Title: Oliver Twist
Author: Charles Dickens
Published: First Published in 1837
Description: One of Dickens’s most popular novels, Oliver Twist is the story of a young orphan who dares to say, “Please, sir, I want some more.” After escaping from the dark and dismal workhouse where he was born, Oliver finds himself on the mean streets of Victorian-era London and is unwittingly recruited into a scabrous gang of scheming urchins. In this band of petty thieves Oliver encounters the extraordinary and vibrant characters who have captured readers’ imaginations for more than 150 years: the loathsome Fagin, the beautiful and tragic Nancy, the crafty Artful Dodger, and perhaps one of the greatest villains of all time—the terrifying Bill Sikes.
Rife with Dickens’s disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver. Though he is treated with cruelty and surrounded by coarseness for most of his life, his pious innocence leads him at last to salvation—and the shocking discovery of his true identity.
I Give This Book 3 Stars!
I struggled a little with this book. I had a hard time with some of the characters, namely that bad ones. Now, I like a good villain story as much as anyone. But, every time something good happened to Oliver, I wanted to cheer! But, then something horrible would happen, and I wanted to throw the book out the window. The ending was gruesome, and I just wasn’t expecting it. I was happy for Oliver when everything finally fell into place, but the story that took place for him to get there was just a strange twist of events. I’m glad that I read it, but I think I might refrain from Dickens for a while…