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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (2 July 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0140623523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140623529
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.8 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Dickens' well loved story of how Oliver finds safety and happiness has been retold for younger readers by Jackie Andrews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 May 2012
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Dickens' famous story of a young orphan's struggle to survive on the streets of London is rightly one of his most remembered.

Two outstanding characters have been contributed to literature - Fagin and Jack Dawkins the Artful Dodger.

Dickens writes Fagin as a puppet master, controlling the orphaned children as pickpockets and the adults like Bill Sikes as thieves. His subterfuge of a penniless pauper with a kindly approach are at odds with the moments he steals gazing at his hidden stash of jewels and his barking moments of brutality. Though his name is Fagin, Dickens refers to him more often than not as "the Jew", a label quite jarring in today's culture. Fagin is sinister though and many see him as a devil like character. His many schemes, plans, and selfishness all contribute to the image.

The Artful Dodger is a whirling dervish of charisma and charm, teaching Oliver the tricks of the trade and leading the cohorts of youngsters as the ultimate example they should all be aspiring to. Dickens chooses to have the Dodger answer for his crimes as he is finally caught and sent to jail. Tantalisingly, Dickens implies that the Dodger will be deported to Australia though we never see Dodger again after he is led away back to jail. Maybe he was thinking of writing a sequel with him as a grown up character?

Oliver is by no means a great character but a likeable one. His tribulations put us on his side early on and his base survival has us enthralled and rooting for him throughout. Bill Sikes isn't also that great a character. A one dimensional thug and bully, his character is indeed menacing and ugly but unfortunately never goes further.

Nancy meanwhile is another triumph of characterisation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denver62 on 6 Nov 2012
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I was told by a friend to only order second hand books to help save costs and this I did and thought the copy that I got was a good as new so was very impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Rose on 20 Aug 2012
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It is a long time since I read Oliver Twist but had just seen the musical so felt I should re-read it. I had forgotten what was so different with all the characters who did not appear in the stage version.. It is quite a thrilling story once you get used to the way Dickens writes - not forgetting it was written 170 years ago.
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By Denis Carlton on 2 Mar 2013
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Just an excellent read.Some minor typographical mistakes in places so mror mrs proof reader look more closely but didn't deter from my enjoyment .
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