Oliver Twist

or, The Parish Boys Progress

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Author: Charles Dickens
Published: 1839
Language: English
Wordcount: 161,784 / 460 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.3
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 42,732
mnybks.net#: 2199
Origin: gutenberg.org
More Info: en.wikipedia.org

Probably the best-known of all Dickens' works, Oliver Twist was originally published as a serial, and sought to bring the public's attention to various contemporary social evils, including the workhouse, child labour and the recruitment of children as criminals.The novel is full of drama, sarcasm and dark humour even as it reveals the hypocrisies of the time.

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said, 'I inwented it.'

'You, Mr. Bumble!'

'I, Mrs. Mann. We name our fondlings in alphabetical order. The last was a S,--Swubble, I named him. This was a T,--Twist, I named him. The next one comes will be Unwin, and the next Vilkins. I have got names ready made to the end of the alphabet, and all the way through it again, when we come to Z.'

'Why, you're quite a literary character, sir!' said Mrs. Mann.

'Well, well,' said the beadle, evidently gratified with the compliment; 'perhaps I may be. Perhaps I may be, Mrs. Mann.' He finished the gin-and-water, and added, 'Oliver being now too old to remain here, the board have determined to have him back into the house. I have come out myself to take him there. So let me see him at once.'

'I'll fetch him directly,' said Mrs. Mann, leaving the room for that purpose. Oliver, having had by this time as much of the outer coat of dirt which encrusted his face and hands, removed, as could be scrubbed off in one washing, was led into the room


Average Rating of 4.2 from 5 reviews: *****
Carl Heerwagen

This book is great. The musical doesn't do it justice. I do have one beef with it though. Why did the author make the villain a jew. It shows some anti-semitism because of it.


Not Bad!


I loved this book, I found myself rereading paragraphs just because I wanted to savour the flavour of it a second time. You can see why Dickens writing sparked an outpouring of guilt from the middle classes after they were published, the picture of grinding poverty it gives you is too realistic to be anything other than rooted in cold unpleasant fact. I was gripped by this one till the last page and sad to finish it.

raja ryder

i read this book twice. i simply loved this book. it is very nice to read and the authors description of some is wonderful . a book reader should read this book



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