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Oliver Twist (Clothbound Classics) [Hardcover]

Charles Dickens , Philip Horne
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1 Oct 2009 Clothbound Classics

Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, Dickens created an entirely newkind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Re-issue edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192499
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.5 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An unforgettable journey into criminal behaviour that takes me back to my own childhood fantasies" (Malcolm McLaren)

"The power of [Dickens] is so amazing, that the reader at once becomes his captive" (William Makepeace Thackeray)

"Dickens is huge - like the sky. Pick any page of Dickens and it's immediately recognizable as him, yet he might be doing social satire, or farce, or horror, or a psychological study of a murderer - or any combination of these" (Susannah Clarke)

"The image of little Oliver Twist victimised by poverty, almost seduced by the specious excitement of crime, and then offered the possibility of a lucrative career in authorship is always compelling" (Guardian)

"We leave him most reluctantly, and so will every reader who has any capacity to see and feel whatsoever is most loveable, hateful, or laughable, in the character of the everyday life about him" (Examiner) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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CD and mini-hardback format ideal for easy comprehension and reading --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Gorgeous 27 Aug 2013
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I recently started collecting these books, I love the covers so much. They are absolutely gorgeous. If anything, they are evn better than the pictures. A beautiful book captures the heart and these definitely do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Twist Cloth bound classics 22 Feb 2013
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Great-looking book with copies of the original illustrations inside. When I peeled off the the sticker from the back part of the cover design came away with it, but it wasn't too noticeable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful cloth covered classic for the bookshelf 17 April 2012
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As of yet I haven't actually read Oliver Twist. It's a classic so I know I am going to love it. This cloth covered book is part of a collection designed for Penguin, I am very much a fan of the look, smell and feel of a book. I could not cuddle up to a kindle before bed - not quite so indulgent. I can't wait to complete my collection so guests can admire my book shelf. Long live books!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Except Font Size 24 Feb 2011
By Angry Panda - Published on Amazon.com
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Dickens' Oliver Twist is, of course, wonderful, deserving all the fame and fondness that it has garnered over the years. I'll instead focus on this Penguins Classics edition, which may interest those looking for a hardcover of the novel. The cover is nicely decorated and textured, the paper is high quality, the introduction and notes are informative, and the illustrations are wonderful. But there are two negatives. First and foremost, the font is smaller than average and a strain on the eyes after a while. I also purchased Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma from the same Penguin series, and their fonts are larger and easier on the eyes--what you would expect in typical hardcovers. I wish they had used the same font here. Second, and again in contrast to the Austen novels, the ink for the marvelous watches on the cover smudges a little, and is (as another reviewer noted) lifted partly off with the sticker on the back. This is not a big deal for me, but may be for others. Otherwise, this is a fine edition that looks great on the shelf and is a pleasure to peruse. Just remember to give your eyes more frequent breaks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Coralie Bickford-Smith edition: lovely as it looks 31 Jan 2011
By Kristen Larson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a review of the Penguin Classics edition of Oliver Twist with the cover designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. I won't discuss the text here -- except to say that if you like Dickens, this is for you -- just the edition.

First of all, it has the full double-handful of Penguin extras: scholarly introduction, author's introduction, notes on the text, a glossary of thieves' terms, a map of 1800s London, alternative text fragments from other editions, and, of course, illustrations.

Second, Bickford-Smith's cover is just as lovely as it looks online. The pattern is printed directly onto the cover (rather than on a dust jacket), and if you can't quite tell from the image, it's printed in dark green on creamy white, with a matching green ribbon bookmark.

I only have a few issues: one, Amazon put a sticker on the back which slightly removed part of the design when I peeled it off. It was not stuck very tightly, so this makes me a little nervous about how long the design is going to stay on the cover before it starts to rub off. Two, the binding is glued, rather than sewn, which is a little less long-lasting, I think.

But on the whole, these are lovely editions, and I think they're well worth the Amazon price. I'm only knocking off the fifth star because of Amazon's sticker on the back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decor not Function 14 Sep 2012
By brado - Published on Amazon.com
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This book serves better as a decoration piece than one you want to spend time passing around to friends. Not that the content of the book isn't worth reading, you just don't want to ruin the aesthetic quality of this book.

If you are buying the book to simply read there are cheaper versions out there. But if you want to add quality and smart decor to your home this is a great purchase.

The cover looks better in person than online. Quality product.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Line of Books 9 Jan 2014
By Sarabelle88 - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm in love with the Penguin Clothbound Classics line. Gorgeous, collectable books inside and out. The introductions are fantastic and informative. Hope to see more in this line in the future!
5.0 out of 5 stars Penquin Classics Oliver Twist 1 July 2013
By lemming121 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. Cover well done by Penguin classics. Goes great in a set of classics by Penguin, and looks great on your shelves on a bookcase.
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