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P B Dalley (Tamworth,, Staffordshire United Kingdom)

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Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics)
Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics)
by Charles Dickens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Deception with a Twist of Fate, 10 Jun. 2003
Dickens writes with authority in ‘Oliver Twist’. The preface to the book outlines clearly how Dickens has grown tired of the glamorising of criminals, and sets off in pursuit of putting the record straight.
All his characters and settings are drawn on using his own experiences from his own life, as well as purposefully bringing into his story characters to whom he familiarised himself with at first hand, such as the obnoxious and arrogantly rude character, ‘Mr Fang’the Police Magistrate. What is so amazing about this and many of Dickens’ books, is the authors ability to draw the reader into each character, as you read Sikes’s part, you feel like the nasty criminal, you can’t help hunching your shoulders and wanting to rub the back of your hands as you read the words of ‘Fagin,’ even the pompous and outrageous ‘Mr Bumble’ commands the readers attempts at the recognition of his character.
Throughout the book your emotions are tested at the unbelievable cruelty bestowed on the innocence of ‘Oliver Twist’ by the worst criminal elements, and their attempts at ruining the life of a child, denied of his true identity, an identity that would free him from a life of degradation, poverty and enforced crime.

A Child Called It
A Child Called It
by Dave Pelzer
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Test of Emotions, 29 May 2003
This review is from: A Child Called It (Paperback)
This is a compelling read, which leaves the reader feeling disturbed, confused and angry. It is a book that you will read in one go, for it is impossible to put down once you start. When you reach the end, there are more questions in the readers mind than there are answers, you may not cry, but you will feel overwhelmed with many different emotions. It is hard to believe that this is a true story, simply because it is so unbelievable and because many us will never experience any think like this, or here of anything like this in our lives. It's a story of a mother's cruel abuse and a boy's ability to survive.

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