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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
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Mar 24, 11

bookshelves: school-reading, literature, humour, read-in-2011
Read from March 04 to 14, 2011

(7/10) Today Dickens kind of gets cleaned up and made into the cuddly source of pleasant musicals, which is why it's so striking to actually read him and discover a rich vein of dark, vicious humour. The start of Oliver Twist is a fantastic example of this, where the saintly little Oliver is kicked around and abused by any adult that can get his hands on him. Of course, there are conventions here so there eventually has to be a plot and an ending where good is rewarded and evil punished and it becomes kind of a drag, watching a bunch of benign middle-class people fight for the little boy who has become almost invisible in the story until the inevitale deus ex machina. But until it gets drained out, the dark wit is hard to beat.
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