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Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

Random House Publishing Group | May 1, 1982 | Mass Market Paperbound

Oliver Twist is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
This fiercely comic tale stands in marked  contrast to its genial predecessor, The Pickwick  Papers. Set against London''s seedy back  street slums, Oliver Twist is  the saga of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust  into a thieves'' den, where some of Dickens''s most  depraved villains preside: the incorrigible  Artful Dodger, the murderous bully Sikes, and the  terrible Fagin, that treacherous ringleader whose  grinning knavery threatens to send them all to the  "ghostly gallows." Yet at the heart of this  drama is the orphan Oliver, whose unsullied  goodness leads him at last to salvation. In 1838 the  publication of Oliver Twist firmly established the  literary eminence of young Dickens. It was,  according to Edgar Johnson, "a clarion peal  announcing to the world that in Charles Dickens the  rejected and forgotten and misused of the world had a  champion."

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 6.57 × 4.17 × 0.79 in

Published: May 1, 1982

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553211021

ISBN - 13: 9780553211023

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated out of 5 by from A classic Victorian story... I have read this book several times. I remember that I was required to read this for my Grade 9 English course and hated every minute of it. Although, it must be stated that I hated this book not because of the story, but because of the teacher's pedantic nature. One had to analyse every single damn sentence; hence it became mind-numbing and dreary. Now, that I am in college, I picked this classic Victorian novel up the other day from my bookshelf and read it again and treasured every page of it! One just gasps at Dickens’ unique English writing prose and the novel’s lucidity and originality. A true Victorian tragedy that everyone must read… more than once. It is then that we will be able to truly treasure the novel’s significance.
Date published: 2012-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! Oliver Twist is an orphan who has struggled growing up not knowing anything about his parents are who he really is. Oliver runs away from his pain of being an orphan and ends up in London. In London , Oliver will find out everything that has been puzzling him his whole life. Towards the end of the book there are a lot of things revealed and that are surprising and interesting which makes this book a good choice to read.
Date published: 2011-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unsettling, humourous, and always readable Oliver Twist is, unfortunately, the only Dickens novel I have ever picked up, and this read impinged on my having to read it for a final English paper; I saw unfortunately because I feel I SHOULD have read Dickens, but Oliver was, I believe—for myself, or anyone else—a great place to begin. While some people read novels for papers and end up abhorring them; I am ardently the opposite: while writing on a paper, I feel an intimacy with the novel that rises above a regular, casual reading of a text. Most, I’m sure, are familiar with the basic plotline of Oliver Twist—an orphan boy, the London criminal underworld, harsh and unsympathetic parochial officials, yadadada—and its thematic value still resonates today, even if our contemporary world does not resemble a filthy Victorian London: it still touches our sympathy, our inherent benevolence, and our vehemence. While at times I found myself laughing at the sheer ridiculousness of the cruelty Dickens evokes within the story, it is heart-wrenching—and most definitely a must-read for anyone who loves literature.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 1st half focused on Oliver, but 2nd half didn't and my mind wandered. 2.5 stars Oliver Twist is an orphan and is shuffled around to various places where he is not treated kindly, when he finally has enough and runs away to London. In London, he initially meets up with a group of thieves. After a little more focus on Oliver that I don’t want to give away, a lot of the story suddenly follows other characters. I thought the first half of the book that primarily focused on Oliver was o.k. But once the story started following other characters (almost all the second half of the book), I found my mind wandering. I was not able to concentrate on what I was reading, so I kind of lost what was going on in the story.
Date published: 2010-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forsaken Child The creative novel Oliver Twist, written by Charles Dickens in 1838, defines a classic of all times. This intense story reflects a young boy's life in London with no family or place to go. The novel begins with Oliver's mother dying, while giving birth to her son and the father remains unknown. Throughout the novel we learn about Oliver's struggles on living on his own. The young boy is befriended on the way and taken in my Fagin. Fagin along with the Artful Dodger invite Oliver to stay with them and become one of them, a thief. While going on one of the adventures of pick pocketing Oliver is caught by Mr.Brownlow who instead of reprimanding the young lad, decides to rise him. Throughout the book Oliver searches for the answers to his past while trying to stay alive on the streets of London. Miraculously, Oliver's family lay right under his nose the whole time. The theme of Oliver Twist examines the importance of a family. Oliver plays a forsaken child, abandoned by all-parental support and thrown into the cruel world at a very young age to live on his own. Oliver's early years taught him to fend for himself and he suffers from never experiencing a loving and nurturing childhood. The tone throughout the novel focused on abandonment and how to live and survive on your own. The setting of the book plays a powerful part as the story unfolded. Dickens describes the setting of London and all the places that Oliver stays very descriptively. "The street was very narrow and muddy, and the air was impregnated with filthy order. The walls and ceiling of the room were perfectly black with age and dirt..." (page. 56). Dickens explains the facilities that were available to poor Oliver, and makes them sound unbearable. He does an excellent job making the setting come alive and feel the characters thoughts. I would recommend this novel because I found it very moving and towards the end you are only hoping for the best for poor Oliver
Date published: 2009-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Book! I think Oliver Twist was a very adventurous book. There was mystery, romance, history and adventure all in one. At some points, the book got boring, but overall it kept me on the edge of my seat!
Date published: 2002-01-12

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Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 6.57 × 4.17 × 0.79 in

Published: May 1, 1982

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553211021

ISBN - 13: 9780553211023

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Chapter I Treats of the place where Oliver Twist was Born; and of the Circumstances attending his Birth. 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 possible consequence to the reader, in this stage of the business at all events: the item of mortality whose name is prefixed to the head of this chapter. For a long time after it was ushered into this world of sorrow and trouble, by the parish surgeon, it remained a matter of considerable doubt whether the child would survive to bear any name at all; in which case it is somewhat more than probable that these memoirs would never have appeared; or, if they had, that being comprised within a couple of pages, they would have possessed the inestimable merit of being the most concise and faithful specimen of biography, extant in the literature of any age or country. Although I am not disposed to maintain that the being born in a workhouse, is in itself the most fortunate and enviable circumstance that can possibly befal a human being, I do mean to say that in this particular instance, it was the best thing for Oliver Twist that could by possibility have occurred. The fact is, that there was considerable difficulty in
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This fiercely comic tale stands in marked  contrast to its genial predecessor, The Pickwick  Papers. Set against London''s seedy back  street slums, Oliver Twist is  the saga of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust  into a thieves'' den, where some of Dickens''s most  depraved villains preside: the incorrigible  Artful Dodger, the murderous bully Sikes, and the  terrible Fagin, that treacherous ringleader whose  grinning knavery threatens to send them all to the  "ghostly gallows." Yet at the heart of this  drama is the orphan Oliver, whose unsullied  goodness leads him at last to salvation. In 1838 the  publication of Oliver Twist firmly established the  literary eminence of young Dickens. It was,  according to Edgar Johnson, "a clarion peal  announcing to the world that in Charles Dickens the  rejected and forgotten and misused of the world had a  champion."

From the Jacket

This fiercely comic tale stands in marked contrast to its genial predecessor, "The Pickwick Papers. Set against London''s seedy back street slums, "Oliver Twist is the saga of a workhouse orphan captured and thrust into a thieves'' den, where some of Dickens''s most depraved villains preside: the incorrigible Artful Dodger, the murderous bully Sikes, and the terrible Fagin, that treacherous ringleader whose grinning knavery threatens to send them all to the "ghostly gallows." Yet at the heart of this drama is the orphan Oliver, whose unsullied goodness leads him at last to salvation. In 1838 the publication of "Oliver Twist firmly established the literary eminence of young Dickens. It was, according to Edgar Johnson, "a clarion peal announcing to the world that in Charles Dickens the rejected and forgotten and misused of the world had a champion."

About the Author

Philip Pullman is the author of the bestselling fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. His other books for children and young adults include three Victorian thrillers featuring his popular heroine Sally Lockhart. He lives in Oxford, England.


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A young boy flees from an orphanage to London, only to be captured by thieves.

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"The power of [Dickens] is so amazing, that the reader at once becomes his captive, and must follow him whithersoever he leads."
--William Makepeace Thackeray