7th July 2015

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens

“Please sir, can I have some more?”

 

These are the words which changed orphaned Oliver’s life forever. After asking for more food, he flees his miserable life in the workhouse only to find himself in a much more dangerous place – the streets of London. He meets the Artful Dodger and is soon in the clutches of Fagin, the leader of a gang of thieves. Oliver has to pick a pocket or two to survive and keep his wits about him as he ventures into the unknown.

 

In true Dickensian style, Oliver Twist is not only an exciting story but also a social commentary and critique. As an advocate for social reform, Dickens makes the reader actively acknowledge the social concerns of the time, providing a real insight into life in the Victorian era.

 

Several adaptations of Oliver Twist make this novel accessible for all ages. A timeless classic and must read. ​

Reviewed by Ms Corbyn

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