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Charles Dickens is perhaps the English-speaking world’s most beloved novelist—and Oliver Twist is one of his most popular works. A heartbreaking tale that portrays the cruelty of the Victorian era at its worst, it has been adapted for film, for the theatre (including the classic musical, Oliver!), and for television. Dickens’s dark and gritty story follows the adventures o ...more
Hardcover, 600 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Collector's Library (first published 1838)
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Molly Mingo I'm currently reading this and its a little hard to get into. But the more I read it the more I grew to like it.
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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
Mar 09, 2012 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
Aug 12, 2016 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
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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Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
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!
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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Lyn
May 26, 2016 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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Kelly
Dec 04, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please sir, may I have less?
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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Aya Hamza
Jun 23, 2016 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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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
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.
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
Jennifer (aka EM)
Apr 21, 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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Jason Koivu
Nov 15, 2012 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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Mike H.
Aug 27, 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
Darwin8u
Mar 03, 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
Rasha
Jun 02, 2012 Rasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(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
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AMEERA
Jun 20, 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
Mansuriah Hassan
Jul 12, 2016 Mansuriah Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oliver Twist is, of course, a classic tale and does not disappoint and definitely one of most popular Dickens books. I read this story when I was in school and it was well worth re-reading this childhood story again to refresh my memory. Charles Dickens really gave us an insight into the Victorian era in which the book is set. It highlighted the poor law in which people had to work in factories to take care of their families. As depicted in the book, Oliver was an unfortunate product of this poo ...more
Rozzer
Jul 01, 2012 Rozzer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britain, reviewed, fiction
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
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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
Andrew
I'm going to start off by saying I normally enjoy Dickens, whether it be written or on screen. But this I didn't enjoy which completely surprised me. I couldn't get into it and I was really, really, really looking forward to it, I've seen so many different versions of it and wanted to read this so much, but it didn't meet expectations. Maybe it's because it was an abridged version or maybe I just hyped it up to be amazing and it wasn't what I imagined. I might try again one day but I'll put it a ...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
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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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