Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" is a gripping portrayal of London's dark criminal underbelly, published in "Penguin Classics" with an introduction by Philip Horne. The story of Oliver Twist - orphaned, and set upon by evil and adversity from his ...
first breath - shocked readers when it was published. After running away from the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver finds himself lured into a den of thieves peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the Artful Dodger, vicious burglar Bill Sikes, his dog Bull's Eye, and prostitute Nancy, all watched over by cunning master-thief Fagin. Combining elements of "Gothic Romance", the "Newgate Novel" and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery. This "Penguin Classics" edition of "Oliver Twist" is the first critical edition to faithfully reproduce the text as its earliest readers would have encountered it from its serialisation in Bentley's Miscellany, and includes an introduction by Philip Horne, a glossary of Victorian thieves' slang, a chronology of Dickens' life, a map of contemporary London and all of George Cruikshank's original illustrations. Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including "Oliver Twist", "Great Expectations", "A Tale of Two Cities", "David Copperfield" and "The Pickwick Papers", have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions. If you enjoyed "Oliver Twist", you may like "Nicholas Nickleby" and "Little Dorrit", also available in "Penguin Classics". "His novels will endure as long as the language itself". (Peter Ackroyd). "He is our greatest novelist - every reread reveals more riches". (Melvyn Bragg). "When Dickens has once described something you see it for the rest of your life". (George Orwell).
Great and very detailed plot. Dramatic, heavy, realistic. Black critic humor, spread in the plot and hilarious. Sometimes difficult to read. - Trama ben ordita e dettagliatissima. Drammatica, pesante, verista. Umorismo nero, critico, sparso e
..." spassoso. A tratti faticoso da leggere.Continua...Nascondi
It was an audiobook that I listened during housework. Well, this is the last book by Dickens that I listen/read. I imagine they were the telenovelas of his times as they were published in weekly chapters on newspapers. Really it bored me to death.
..." The plot was so artless and boring in its unbelievable coincidences!! No doubt it is an entertaining reading to whom has a lot of spare time just for leisure reading. Continua...Nascondi
'That is no excuse,' replied Mr. Brownlow. 'You were present on the occasion of the destruction of these trinkets, and indeed are the more guilty of the two, in the eye of the law; for the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction.' 'If
..."/> 'If the law supposes that,' said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, 'the law is a ass--a idiot. If that's the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience--by experience.'
Ecco perchè a Dickens gli si perdona il lacrimoso, l'incredibile serie di coincidenze, il lieto fine obbligatorio e tutto il resto; per cammei come questo!!!
4 anni faAnni fa mi capitò fra le mani questa edizione, forse passata alla BUR, e, nonostante il titolo sentenziasse Oliver Twist, dentro vi era scritto ovunque Oliviero Twist: regalai il libro, comprandone un altro
So I've not really enjoyed any Dickens before but the library was promoting a "cityread" event this month when they were trying to get people to read Oliver Twist and have lots of activities relating to the book. (We're having a talk by Jerry White
..." on Law and Order in Oliver Twist on Tuesday and the borough archivist is doing a Dickens walk in Limehouse on Friday). So I thought I'd better read it. I managed to find a lovely 1877 edition on abe for about £5 as I thought if I was going to read Oliver Twist I needed to do it properly and not some modern paperback.
I'm very pleased to say that I really enjoyed this book!!!! It is by far my favourite Dickens and has made me think perhaps I shouldn't totally dismiss him yet. Despite having a child protagonist this was the first book of his that I read that didn't feel like a kids book. Perhaps it was because the poverty and the criminals were just that bit more nasty. There were still the typical foolish Dickens characters that annoy me. But Sikes was actually pretty scary and believable. Fagin was twisted and multi-dimensional. Nancy I actually loved, her drinking, her refusal to leave, her acceptance of her life, her coming back as a ghost. She had agency and did things that had a huge effect on the story and went against society and her fellows and paid for it. But still very much enjoyed her portrayal. I even found Oliver much more likeable than in the film version as he wasn't some blonde cherub but got in fights and stood up for himself. I found the middle class people less interesting. Though was glad to see that even there the women were taking an active role.
I loved all the social commentary and discussion of the poor law, workhouses, etc. This was what I always imagined Dickens should be like. The other books I think came across as just a bit too middle class but this was much more like Zola actually dealing with the lives of poor people. I even found myself enjoying his style much more in this. So now once more I've decided I should try and read more Dickens. Continua...Nascondi
Nell'altare della vecchia chiesa del villaggio vi è una lastra di marmo con una sola parola: "Agnese". In quella tomba non vi è bara; e possano trascorrere ancora molti,molti anni prima che un altro nome vi sia messo vicino! Ma, se gli spiriti dei
... morti tornano mai sulla terra per visitare i luoghi santificati dall'amore (l'amore oltre la tomba) per coloro che hanno conosciuto in vita, credo che l'ombra di Agnese si libri talora su quella nicchia solenne. Lo credo perchè quella nicchia è in una chiesa, ed ella era debole e peccatrice.Continua...Nascondi