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Oliver Twist (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192499
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.6 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The power of [Dickens] is so amazing, that the reader at once becomes his captive, and must follow him whithersoever he leads."
--William Makepeace Thackeray

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'This ain't the shop for justice' The Artful Dodger, Oliver Twist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book to introduce upper primary age children to the story of Oliver Twist. The language is quite simple and none of the plot is sacrificed in an effort to abridge the story further. The chapters are relatively short, the longest being about 4 pages.
As a teacher, it is sometimes difficult to find decent abridged versions of classic texts - they are often still to long or complicated or are over simplified. This book gets it just right.
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Was looking for a version of this classic that was easy enough to be read within a week but wouldn't lose the essence of the story for my daughter who had to review it for her 11+ course. The problem was finding one that was written in a way that kept her interest but one that also hadn't been watered down too much which would lose the quintessential feeling that this book provides.
After reading another review on this book which basically told me that this was ideal for my needs, I took a chance (as one persons ideal could be anothers disgust) and was pleasantly rewarded. My daughter loved the story and was able to write a high scoring review.
I would recommend this book without hesitation to anyone in a similar position of wanting their young child to be introduced to this wonderful story.
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Format: Paperback
Having read quite a lot of Dickens novels, I came quite late to Oliver Twist. I had read a children's version of it and since I knew the story, I thought I might not find it very interesting. How wrong I was!. The first chapters, although they are a very good critic of the poor workhouse conditions, were a bit dragging. But once Oliver goes to London and meets Fagin's gang, it was a pleasure to read. As in most of Dickens' works, the villains are the ones who make the story interesting. The dingy places that they live, the squalor and filth is so well described as the evil turn of their minds that the "good" people in the story, including Oliver, are quite dull compared to them. It seems Oliver is just an accessory that the plot evolves around but the bad people are the ones that draw us into it. Especially the murder, the haunting conscience and the death at the end are one of the best that I have ever read.
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I have read this book a few times now and it does take some time to get through all the chapters. If you want the real Dickens then I recommend this one as it is the full, uncondensed, version based on the original book that Dickens wrote. You will be surprised at how much difference there is between the uncondensed book and both the condensed versions you may of read and certainly the movies you have seen. There are many twists in this book and as you go through you will remind yourself that you can't remember seeing this and that in the films. I am not going to spoil it for you but I will say that you will be drawn into the story, you will be surprised often and you will be astonished by this original version as you go from chapter one through to chapter 53. Dickens wrote this book well and will even refer to you, "the reader", "the audience" as he wrote it to capture you inside his book and that he does. Definitely worth more than the maximum five stars but sadly Amazon won't allow for another five to make it 10 stars.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 7 year old was really interested in reading some Dickens when she came across the original version of Oliver Twist on my Kindle. I found her this copy and she devoured it in a few hours - really good introduction for young children. I would recommend this product for confident, young readers.
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Format: Paperback
So many people know the story of Oliver Twist from the film or stage adaptions, and these are indeed excellent and worth their popularity. However there is so much more to this story to be found by reading the book.

I first read this book aged 12 and recently re-read it. It is short enough that children and young people certainly can enjoy it despite the slightly dated nature of the text. And indeed it does not feel as dated as it might. This is a timeless work, laced with a lot of humour that certainly surpised and delighted me when I read it as a boy.

On re-reading, all my old favourite passages were there. The place where Oliver is asked to bow to the board, but not seeing a board fortunately bows to the table instead. The hilarious trial of the Artful Dodger or the comic Mr Bumble and especially his famous "the law is a ass" passage were all just as I had remembered them. I was more surpised by the biting irony I found on rereading the book though. I am not sure if I missed this when I was younger or whether I had just forgotten it, but Dickens does this very well.

The only criticism of the story is a well known one. The "Dickensian Coincidences" make the world of Dickesn seem like a very small place! But this book is rightly a classic and I hope it will be enjoyed by people young and old for many years to come.
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I really enjoyed this book, it's the first time I've read it. So full of description and gives an excellent insight of how people lived and Dicken's gives a vivid description of the times. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone young or old who haven't read Charles Dickens before to read it.
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