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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, 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."


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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, 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."

30 review for Oliver Twist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    Ah nostalgia... I grew up with this little hungry dog dominating my TV time. He brought me to Shakespeare and many other authors I now forget. This is the only "Classics" series I have read the original work to, at least that I remember. They do a really good job adapting it for a younger audience, however there is a lot left out, not necessarily for the plot, but for the over all breadth and social commentary there was in the original. I did find Wishbones little comments often funny, and they g Ah nostalgia... I grew up with this little hungry dog dominating my TV time. He brought me to Shakespeare and many other authors I now forget. This is the only "Classics" series I have read the original work to, at least that I remember. They do a really good job adapting it for a younger audience, however there is a lot left out, not necessarily for the plot, but for the over all breadth and social commentary there was in the original. I did find Wishbones little comments often funny, and they give pretty good explanations for younger readers who may find parts confusing. I was disappointed that Mr.Bumble was nowhere to be found, but he was not a major plot, just a little satire side story so I an forgive that. I would recommend for young kids who want to start classics, as it serves as a pretty good introduction, and may peak their interest to read the full story as they get older.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    I read this long ago. The Wish Bone books are great though, as is the TV show.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Stark

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    Casey Leigh

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    Gladsong

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    Maranda Russell

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    Marta Veenhof

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Chan :)

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    NONE15

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    Rachel Sample

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    Russell Doiron

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    Kaiulani Anderson-Andrei

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