One of Charles Dickens' most popular novels,
Oliver Twist is the story of a young orphan who dares to say, "Please, sir, I want some more". After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves, Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured audiences' imaginations for more than 150 years: the loathsome Fagin, the beautiful and tragic Nancy, the crafty Artful Dodger, and the terrifying Bill Sikes, perhaps one of the greatest villains of all time.
Rife with Dickens' disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation - and the shocking discovery of his true identity.
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As captivating and as jaw dropping as always
Re-hearing the parts of the story I had forgotten and remembering the horror of the whole thing
Most of Dickens books, but maybe David Copperfield the most.
Fagin - I thought his Fagin sounded like the Fagin that has always been in my mind. The self-preservation-at-all-costs mentality. The way he will corrupt the innocent to further his means - His total lack of conscience if it of benefit to him.
It is a book that I have 'rewound' more times than I can count to make sure I haven't missed anything, such as when I have dozed off or there has been an interruption. Because of the books length it has not been possible to do it in one sitting - but not for the want of trying !!
I cannot think of a modern book that has all of the horror, sadness, gripping, spine tingling, look-over-your-shoulder moments, but also has uplifting, humerous, sentimental and moral content all within the same volume. A work of art - A masterpiece of English literature.