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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
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Mar 07, 11

Read in January, 2011

Charles Dickens had a wonderful, wry sense of humor. His writing is very pleasurable to read. However, I was quite bothered at the depth of racism in his writing but that is probably attributable to his times. He constantly referred to one of the book's main characters as either Fagin (his name) or "the Jew", a term he used almost more often than the character's name. I found this disconcerting but, as I said, was quite possibly a sign of his times.

Having played the role of Oliver in the musical when I was in high school, I was amazed that I had never thought to read the book. There was a lot in the book was left out of the musical "Oliver!" but I can see why the omission occurred. The plot got quite muddled toward the end but I still enjoyed reading the book and getting a flavor of Charles Dickens' writing. I look forward to reading more.

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