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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  284,680 ratings  ·  6,432 reviews
Named a "national institution" by George Orwell, Dickens offers his most popular tale, of the orphan who is reared in a workhouse and runs away to London-a novel of social protest, a morality tale, and a detective story.
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Published July 18th 2018 by Oregan Publishing (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.
Sandeep I too am a non native english speaker. It is one of my new year resolutions to read a classic novel and I was looking forward to read charles dickens…moreI too am a non native english speaker. It is one of my new year resolutions to read a classic novel and I was looking forward to read charles dickens and oliver twist in particular. The things that helped me finish this novel and actually enjoy reading it are

1. Using an ebook reader: Having a copy of it on my kindle, mobile and work computer.

2. I downloaded the integrated oxford dictionary on all the kindle devices.

3. Look up oxford dictionary for any words that you found confusing. After a few chapters I realised, I am no longer needing to refer to the dictionary as frequently as I needed to at the beginning

4. Used litcharts website to review the chapter I finished to cross check if I have missed any important bits.

5. This book in particular, oliver twist, first appearing as a serial in a magazine. So, it is similar to watching a tv series. I made sure I did not stop in the middle of a chapter. I always made sure I finished a chapter before keeping the book away.

6. Read trivia about oliver twist here on goodreads, imdb and youtube to keep motivated.

7. The last and most important of all, read to enjoy and undersand the world of charles dicken's oliver twist, the victorian era london and the characters he brings to life with his eloquent words. Do not read to just finish the book

8. There is an excellent audiobook of oliver twist on freely available. Can also listen to it while reading the book for added fun and understand how native english readers pronounce the words.(less)
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Paul Bryant
Sep 27, 2007 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

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
Bill  Kerwin
Jan 16, 2014 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
Cait Poytress
I swear Dickens named one of his characters Master Bates on purpose.
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
The film is better. There I said it. It has taken me five years to read this book, five whole years.

To me that says a lot. I just could never get into it. Perhaps if I’d not seen the film I would have enjoyed the story more. I may have seen the charmless characters as part of Dickens attack on society and its lack of social justice. Instead I just saw them for what they were: charmless.

There’s just a certain lack of life within these pages. Oliver, the protagonist, is somewhat unlikable himself.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have seen the 1968 academy award winning musical film “Oliver!” so many times that we 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 brilliant c
Bionic 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
Mutasim Billah
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
“It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded.”

Welcome to the 19th century! The Industrial Revolution is in full flow. Money is being made, the population is thriving. The working-class is suffering and the Poor Law is in operation. Oliver Twist is born under testing circumstances as his unmarried mother dies in childbirth and his father is nowhere to be found. The Poor Law stated: "..... poor-law authorities should no longer attempt to
دعاء ممدوح
رواية واقعية لدرجة الصدمة ، تشارلز ديكنز كاتب أجتماعي و أنساني من الدرجة الأولى و هو ما يظهر هنا بوضوح
الرواية تتناول رحلة ذلك اليتيم البائس"أوليفر تويست" فى دور الرعاية البريطانية و الظروف غير الآدمية التى مر بها، و رغم قسوة الشخصيات التى تظهر في النصف الأول من الرواية إلا أن تشارلز ديكنز يقدم المقابل لها في النصف الثاني و كأنه يوجه سالة كلاسيكية بأن الخير لا ينتهي من مجتمع ما مهما كانت قسوة الظروف المحيطة
رائعة و حزينة و تستحق القراءة
Ahmad Sharabiani
918. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress is author Charles Dickens's second novel, and was first published as a serial 1837–39. The story centres on orphan Oliver Twist, born in a workhouse and sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker. After escaping, Twist travels to London, where he meets "The Artful Dodger", a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by the elderly criminal, Fagin.
اولیور تویست - چارلز دیکنز (مرکز) ادبیات انگلستان؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش
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.

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
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
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!
Dec 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please sir, may I have less?
Luís C.
Oliver Twist is the first novel in English that focused entirely on a child as the protagonist. He is also known for the unromantic way Charles Dickens described the criminals and their sordid lives. In Olivier Twist, one of his best-known novels, Dickens condemns the comic but also the bitterness of the effects of industrialization in 19th century England. Oliver, an innocent child, is curled up in an unscrupulous society where, partly because of the recent Poor Laws, he can only practically ch ...more
Chris Horsefield
Dickens' famous story of a young orphan's struggle to survive on the streets of London is rightly one of his most remembered.

Two outstanding characters have been contributed to literature - Fagin and Jack Dawkins the Artful Dodger.

Dickens writes Fagin as a puppet master, controlling the orphaned children as pickpockets and the adults like Bill Sikes as thieves. His subterfuge of a penniless pauper with a kindly approach are at odds with the moments he steals gazing at his hidden stash of jewels
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
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
Aya Hamza
Feb 16, 2014 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.
Jun 29, 2008 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
Raya راية
Apr 13, 2016 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
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[italiano sotto]
The Hand of the King

At some point, a character perceives the presence of «a stronger hand than chance».

Mr. Brownlow implies it is the hand of God, we may think it is the hand of the author.
Who cares? It is a strong hand.
If you like lighter hands (in plot, characters, style), this is not the book for you. Here we can find: a lot of unlikely encounters in the middle of a big city; a bunch of extreme characters (from angelic girls to ugly and wicked old men); and a frequent display
Sep 03, 2016 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
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.
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
Άλλο ένα βιβλίο που ξαναδιάβασα μετά από πάρα πολλά χρόνια. Ήταν κι αυτό ένα τσεκ για να ξέρω πότε θα το πασάρω στα δικά μου παιδιά... και μάλλον θα το κάνω όταν δεν θα είναι παιδιά.

Δεν μπορώ να καταλάβω γιατί βάζουμε στα παιδιά να διαβάζουν βιβλία με τέτοια περίπλοκα νοήματα. Δεν τα πολυκαταλαβαίνουν και τζάμπα τα ζορίζουμε. Επίσης, μιλώντας για Ντίκενς, τζάμπα τους κόβουμε και το χαμόγελο. Θλίψη, κακοποίηση, θάνατοι... ένα σωρό πράγματα υπάρχουν στις σελίδες των συγγραμμάτων του.

Κατά τα άλλα,
Jennifer (aka EM)
Mar 10, 2012 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
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, my dears (to acquire Fagin's dirty skin) Oliver Twist was a fascinating tale, about a poor boy and his adventure or progress through hardships, evil people and places, enemies and allies. Some say that this novel has anti-Semitic descriptions but, (although I don't want to defend Dickens, oh no, not that, my dears) I believe that Dickens made Fagin a Jewish caricature intentionally, as a way to criticise his Victorian society. Fagin had something fascinating in his character, he was talkin ...more
"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
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Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who 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 short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

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