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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
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Published January 1st 2001 by Audio Book Contractors (first published 1838)
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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
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Paul Bryant
Sep 27, 2007 Paul Bryant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
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Bill  Kerwin
Jan 16, 2014 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-c-brit

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
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Cait Poytress
I swear Dickens named one of his characters Master Bates on purpose.
Kalliope



This has been an exercise in exorcism for me.

I have been enjoying reading Dickens lately but I knew that not until I tackled Oliver Twist would I have dealt with, and conquered, the devil.

Images of black and white dreary images in a boxy TV have been projecting in the back of my mind since my childhood. And growing up and becoming an adult cooking garlic did not help. More substances were needed for a cleansing ritual. Oliver Twist continued to inspire horrific fear in me.

Expectedly, the endless
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Kiki
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
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Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
Read for school*
Not one of my absolute favourite classics but overall it was a really enjoyable read! Interested to see what's said about it in my Victorian literature class!
Kelly
Dec 04, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please sir, may I have less?
Lyn
Aug 03, 2011 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have seen the 1968 academy award winning musical film “Oliver!” so many times that my wife and I eventually just bought the DVD.

David Lean’s 1948 film starring Alec Guinness as Fagan and Robert Newton as Bill Sykes is another favorite.

These film adaptations are so ubiquitous and so endearing that it is easy to forget what a rare accomplishment was Dickens original novel. One of Dickens earliest novels and like most was first published as a series of installments, Oliver Twist begins Dickens
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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
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Ahmed Mahmoud Gamal


"أرجوك سيدى ..أعطنى مزيد من الحساء"
"تطلب المزيد أيها الوغد الصغير ..سوف تنتهى حياتك على حبل المشنقة قريبا هيا أخرج من هنا "
هذا مافعله خادم الملجأ فى أوليفر بعدما ارتكب جريمه طلب المزيد من الحساء حبسه فى غرفه العقاب المظلمه

اوليفر تويست "روايه خالده تعتبر رمز للطفولة البائسة والشقيه المليئة بالالام والمتاعب ..ينشأ يتيم
لايعرف له اهلا .. يربى فى الملجأ ثم يهرب منه ليقع فى يد عصابه من اللصوص والنشالين بقياده يهودى
لاضمير له يجند الاطفال ويعلمهم النشل ..شخص جبان وماكر..يلتقى أوليفر بافراد العصابه الا
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James
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I only read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens once, back in 6th grade when I was about 12 years old. It was one of the classic books I'd received as a Christmas present, and I loved Dickens other children's stories, so I had to read this one. It's much more harsh tho, and might be a little difficult for a 12 year old to take in without having a better picture of the world. It's one of those books nagging at the back of my mind... "Please re-read me. I bet you'll like me a whole lot more.
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Aya Hamza
Feb 16, 2014 Aya Hamza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
*Read it for school and decided to re-read it because I just loved this book so much!

This book is worth re-reading again and again!
I really love this classic, although it is so miserable and sad.
I promise I will write a review for it after exams.
Mark
Jun 29, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Anna
Sep 03, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Κλασική ιστορία που είχα διαβάσει παιδί. Μου έχει αφήσει θετικές αναμνήσεις, αλλά νομίζω- το έχω ξαναπεί - ότι η κατηγοριοποίηση κλασικών έργων ως "παιδικά" μας κάνει να τα διαβάζουμε σε μικρή ηλικία και να μην τα καταλαβαίνουμε καλά. Μετά, όταν μεγαλώσουμε δεν επανερχόμαστε σε αυτά, γιατί από τη μία θεωρούμε ότι τα διαβάσαμε, από την άλλη υπάρχουν επίσης πολλά αξιόλογα βιβλία και ο ελεύθερος χρόνος λιγοστεύει
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
Jasmine
"This is where Dickens' social revolt is of more value than mere politics and avoids vulgarity of the novel with a purpose. His revolt is not a revolt of the commercialist against the feudalist, of the Nonconformist against the Churchman, of the Free-trader against the Protectionist, of the Liberal against the Tory. If he were among us now his revolt would not be the revolt of the Socialist against the Individualist, or of the Anarchist against the Socialist. His revolt was simply and solely the ...more
Abigail Amor
As expected of Charles Dickens, he really did a great work of literature that gives us the wisdom about good and evil in this world. And that despite the evilness that exist in this world, there is still goodness in majority.
Jennifer (aka EM)
Mar 10, 2012 Jennifer (aka EM) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joe
Nov 04, 2007 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Raya  Ka'abneh
Apr 13, 2016 Raya Ka'abneh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



أوليفر تويست.. من أوائل الروايات التي قرأتها صغيرة وكانت الخطوة الأولى لمسيرتي في القراءة...

إحدى كلاسيكيات الأدب الإنجليزي والعالمي.. وإحدى إبداعات الكبير تشارلز ديكنز..

رواية ممتيّزة، تصوّر البؤس والشقاء والاستغلال الذي يتعرض له أطفال الملاجئ المساكين..
وأوليفر.. ذلك الطفل المسكين البائس ذا النغس الكريمة العزيزة الذي قاسى الأمرّين مع عصابة اللصوص والمجرمين..
يا للأطفال البائسين الضعفاء.. :(

لكن الفضيلة والعدالة تنتصر في النهاية فهذه سنّة الكون..

أسقط تشارلز ديكنز حياته الشخصية وواقعه وواقع المجمتع
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Darwin8u
Jan 08, 2013 Darwin8u rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenny
Feb 09, 2017 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readathon17
Για την ακρίβεια: 3,5 προς 4*

Είχα διαβάσει χρόνια πριν εκδόσεις του βιβλίου για παιδιά,έτσι η υπόθεση μου ήταν γνωστή. Είναι το 4ο βιβλίο του Ντίκενς που διαβάζω, το 2ο στα αγγλικά, και μπορώ πια να πω με μεγάλη βεβαιότητα κι ασφάλεια ότι είναι από τους αγαπημένους μου συγγραφείς! Το ειρωνικό του ύφος είναι ανεπανάληπτο και η συγγραφική του δεινότητα τεράστια- πραγματικά, η ανάγνωση των βιβλίων του είναι απολαυστική. Όλα αυτά ισχύουν και για τον Oliver Twist βεβαίως, δεν μπορώ όμως να πω ότι μο
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Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Sonia
Oct 25, 2016 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Oliver Twist. Qué decir de este niño. Qué decir de este libro.
Vamos a ver, encontré esa historia bastante desesperante. Con esto, Dickens nos mostró el otro lado de la moneda. No la parte bonita, elegante y soberbia de la época, no, sino los sufrimientos de quienes no poseen ciertos beneficios. Nos mostró la parte más baja de la sociedad, no solo por sus carentes privilegios, más bien nos dejó ver a aquellos quienes, teniendo algunos, pueden comportarse como verdadera escoria. Nos demuestra una
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Mike H.
Jul 09, 2007 Mike H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
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
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Rafe
Nov 24, 2007 Rafe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
AMEERA
Jun 05, 2016 AMEERA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5
thank god this book was happy ending cause I lost hope in it
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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and sho ...more
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