this depraved life by a kindly, lonely old gentleman. But the villains, Bill Sykes and especially Fagin, fear that the boy may rat them out and so they kidnap him back. Can Oliver make it back to the life he deserves?
Oliver's story is not a very originally one, but it is enlivened by some of the greatest characters I've ever seen written. My personal favourites and there are many, are Noah Claypole who becomes a principle player and a very funny one at that, near the book's conclusion; and Mr. Brownlow, who's catchphrase "I'll eat my own head" had me bursting into laughter.
The book is diminished by its excessive sentimentality at the conclusion. Its female characters, apart from the courageous Nancy, are written in a golden light so as to become fantasies rather than the gloriously dirty reality of their male counterparts. A sub-plot between Mary and her boyfriend is ridiculously excessive.
Against these weaknesses, the book is a triumph of character. Often memorably played on screen, the two villains have become more famous than the title character, who is slightly simpering. Fagin is deliciously smarmy and Sykes is evil incarnate. They get their comuppance in justifiably brutal fashion. Dickens like most of us was a sucker for a happy ending.
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Oliver Twist was a good read and kept my attention, some parts were drug out and I found myself rooting for Oliver.Published 6 days ago by nomad
In this day and age of financial disparities and sociocultural turmoil, the recounting of Oliver's trials is as applicable as ever. Read morePublished 10 days ago by thesecondfred
I cant believe I have only read this book so late in my life. For a work that was written so long ago I was complete enthralled from beginning to end.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
After reading it 45 plus years before was better reading it after so long of time. Some of the words used were still not understood, slang has a tendency to do this as that of the... Read morePublished 20 days ago by JIMM Arney
This was a vivid story depicting the social injustice existing in England in Dickins' time - but still existing in many places today. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ginny Magnuson