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Free read Ø eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB · Charles Dickens Charles Dickens · 7 Free download Review Oliver Twist Oliver is an orphan living on the dangerous London streets with no one but himself to rely on Fleeing from poverty and hardship he falls in with a criminal street gang who will not let him go however hard he tries to escapeOne of the most swiftly moving and unified o. I looooooooved this book Another Dickensanother favorite Please sir I want some Jane Austen and Charles Dickens have been dueling inside my WOW center for some time in a titanic see saw struggle for the title of greatest word smitherstory crafter in all of English literature Ms Austen previously caused heart palpitations and a slew of gasms with Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility which left me spent like a cheap nickel However Sir Dickens being a slick wily devil responded in kind with A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations a pair of wonderfully addictive tingle causing joy blasts full of jaw drops and breezy elegance Where this battle of master word charmers will endI could really care less because I m sporting a complete happy going through their respective catalogs with a perma smile on my face Next up on the parade of mouth watering phrase turning feasts is The Adventures of Oliver Twist which is terrific on several levels In relating the tragic but ultimately rewarding life of Oliver Twist Dickens is at his most Austenesue as he employs with great effect biting sarcasm and dry dark humor to scathingly satire the English Poor Laws of the 1830s Of the novels I ve read by Dickens this is him at his most socially conscious and he strategically uses Oliver s biography to harshly spotlight the greed hypocrisy and let s just say itevilof the society that organized and profited by the work house system of the middle 19th century So they established the rule that all poor people should have the alternative for they would compel nobody not they of being starved by a gradual process in the house or by a uick one out of it We follow Oliver beginning with his difficult birth that killed his mother and almost cost the young lad his life as well There was considerable difficulty in inducing Oliver to take upon himself the office of respiration a troublesome practice but one which custom has rendered necessary to our easy existence From there we journey with the child as he is dumped into a workhouse where his early life goes from bad to horrendously shitty as he s subjected to a systematic process of neglect physical brutality and starvation along with the other children residing there Here is a passage from Chapter 2 that I think perfectly encapsulates the subtly sarcastic style Dickens employs to address his subject matter The parish authorities magnanimously and humanely resolved that Oliver should be farmed or in other words that he should be dispatched to a branch workhouse some three miles off where twenty or thirty other juvenile offenders against the poor laws rolled about the floor all day without the inconvenience of too much food or too much clothing under the parental superintendence of an elderly female who received the culprits at and for the consideration of sevenpence halfpenny per small head per week Sevenpence halfpenny s worth per week is a good round diet for a child a great deal may be got for sevenpence halfpenny uite enough to overload its stomach and make it uncomfortable The elderly female was a woman of wisdom and experience she knew what was good for children and she had a very accurate perception of what was good for herself So she appropriated the greater part of the weekly stipend to her own use and consigned the rising parochial generation to even shorter allowance than was originally provided for them Thereby finding in the lowest depth a deeper still and proving herself a very great experimental philosopher Everybody knows the story of another experimental philosopher who had a great theory about a horse being able to live without eating and who demonstrated it so well that he got his own horse down to a straw a day and would unuestionably have rendered him a very spirited and rapacious animal on nothing at all if he had not died four and twenty hours before he was to have had his first comfortable bait of air Unfortunately for the experimental philosopher of the female to whose care Oliver Twist was delivered over a similar result usually attended the operation of her system for at the very moment when a child had contrived to exist upon the smallest possible portion of the weakest possible food it did perversely happen in eight and a half cases out of ten either that it sickened from want and cold or fell into the fire from neglect or got half smothered by accident in any one of which cases the miserable little being was usually summoned into another world and there gathered to the fathers it had never known in this I love the way Dickens can describe callous starvation and casual murder of children for nothing than greed in such a way that I was actually chuckling because of his lusciously humorous phrasing This man could writeEventually Oliver s life takes another turn from horrendously shitty to mega painful chunks of misery filled crap when he has the temerity to utter the famous words Please sir I want some He gets beatings starvation verbal abuse neglectand ultimately finds himself alone on the streets with no means of survival There Oliver finds himself sucked into a life of petty criminality under the tutelage of Fagin the Jew who I thought was one of the most compelling Dickens characters everNote I know there is a lot of controversy about the portrayal of Fagin being one of the most egregious cases of anti Semitism in classic literature I think the criticism is fair but I also don t think based on what I ve read that Dickens had any malicious intent It is what it is and everyone can make their own decision on that point I thought the character of Fagin was fascinating and his signature phrase my dear which he uses in almost every sentence is still popping into my head than a week after finishing the novel Fagin while irredeemably evil and in some ways a criminal caricature Dickens draws him with such flair imbues him with a dimension and essence that I found very compelling His psychology his calculating intelligence and his soft words masking despicable actions is deftly laid out At times I almost got the impression that Fagin was intended to represent the devil himself with the way Dickens focuses on his corrupting influence In short the wily old Jew had the boy in his toils and having prepared his mind by solitude and gloom to prefer any society to the companionship of his own sad thoughts in such a dreary place was now slowly instilling into his soul the poison which he hoped would blacken it and change its hue for ever On one level the life of Oliver Twist is one of the harshest most depressingly sad tales ever put to paper In lesser hands the heartache and forlornness of Oliver s birth and tragic early life could have swallowed up the story and made the book a real chore to get through Good newsthese are not lesser handsDickens writing is so melodic that the narrative glides over the horror at a safe middle distance allowing us to observe and absorb the surroundings without drowning in the pain that Dickens describes I thought it was masterful Intimate yet detached Eventually the plot takes a mysterious turn as a shadowy figure arrives on the scene who has a connection to Oliver and his past that is slowly revealed over the last half of the story All of this leads to a marvelous ending that makes the rest of the story far enjoyable in retrospectsometimes positive warm and fuzzy resolutions are exactly what a story needs Dickens prose is buttery smooth while his mocking humor is cheddar sharp His balance is outstanding and his ability to poke fun at his readers society while avoiding making the reader themselves feel like a target is brilliant I had such a wonderful time reading this that I am left wondering why everyone doesn t love Dickens as much as I do 50 stars HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONOkay Ms Austenyour turn again

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Free read Ø eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB · Charles Dickens Charles Dickens · 7 Free download Review Oliver Twist F Charles Dickens’s great novels Oliver Twist is also famous for its re creation–through the splendidly realized figures of Fagin Nancy the Artful Dodger and the evil Bill Sikes–of the vast London underworld of pickpockets thieves prostitutes and abandoned chil. I swear Dickens named one of his characters Master Bates on purpose The Armageddon Omnibus is also famous for 禁断行為~義母に●出し(1) its re creation–through the splendidly realized figures of Fagin Nancy the Artful Dodger and the evil Bill Sikes–of the vast London underworld of pickpockets thieves prostitutes and abandoned chil. I swear Dickens named one of his characters Master Bates on purpose

Free read Ø eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB · Charles Dickens

Free read Ø eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB · Charles Dickens Charles Dickens · 7 Free download Review Oliver Twist Dren Victorian critics took Dickens to task for rendering this world in such a compelling believable way but readers over the last 150 years have delivered an alternative judgment by making this story of the orphaned Oliver Twist one of its author’s most loved work. The film is better There I said it It has taken me five years to read this book five whole years To me that says a lot I just could never get into it Perhaps if I d not seen the film I would have enjoyed the story I may have seen the charmless characters as part of Dickens attack on society and its lack of social justice Instead I just saw them for what they were charmlessThere s just a certain lack of life within these pages Oliver the protagonist is somewhat unlikable himself And that s odd He just did not have a great deal about him other than a child s curiosity and a will to survive on the harsh streets of Victorian London I sympathised with him where I could I felt sorry for his situation though I never liked him So that made the book hard to read from the start I was not remotely invested in him For example if you compare this to another popular work of the era Jane Eyre you will see how poor Dicken s characterisation is From the get go the reader is made to care for Jane and her plight Her story drives the narrative forward The social obstacles she faces feel like obstacles they don t define the story she does With Oliver I felt like it was the other way round and I simply could not enjoy the book as a result You have no idea how relieved I was to finish this today My battle is over I was determined to finish it Getting through Ulysses was easier than this

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  • 01 March 2019
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