The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters -... show more
The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, in Oliver Twist Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.
Publish date: 2003
Pages no: 554
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.