This fiercely comic tale stands in marked contrast to its genial predecessor, The Pickwick Papers. Set against London's seedy back street slums, Oliver Twist is the saga of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust into a thieves' den, where some of Dickens's most depraved villains preside:... show more
This fiercely comic tale stands in marked contrast to its genial predecessor, The Pickwick Papers. Set against London's seedy back street slums, Oliver Twist is the saga of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust into a thieves' den, where some of Dickens's most depraved villains preside: the incorrigible Artful Dodger, the murderous bully Sikes, and the terrible Fagin, that treacherous ringleader whose grinning knavery threatens to send them all to the "ghostly gallows." Yet at the heart of this drama is the orphan Oliver, whose unsullied goodness leads him at last to salvation. In 1838 the publication of Oliver Twist firmly established the literary eminence of young Dickens. It was, according to Edgar Johnson, "a clarion peal announcing to the world that in Charles Dickens the rejected and forgotten and misused of the world had a champion."
Publish date: May 1st 1982
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
Enjoyable and sad. Definitely worth the read.
Dickens second novel is a landmark is socially conscious novels and I can well imagine the impact it had on the reading public, given not only its story of a helpless young boy, but also the description with which Dickens captures, with a great deal of vividness, the lives of the poorer people in gr...
Synopsis: Brought into the world by a drunken nurse and an inept surgeon, innocent young Oliver Twist couldn’t have known the mysterious circumstances surrounding his birth—that his mother had been discovered wandering the streets, near bursting with child, and had died ignominiously on the cold bed...
Cover: Fitting Rating Up 4 dismal starsOverall: An interesting readCharacters: Well writtenPlot: Follow young Oliver into the dark, back-alleys of LondonPage Turner: Yes, for some Series Cont.? N/a Recommend YesFavorite Character: the Artful DodgerSUMMARY (50 word or so)This book is... not for eve...
Another typical Dickens. Make characters larger than life--whether good or bad. Interesting to see the mob (Artful Dodger, Fagin, etc). Oliver definitely a whiner. A pretty obvious twist knowing Oliver is better off than you would think.