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Publication Date: 2005
Series: Bantam Classics
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 Dickenss great novels, Oliver Twist is also famous for its re-creationthrough the splendidly realized figures of Fagin, Nancy, the Artful Dodger, and the evil Bill Sikesof 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 authors most loved works.
This edition reprints the original Everymans introduction by G. K. Chesterton and includes twenty-four illustrations by George Cruikshank.
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
From the Hardcover edition.
--William Makepeace Thackeray
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A true classicNovember 26, 2011JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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 1800Ã¢â¬Â²s, 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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