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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
By: (1812-1870)

Set in the first half of the 19th century, the classic novel presents the story of young orphan Oliver Twist, who endures tumultuous events in a society burdened by poverty, crime and malice. After being poorly treated in a workhouse, Oliver escapes to London where instead of finding a better life he ends up tangled in a web of criminal activities.

The novel opens with the introduction of Oliver, a waif who has spent his short life living in miserable conditions in a workhouse. Along with other fellow orphans, he is regularly beaten and underfed. One day the young, hungry orphans decide to draw sticks in order to determine who will ask for another portion of gruel. The unlucky representative of the starving children is Oliver, who goes up to the stern Mr. Bumble and makes his famous plea “Please sir, I want some more”. Unimpressed by such a request, the authoritarian administrators of the workhouse offer five pounds to anyone willing to take the boy as an apprentice. Subsequently, Oliver is apprenticed to local undertaker, Mr. Sowerberry.

Things do not get any easier, as Oliver is bullied by fellow apprentice Noah Claypole who also causes him to be unfairly flogged by their superiors. Consequently, Oliver decides to run away and is quickly on his way to London where he meets a boy his own age by the name of Jack Dawkins. Unaware that his new found companion is a pickpocket, Oliver naively follows Jack to the house of his benefactor Fagin where he is offered shelter. He is also oblivious to the fact that Fagin is in reality a criminal who trains young boys in the art of pick pocketing. Oliver is swept up in the corrupt game mastered by Fagin, and once again must escape the grasps of captivity in order to find happiness.

Apart from creating a brilliant piece of literature, Dickens has also documented a significant time in social history. Exploring troubling issues of the time including child labor, treatment of orphans, and child recruitment into the criminal world, Oliver Twist is one of the earliest examples of a novel exploring social criticism.

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OLIVER TWIST OR THE PARISH BOY'S PROGRESS BY CHARLES DICKENS CONTENTS I TREATS OF THE PLACE WHERE OLIVER TWIST WAS BORN AND OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES ATTENDING HIS BIRTH II TREATS OF OLIVER TWIST'S GROWTH, EDUCATION, AND BOARD III RELATES HOW OLIVER TWIST WAS VERY NEAR GETTING A PLACE WHICH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A SINECURE IV OLIVER, BEING OFFERED ANOTHER PLACE, MAKES HIS FIRST ENTRY INTO PUBLIC LIFE V OLIVER MINGLES WITH NEW ASSOCIATES. GOING TO A FUNERAL FOR THE FIRST TIME, HE FORMS AN UNFAVOURABLE NOTION OF HIS MASTER'S BUSINESS VI OLIVER, BEING GOADED BY THE TAUNTS OF NOAH, ROUSES INTO ACTION, AND RATHER ASTONISHES HIM VII OLIVER CONTINUES REFRACTORY VIII OLIVER WALKS TO LONDON. HE ENCOUNTERS ON THE ROAD A STRANGE SORT OF YOUNG GENTLEMAN IX CONTAINING FURTHER PARTICULARS CONCERNING THE PLEASANT OLD GENTLEMAN, AND HIS HOPEFUL PUPILS X OLIVER BECOMES BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH THE CHARACTERS OF HIS NEW ASSOCIATES; AND PURCHASES EXPERIENCE AT A HIGH PRICE... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 8, 2014
Subject: oliver twist
Charles dickens was the finest novelist and his novel Oliver twist is one of my favorite novels.
Reviewer: - January 15, 2014
Subject: Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Far from the Madding Crowd
T. Hynes is just fabulous at making characters come to life. I have thoroughly enjoyed the books I have listened to him read and can't wait to find more... I mean, honestly, what's better than listening to an Irishman read you a fabulous story? :)
Reviewer: - October 28, 2013
Subject: Forein Literature
OMG! This is like, my favorite book from the U.K. Charles Dickens was a top notch author.
Reviewer: - October 16, 2013
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Oliver Twist is a bloody brilliant book!
Reviewer: - October 9, 2013
Subject: Oliver Twist
Bloody brilliant! Couldnt be better!
Reviewer: - October 7, 2013
Subject: Oliver Twist
Great narrator!
Reviewer: - August 14, 2013
Subject: Oliver Twist
The reader is superb. Brings the book to life.
Reviewer: - June 22, 2013
Subject: Oliver Twist
Brilliant narrator!
Reviewer: - March 12, 2013
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Very good reader and free! Couldn’t ask for anything else.
Reviewer: - February 9, 2013
Subject: Oliver Twist
Excellent audio! Be sure to scroll to see more than the first chapters.


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