by Charles Dickens
Genres: Classic, Fiction
Format: eBook (554 pages)
The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters—the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy
Oliver Twist is a social satire that criticizes Victorian England. Some of his criticisms of society could still apply today. It was more graphic and violent than I thought it would be. Dickens writes the best characters I’ve ever read. Even the minor characters have personalities and flaws. Dickens has this way of narrating that makes you feel so connected to the characters and makes you care about them a lot.
August Rush, the movie, was a great retelling of Oliver Twist and now that I’ve read the book, I can see even more similarities (the biggest similarity – he runs away from an orphanage and gets picked up by a band of musicians that reminds me a lot of the band of thieves in Oliver Twist). Oliver Twist was not really a page turner, but it was the easiest novel of Dickens that I’ve read yet. The ending felt a little contrived to me, but I felt so moved by all of the characters through the rest of the novel that I didn’t mind very much. I can see why this novel was shocking at the time it was published. Dickens sheds light on things that people just didn’t like talking about back then and nothing is black and white.
Content Rating: Mild, for some violence that made me squirm a bit and abuse to kids.