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Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Penguin Classics)

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“Oliver Twist” is a classic novel written by Charles Dickens, first published in serialized form between 1837 and 1839. Here’s a brief description of the novel:

“Oliver Twist” tells the story of a young orphan named Oliver who endures a difficult childhood in a workhouse and later escapes to London. In the bustling and often harsh city, he becomes entangled with a group of juvenile criminals led by the sinister Fagin. Oliver’s journey takes him through the underbelly of society, exposing him to poverty, crime, and the stark contrasts between the wealthy and the destitute.

One of the central themes of the novel is the harsh treatment of orphans and the poor in Victorian England. Through Oliver’s experiences, Dickens shines a light on the social injustices and inequalities of the time. The novel is characterized by Dickens’s vivid and often caricatured characters, memorable scenes, and a narrative that blends social commentary with elements of melodrama and humor.

“Oliver Twist” has remained a beloved and influential work, adapted into numerous films, plays, and other media over the years. The character of Oliver, along with iconic figures such as Fagin and the Artful Dodger, has become ingrained in popular culture. The novel’s enduring appeal lies in its exploration of social issues and Dickens’s skillful storytelling.


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