Oliver Twist, Or, The Parish Boy's Progress

Oliver Twist, Or, The Parish Boy's Progress

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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's life, a map of contemporary London and all of George Cruikshank's original illustrations.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, c2003
ISBN: 9780141439747
Branch Call Number: YA F Dic
Additional Contributors: Horne, Philip
Alternative Title: Parish boy's progress
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Sep 11, 2017

I have read most of Dickens work and continue to reread many. I have been touched by the skill, power and superb craft infused into the stories. Art reflecting life as a painting in words so rich in color and vibrancy is cherished each time I start again. I wish I could thank Mr Dickens personally.

Aug 11, 2017

A true classic.

Jul 21, 2016

Charles Dickens was one of the finest writers in the history of English literature. Very few authors have reached his level of writing. One of his best known novels, Oliver Twist, continues to be an inspiration for authors and readers alike. Oliver’s mother died just after he was born. He was brought in the workhouse where he was given “three meals of thin gruel a day, with an onion twice a week and half a roll on Sundays”. He escapes and travels to London by foot. A kindly man named Mr. Brownlow helps Oliver to uncover his past and find out the truth about his mother and father. He also helps Oliver find a loving home. This book is a classic. Whether you read a more simplified, modern version or the original, this is probably Dickens’ best tale.
- @WizardingInitiate of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 17, 2016

A classic. Very good book.

Sep 14, 2015

Oliver Twist is such a great story. If you've seen the movie and want to read the book as well, be warned that the book is much darker than the children's movies. However, I just finished it and I was very satisfied with it! Charles Dickins is hilarious in a very dry and ironic way, and I adore it! I would recommend this to anybody, even a person who "doesn't like to read the classics." It's great for everyone!

Aug 03, 2015

This is my 3rd Charles dickens novel...

Quimeras Feb 14, 2013

Despite the many coincidences in the plot and the sometimes moralistic tone of the story, I enjoyed this novel. Dickens strikes the perfect balance between pathos and humor in “Oliver Twist”. I found England’s 19th century poor laws fascinating.

Jul 08, 2012

I love the illustrations by cruikshank. They just add to the comical irony!

MaeTarik95 May 31, 2012

I read 'Tale of Two cities' and HATED IT!!! But Oliver Twist is fantastic!!! Read it! It's better than some of the rubbish being written right now.
P.S. I got the book that looks like the one shown in the description.

rachelrock May 05, 2012

This is the BEST book I've ever read. Definately deserves a second time read. Or even a third (in my case), if you love the book.

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lms May 07, 2008

"Rogues trains Oliver Twist to become a pickpocket, but he strives to escape from crime and the workhouse to which he is subject." (Novelist Review)


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Jul 24, 2016

Violence: There are many instances, where Oliver is beaten by many characters he encounters.


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