Oliver Twist - eBook  -     By: Charles Dickens, Irving Howe
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Oliver Twist - eBook

Bantam / 2005 / ePub

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Set against London's seedy back street slums, this book is the saga of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust into a thieves' den. Meet some of Dickens' most depraved villains: the incorrigible Artful Dodger, the murderous bully Sikes, and the terrible Fagin. Yet at the heart of this drama is the orphan Oliver, whose unsullied goodness leads him at last to salvation.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bantam
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 9780553901566
ISBN-13: 9780553901566
Availability: In Stock
Series: Bantam Classics

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Oliver is an orphan living on the dangerous London streets with no one but himself to rely on. Fleeing from poverty and hardship, he falls in with a criminal street gang who will not let him go, however hard he tries to escape.

One of the most swiftly moving and unified of Charles Dickens’s great novels, Oliver Twist is also famous for its re-creation–through the splendidly realized figures of Fagin, Nancy, the Artful Dodger, and the evil Bill Sikes–of the vast London underworld of pickpockets, thieves, prostitutes, and abandoned children. Victorian critics took Dickens to task for rendering this world in such a compelling, believable way, but readers over the last 150 years have delivered an alternative judgment by making this story of the orphaned Oliver Twist one of its author’s most loved works.

This edition reprints the original Everyman’s introduction by G. K. Chesterton and includes twenty-four illustrations by George Cruikshank.

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

"The power of [Dickens] is so amazing, that the reader at once becomes his captive, and must follow him whithersoever he leads."
--William Makepeace Thackeray

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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A true classic
    November 26, 2011
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Oliver Twist.
    The story of Oliver Twist tells of the struggles of a young orphan boy in the streets of London. It follows him from his birth, to his labeling as a trouble-maker when he dares to ask for more food, being sold as an apprentice, accused of attempted murder, running away and getting caught up with a gang of thieves, and to what could be his salvation if his old life doesn't follow him. Dickens explores both sides of the human spectrum, from ultimate kindness to ultimate cruelty.

    The characters in this story are vivid, making the horrors of the tale even more terrible. Dickens probably didn't realize when he wrote this almost two centuries ago that it would capture the human condition in such an honest way that Oliver Twist would become a classic to be read again and again. Being set in England in the 1800′s, the language is very different from modern novels, especially during pieces of longer narration. The dialog, however, even with its old english slang, is easily understood.
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