Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Thursday 13 September 2007
by  Daniel C
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Oliver Twist is a young boy who is left for dead by Mr. Sowerberry, Oliver’s gullible master, and Mr. Bumble, the director of a workhouse. Upon arriving in a village near London, Oliver meets ’The Artful Dodger’ who is "a young wayfarer, about Oliver’s age, yet quite a queery-looking boy". The Dodger takes him to London where he lives a new, more adventurous life. He is ironically ’looked after’ by Fagin, the leader of a group of organized thieves.

"Oliver Twist" is well known for its picture of the social status of civilians throughout London during Charles Dickens’ time. He presents the robbers and pickpockets as people who have real lives, stories and problems.

Despite many people’s misapprehensions of a classic, "Oliver Twist" is in fact an extremely enjoyable book : fast paced and filled with action making you unable to put it down. This book is a must read.


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Monday 7 January 2008 agrave 12h16, by  (^°^)

From the first page of "Oliver Twist", you’re thrown right into the cruel, traitorous world of a small city in 19th century England. Try this one for size:

"For a long time after it was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble […], it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all."

Oliver, a "pale thin child" orphaned at birth, is on the path of a short and miserable life, beaten and starved in the workhouse. Yet he escapes his fate as he takes his chances and makes a run for London where he will meet Fagin, a wily old Jew, and his young thieves - the Artful Dodger being the best of them. And so Oliver is plunged into a dangerous world where mugging, murder and mystery creep. His past, long kept hidden, is about to be revealed… but someone - a man named Monks - wants to keep it in the dark.

"Oliver Twist" may look like a complicated book,but this fascinating tale immediately captures any reader’s attention. Dickens’ fast-paced action, complex descriptions and wonderful sense of irony build a fantastically detailed view of England of that time.

How about this for a read?

Manon R