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Starved and mistreated, empty bowl in hand, the young hero musters the courage to approach his master, saying, "Please, sir, I want some more." Oliver Twist's famous cry of the heart has resounded with readers since the novel's initial appearance in 1837, and the book remains a popular favorite with fans of all ages.
Dickens was no stranger to the pain of hunger and the degradation of poverty. He poured his own youthful experience of Victorian London's unspeakable squalor into this realistic depiction of the link between destitution and crime. Oliver escapes his miserable servitude by running away to London, where he unwillingly but inevitably joins a scabrous gang of thieves. Masterminded by the loathsome Fagin, the underworld crew features some of Dickens' most memorable characters, including the juvenile pickpocket known as the Artful Dodger, the vicious Bill Sikes, and gentle Nancy, an angel of self-sacrifice.
A profound social critic, Dickens introduced genteel readers to the problems of the poor in a way that had rarely been attempted before. This tale of the struggle between hope and cruelty continues to speak to modern audiences.
I was a late convert to Charles Dickens. Having recently read and greatly enjoyed Dickens’s Great Expectations, David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities, I elected to purchase... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Steven M. Anthony
A wonderful book full of twists and turns. Typical Dickens - superb!Published 1 month ago by wjordan9151
The book was received quickly and was as described. No problems.Published 3 months ago by Darwin V. Kysor
Old Scrooge sees the ghosts of Christmas, past, present, and the future, and makes a change for the better. Read morePublished 3 months ago by amazon addict
After I read Oliver twist, I decided to be more brave. I was moved because Oliver repayed an obilagation to Brownlow by studying hard. Read morePublished 3 months ago by rhoq
I'll eat my head if I ever read Dickens again.
What was the point of this novel? Entertainment I suppose, something to read to while away the time every month when a new... Read more
Perfect Book for Travel. Nice Quality for the price. Would buy more from Dover. This is a good book to share or donate when you are done reading.Published 7 months ago by Teresa
PERFECT!!!! Bought this for my boyfriends son for his birthday and he loves them. Arrived promptly and in perfect condition.Published 11 months ago by Melissa Cole
I bought this book for my son, and it was wonderful! It met the school expectations and requirements for summer reading.Published 13 months ago by Starqueen