My Favorite Books #9

oliver twistTitle: Oliver Twist
Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Bentley’s Miscellany (original in 1837-1839), Penguin Classics, B&N Classics, etc

Brief Summary:

Told from the POV of a young boy, Charles Dickens reveals the dark side of society; the murderers, the prostitutes, the thieves and liars. It tells the tale of one Oliver Twist, who faces adversity since the day he was born and the death of his mother. We see how 19th century London treats the orphaned and bereft and how Oliver eventually overcomes by sheer luck.

What I Think:

  • I first read this book when I was around ten. Then when I was around 15 or 16.
  • Needless to say, I was riveted.
  • Some people don’t like him because of his wordiness and darkness, but I enjoy Dickens and Oliver Twist in particular.
  • I can’t explain why I like the book.
  • I like that Oliver perseveres even when faced with the worst of society.
  • He maintains a good heart throughout the whole story.
  • He gets his reward at the end of the story, even though that might not happen in real life.
  • Sometimes you just need a feel good ending after going through the worst journey.
  • I tend to gravitate towards darker stories and I’m not sure why and this was one of the first (not to say that I don’t like light hearted movies.)
  • For some reason I love the Artful Dodger, even though he’s a crook. He’s an interesting guy. I even named one of my high school fiction characters after him.
  • In some ways I think this book is better than Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. But that’s just me.
  • Dickens did not like Austen’s writing. And thus why there’s so many stark oppositions, you either like one or the other; very few like both.
  • Which, I do, sort of.
  • But clearly, I like Dickens.
  • Anyway, you should definitely read this book.
  • I need to re-read it again.
  • Haven’t done so in years.

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