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Oliver Twist (A Penguin Classics Hardcover) Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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A pauper's child reared in a workhouse, Oliver served an apprenticeship in a loveless house. Despairing, he runs away and is befriended by a gang of young pickpockets who offer him the only welcome home he's ever known. He spends his life running from the crime and poverty he's known, looking for the love he lacks. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.
Dickens timeless novel, "Oliver Twist" is about an orphan who was born in a workhouse. As soon as Oliver dares to ask for more food in the orphanage, he consequently finds himself in dire circumstances. Determined to make his way into the world, he runs away to London after his unhappy encounter. When he leaves the workhouse, he hopes it would be an endurable adventure. Now, Oliver finds himself taken under the wing of a snub-nosed 'Artful Dodger', caught up with a group of pickpocket juveniles. As he tries to free himself from their clutches he becomes immersed amongst criminals and the homeless. Rescued by Mr. Brownlow, the gang kidnap him back. But the gang is exposed, and Oliver discovers his parents identity.
Charles Dickens was the second of eight children in a needy family burdened with debt. Despite difficult early years, he became the most successful British writer of the Victorian age. In 1824, 12 years old Charles was taken out from school to work at a boot-blacking factory when his imprudent father, together with his mother, were sentenced to three months in a debtor's prison. Charles attended a private school for three years, after they were released. The young lad then became a shorthand solicitor's clerk, and was then employed as a Parliamentary reporter.
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I chose this 5-star rating because the book was so interesting that I didn't want to put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good coming of age story.Published 18 days ago by Symone R Lewis
Love this book! It's been many years since I last read this book. Still love it!Published 23 days ago by jb litzelman
Terrific book! It has a really slow start, and Dickens' style is very partic'lar, but the book is interesting on several layers: the plot, the characters and the writing is... Read morePublished 25 days ago by dmr
Great book! Charles Dickens has quite a way with words! I actually didn't know much about the plotline, so I needed to read it as quickly as possible because I wanted to know what... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Lael7
Gripping and moving story about triumph of the human spirit. God has a plan for us all, even if we are born into poverty and face unimaginable adversity. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristin W.
This is still an enjoyable classic although you have to get used to the unfamiliar terms of the time period.Published 1 month ago by LilleyB29