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Oliver Twist

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Among other public buildings in a certain town, which for many reasons it will be prudent to refrain from mentioning, and to which I will assign no fictitious name, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse; and in this workhouse was born; on a day and date which I need not trouble myself to repeat, inasmuch as it can be of no possibl...more
Hardcover, 511 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Toby Press (first published 1839)
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Stephen
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I looooooooved this book. Another Dickens...another favorite. 'Please, sir, I want some more.'

Jane Austen and Charles Dickens have been dueling inside my WOW center for some time in a titanic, see-saw struggle for the title of greatest word-smither/story-crafter in all of English literature. Ms Austen previously caused heart-palpitations and a slew of gasms with Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility which left me spent like a cheap nickel. However, Sir Dickens, being a slick, wily devi...more
Paul
Oliver Twist THE BOOK is crap and has NO songs in it, I couldn't believe it. So I googled and get this, it turns out they put those in the movie and Dickens had nothing to do with it! But since they were the best bit of the film, you can understand my horror and bereft sense of disappointment when I finally came to pick up the book.

How could Dickens NOT have thought of having little Oliver sing Where Is Love when chucked into the cellar or Who Will Buy This Loverly Morning when he wakes up in h...more
Cait
I swear Dickens named one of his characters Master Bates on purpose.
Kelly
Please sir, may I have less?
Kira
Recipe for a Dickens novel:

1 precocious prepubescent boy whose biggest problem is that everyone cares about him too much
1-2 unlikable Mauve Shirt female characters who are either quiet wives or loud (dead) prostitutes
1 cup pure melodrama
4 tbsp highly diluted romance
1 contrived inheritance plot
7Ibs angsty, overwrought prose
2 tsp mildly interesting scenery
pinch history porn (bonus flavor for actually being there)
4 cups fanfiction-worthy manly bonding
1 gruesome karmic death scene
1/2 cup vicious et...more
Mark
I have in my 37 years of life avoided reading Charles Dickens. My reason: after having suffered through trying to read the so-called English literature of his era--think Thomas Harding, Emile Bronte and Mary Shelly--I figured Dickens would be no better. For some reason I can’t now recollect, I decided to give Dickens a try. I chose Oliver Twist. And was immediately hooked. Far from the boring narrative one finds the works of the other English writers I've already mentioned, Dickens has a very pe...more
MJ Nicholls
Yes, but what became of Oliver? Let me tell you. He became Oliver Twisted. That’s what. He became Battersea’s premier caulker—that is, someone who seals gaps in drywall with waterproof sealant. But Fagin’s influence seeped into poor Oliver’s caulking duties. Instead of sealant, he would put sea lions, banana skins and discount copies of the musical Oliver! Homeowners would thrash in their beds to the bleating of moribund sea lions. Houses would slip away from their districts into horrible places...more
Joe
Having seen the stage musical and two movie versions, I have wanted for a long time to read the original. It was interesting to see how much was changed from the book. Fagin is a much more loathsome creature in the book--more treacherous, more cunning, more quick to anger, and not the jolly old naughty elf that he is in the musical version. Nancy is also more of a wretch, and not the kindly, big sister figure to Fagin's gang as she is portrayed in the film; making her decision to act on Oliver's...more
Bill  Kerwin

In recent years, I have become bewitched by all things gothic, and I was curious to discover to what extent gothic tropes and examplars may have influenced the imagery and structure of Dicken's first serious novel. Specifically, I was interested in how gothic elements might be expressed in "Oliver Twist"'s urban atmosphere. Had Hugo's Paris thieves' guild left its mark upon Fagin and his charges? Had Scott's Highland robbers' caves influenced Dickens' lowlife dens? Were these dirty London street...more
Alex
First of all, Oliver Twist is a shitty book. His second, following the comedic Pickwick Papers, it shows Dickens reaching for new territory: exposing the hopelessness and injustice of destitute life in London. But it's maudlin, obvious, predictable, lame. Oliver is such a simpering bitch that it's impossible to give a shit about him. Bad people want to use him; good people want to pamper him; you are bored. Dickens will write great books, but not yet.

Second, Oliver Twist is a hateful book. Dicke...more
Jason Koivu
Oliver Twist could stand on the strength of its colorful characters alone. Dickens used his insightful eye to take in and store away all the images he was seeing in London's poorer neighborhoods back in the days when his own family found themselves in and out of the debtor's prison, always on the verge of utter ruin.

However, the book is more than just interesting characters. It's a wonderfully enthralling tale to boot, seldom slowing down for long stretches. Certainly there is melodrama, but ev...more
Jennifer (aka EM)
Copy-edited. Just in case you thought I was a complete doofus the first-time round.

Yes, I am giving Oliver Twist one star.

What went wrong here? Oh, about a million things. First, the single reason I decided to read this book is because I got a new dog recently, and I named him Oliver Twist. Then I realized I hadn't actually read his namesake, and I really like Dickens, and well ... it's orphans, right? ... and there was this lovely new Penguin hardcover all nubbly and pretty and ....

... and now...more
Mike H.
So I've finished it, but it was kind of a struggle. There are parts of the story that made me not want to go on (and surprisingly this was often because I didn't want any more bad things to happen to Oliver. Now I know why 'Dick' is in Dickens).

Several things jumped out at me while reading. The first was the elitist Victorian view of society where the poor are pitied but in the end it is really their fault. Though Dickens does poke fun at this a bit, and he does point out how the middle class o...more
Rafe
I hate Oliver Twist. AND I hate Oliver Twist. I can stand neither the character nor the book. One thing that one is taught over and over again in literature classes and in writing classes is that characters must change, that protagonists must be organic and developing, not round. So what's the deal with Oliver? He starts as a twit, and ends as a twit. I know that the point is how his purity is untouched by the gangrenous society in which he is enveloped, but... But books like this, and especiall...more
Jean
Oliver Twist is one of Charles Dickens's best known stories. Characters such as the evil Fagin, with his band of thieves and villains, the Artful Dodger with "all the airs and manners of a man," the house-breaker Sikes and his dog, the conscience-stricken but flawed Nancy, the frail but determined Oliver, and the arrogant and hypocritical beadle Mr Bumble have taken on a life of their own and passed into our culture. Who does not recognise the sentence,

"Please sir, I want some more!" or

"If the l...more
Anthony Bellaleigh
The biggest problem I have, when I try to read Dickens, is that he uses really long sentences, that start off merrily enough - though you wonder where he might be going - then meander like some ancient stream across the pages, complete with eddies and side currents - and occasionally random wildlife or characters - then, eventually, several lines later, somehow find their way back to whatever it was that he started talking about right back at the very beginning... :)

My second problem is that the...more
Darwin8u
It is hard to exit the original worlds created by Dickens. I usually manage it crying like a baby. Oliver Twist is top shelf storytelling. The characters are amazing. The setting is perfect. The plot manages to throw out hundreds of threads and ties them all together at the end, while never losing or boring the reader. Weakness? This is probably nit picking, but the story seems to work out too well in the end. Don't get me wrong, I know this is a social novel and FICTION, but I guess I just have...more
Malbadeen
Jan 17, 2011 Malbadeen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Before you judge my son let me tell you a few things about him: he surfs, he skateboards, he listens to music I disapprove of, he wants his hair much longer than I will allow and he doesn't pick up after himself. My point? He's not some handkerchief wearing, brief case carrying, Alex P. Keaton nerd. But he reads, a lot and it is reason 1,199 I love him so much!

The other day we were in a book store and I, being the shallow gal that I am, was admiring the new covers on a set of classics when my so...more
Rasha
(أرجوك يا سيدي , أريد مزيدا من حساء !)
كذلك قال أوليفر تويست وهو يبسط بالطبق . ومن أجل هذه الجريمة المنكرة طرد من الملجأ الذي ولد فيه .
ودفع أوليفر إلى دفان يعلمه صناعة دفن الموتى ويستغله أبشع استغلال .
ما دفع أوليفر لأن يفر إلى لندن حيث قاده حظه النكد إلى وكر عصبة لصوص رهيبة .. وحيث جرت حوادث ومفاجآت تقشعر لهولها الأبدان .
قصة كلاسيكية فيها الحبكة القوية والنزعة الإنسانية المفعمة بالحب , مثلما هي دوما حكايات ديكنز

كانت البداية كثير مؤلمة وكانت أحداث الفيلم تمثل أمامي , ومن وقت ظهرت عائلة مايلي خصو...more
Barry Pierce
My second Dickens novel. Nice for him to actually have a plot this time but it does wane a bit. Was Dickens being ironic by calling this "Oliver Twist" because throughout this novel Oliver is very much a secondary character, especially in the second half. Bill Sikes is the classic Victorian villain that everyone loves to hate and rightly so. The blinding anti-semitism towards Fagin may be hard to swallow for some people and I know some editions have tried to curb it but my edition is a reprint o...more
Maninee
I was at Starmark looking around for something I might like to read when I came across this pile of books almost heaped against a wall. Above there was a poster which declared that it being the time of the 200th birth anniversary of Dickens his works were on sale. After all, what better way to honour a great author than sell his books at half price? I had been reading Great Expectations at the time and I picked Oliver Twist as the next title in my Dickens’ fest.

Oliver Twist is the story of an or...more
Jonathan
Earlier in the year I had the great privilege of being involved in helping with the finishing touches of a school production of Oliver: The Musical. I knew many of the songs, the rough way the story would go and so on but it struck me that I had never actually read Charles Dicken's classic novel. As such I made it a priority to hunt out a copy for my Kobo so I could read it as soon as possible.

The story is a familiar one to most keen students of literature or readers as a rags to riches story in...more
Sushmita
I read this book when I was in 4th grade.You don't have to believe me but it is true.My English teacher actually made me read this but I don't know why.You might be wondering how a 4th grade student can understand such kind of book.(and English is not my native language)
But T still read it,tried to figure it out,T of course needed help from my teacher to read this book,to understand it actually..
I am not going to review this book,as I read this book years ago,when I was not in a proper age to un...more
احمد
كم هو عالم صغير (عالم ذلك الكاتب تشارلز ديكنز)الذى تتقاطع فيه وتتضاد دوائر ومصالح أشخاص فى خسة شماس الأبرشية بامبل(البدين الأحمق)واليهودى فاجين(العجوز الماكر)وبيل سايكس(القاتل المتوحش سارق البيوت)و مونكس أو ادوارد ليفورد (ذلك المحتال الخبيث الكاره لأخيه من أبيه)مع أشخاص فى براءة أوليفر تويست(الطفل البائس الطيب) وروز وأشخاص فى طيبة مستر براونلو وصديقه جريمويج ودكتور لوزبيرن ومسز مايلى والقس هارى مايلى.
قصة ممتعة ولكن شابها بعض المبالغة فى الصدف التى أوقعت هؤلاء الأشخاص فى تلك السلسلة المتشابكة من...more
Rozzer
I guess this has to be a confession. It's not something I normally share, even with friends. And it's like this: I get so involved in some stories, so terribly involved, that I have to read them in gulps separated by substantial periods of time. If I can finish them at all. It's ridiculous. I know. I realize. Adults shouldn't react in this way. And yet I do. Can't help it. That's the way I am. And always have been.

Oliver Twist is one of these. A book that rips me apart. It's really hard for me t...more
Terence
This is the book that began my loathe affair with Dickens. I tried at least four times, as I recall, to read this but was never able to get past the first few chapters.
Speakercoret
Siapa ga tahu Oliver Twist?
Hampir semua orang tahu film Oliver.. atau mungkin lebih tepat, semua orang yg tahun 80an akhir atau 90an awal suka nonton tv :)) dulu film ini sering sekali di putar di sebuah TV Swasta yg berlogo burung itu..
Masa ketika saya jatuh hati pada seorang gadis cilik berpipi tembam dengan rambut ikal seperti kabel telepon saat melihat wajahnya muncul di layar televisi... Iya benar... Shirley Temple... begitu menggemaskannya dia, hingga saya setia menunggu penampilannya ya...more
K.
Reread March 2014. Dickens read-a-thon with son. First book.

Thoughts on The Classic Orphan Novel, "Oliver Twist" by Charles John Huffam Dickens. Containing a Prologue, A Short Letter to The Hero, A Very Unworthy Review, Some Rather Nice Bits, and Fascinating Words by a Real Dickens Critic.



Feeling that he may get lost in the rambles of “The Pickwick Papers,” I decided that “Oliver Twist” was a better place to begin our “Dickens Read-a-Thon,” March 2014, with my eldest child, aged 15 (and severa...more
jo mo
oliver twist was a pain in the ass to read, with its slow paced writing it took all my will to keep reading. it was a tough struggle, but i won. oliver twist has been on my to-read-list for some time now, while i can’t say the book amazed me ... i’m still glad i could finally bring myself to read this piece of classic literature. i think one of the many reasons i decided to give it a shot (besides it being a part my english classes in school), is definitely that both my parents have read the boo...more
Mariel
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Oliver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Recommended to Mariel by: scavenger babies
I never finished reading Oliver Twist. I gave up in *coughs* 1994 and never went back to it. Was I intending to go back to it? Not really. I didn't even pretend to myself. It was a chore and Oliver wasn't someone that I wanted to carry on with for the whole journey. Luckily, the high school English teacher decided what the dickens did we need to read Dickens anyway and assigned us The Outsiders the film (showed me to read on my own). I was all set to write my awesome book report based on:


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