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Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics)

2 Ratings: 3.5
A book by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist was Dickens's second novel and one of his darkest, dealing with burglary, kidnapping, child abuse, prostitution, and murder. Alongside this gallery of horrors are the corrupt and incompetent institutions of 19th-century England set up to … see full wiki

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Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Penguin Classics
2 reviews about Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics)
review by . June 03, 2013
Fate figures strongly in this, Dickens' second novel (or first, depending on how you count it) but the last one I had not yet read.  The rocketing star of Dickens as a serial writer was translating to publication demands for complete novels, which was satisfied first with Pickwick Papers, even though some chapters of Oliver Twist were finished first and Dickens later considered Twist his first novel.  Like Pickwick, Twist suffers from some of the faults of the young writer --an overabundance …
review by . January 14, 2005
Oliver Twist is one of Dickens' early novels - he worked on The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby simultaneously - and one of his best loved. It has what you would expect from him: memorable characters, evocative descriptions, melodrama, pathos (more often bathos) and a plot that relies on completely incredible coincidences. These latter are sometimes explained away by the characters themselves as being ordained by Fate, benign or otherwise, and must have been more acceptable to …
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