Oliver Twist review ë 9

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read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Charles Dickens ‘Please sir I want some ’Oliver is an orphan living on the dangerous London streets with no one but himself to rely on Fleeing from poverty and hardship he falls in with a criminal st. In recent years I have become bewitched by all things gothic and I was curious to discover to what extent gothic tropes and examplars may have influenced the imagery and structure of Dicken's first serious novel Specifically I was interested in how gothic elements might be expressed in Oliver Twist's urban atmosphere Had Hugo's Paris thieves' guild left its mark upon Fagin and his charges Had Scott's Highland robbers' caves influenced Dickens' lowlife dens Were these dirty London streets much the same as those of the Newgate novels or had distinct touches of the marvelous already arisen hints of the city that would soon take shape in the fiction of Conan Doyle and Machen I think I detected a little gothic influence in the city atmosphere but much less than I expected to find Fagin's den the Three Cripples gin mill and the abandoned house where Sykes' gang gathers may owe something to Hugo Scott and Radcliff but the general atmosphere is neither gothic nor Newgate but instead something new early Victorian realism Dickens knew London well His childhood acuainted him with London's depths and his manhood and its long compulsive walks with the city's variety and extent Dickens sees much and everything he sees he describes with a photographer's intensity and interestIt is in its structure rather than its metaphors that Oliver Twist owes a great debt to the gothic novel Although superficially a Newgate novel streetboy corrupted by urban gang into a life of crime it is actually closer to that of the traditional gothic with Oliver Twist taking the place of the menaced gothic heroine Oliver is torn between men who wish to control him often for their own selfish purposes and it is the struggle between guardians and would be guardians that gives the narrative of Oliver Twist its shape in much the same way that such a struggle determined the narrative movement of The Mysteries of Udolpho All in all I was pleasantly surprised Oliver Twist is short for a Dickens' novel and it has few of the wearisome circumlocutions or labored jests that sometimes afflict his longer works His prose is spare and full of powerful effects The murder of Nancy can still touch the jaded modern heart with its horror and the last appearances of Sykes and Fagin are also well done There are sentimental touches and incredible coincidences this is still Dickens after all but Oliver Twist is in essence a realistic novel of Victorian poverty and crime and it still packs a powerful punch

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Oliver Twist review ë 9 ¸ ‘Please sir I want some ’Oliver is an orphan living on the dangerous London streets with no one but himself to rely on Fleeing from poverty and hardship he falls in with a criminal street gang who will not let him go however hard he tries to escapeIn Oliver Twist Dickens graphically conjures up the capital's underworld full of Reet gang who will not let him go however hard he tries to escapeIn Oliver Twist Dickens graphically conjures up the capital's underworld full of prostitutes thieves and lost and homeless. “It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts that I would spare them from being wounded” Welcome to the 19th century The Industrial Revolution is in full flow Money is being made the population is thriving The working class is suffering and the Poor Law is in operation Oliver Twist is born under testing circumstances as his unmarried mother dies in childbirth and his father is nowhere to be found The Poor Law stated poor law authorities should no longer attempt to identify the fathers of illegitimate children and recover the costs of child support from them Hence Oliver is now an illegitimate orphan The book details on Oliver's struggles as a child the mistreatment he receives from a society of scoundrels in a dog eat dog world Oliver Twist is well known for its portrayal of English workhouse conditions The infamous scene where the hungry children draw lots and the loser must ask for a second portion of gruel Upon being asked the well fed hypocritical workhouse owners brand him a troublemaker and offer to send him away to anyone willing showing another cruel aspect of the Poor Law and the mistreatment of orphans at the time Please sir I want some The story showcases Oliver's pure soul in a world of misery and poverty The novel also illustrates a horrific image of 19th century London slums riddled with disease and poverty with shady crime circles We see a world where even children are not spared their innocence Oliver meets the Artful Dodger Despite the grim contents of the book the story however eventually proves that kindness does lurk in murky corners as well Oliver finds himself the recipient of love than once in the novel and his story eventually finds a respectable conclusion A personal favorite of mine Oliver Twist to me is the definitive illustration of Dickensian literature A representation of 19th century poverty and crime the novel is a classic tale of a child's survival in a world marked by cruelty

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Oliver TwistChildren and gives a voice to the disadvantaged and abusedAlso in the Vintage Classics Dickens Series A Christmas Carol A Tale of Two Cities David Copperfield Great Expectations Hard Tim. Oliver Twist is one of Charles Dickens's best known stories Characters such as the evil Fagin with his band of thieves and villains the Artful Dodger with all the airs and manners of a man the house breaker Sikes and his dog the conscience stricken but flawed Nancy the frail but determined Oliver and the arrogant and hypocritical beadle Mr Bumble have taken on a life of their own and passed into our culture Who does not recognise the sentence Please sir I want some or If the law says that then the law is a ass a idiot If that's the eye of the law the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience by experienceDramatisations of this story abound and there have been 25 films made of itso far Oliver Twist was appearing in 10 theatres in London before serialisation of the novel was even completed so how does the original novel hold up for a modern reader It seems pointless in this review to retell this famous story The excellent film by David Lean from 1948 is one of the most faithful to the book It stars Alec Guinness as Fagin Robert Newton as Bill Sikes and a young John Howard Davies as Oliver Twist Davis went on to work for the BBC as a producer all his life The subplot with Edward Leeman is largely missed out but that is inevitable in a short dramatisation The essence of the story is there and is true to Dickens as is much of his dialogue It's important to look not only at the writing style and construction but at the social conditions of the time and Dickens's own personal situation Oliver Twist; or the Parish Boy's Progress was written when he was only 25 and first published serially in Bentley's Miscellany where Dickens was editor from February 1837 to April 1839 Interestingly though it was not originally intended as a novel but as part of a series of sketches called the Mudfog Papers These were intended to be similar to the very popular Pickwick Papers Mudfog being heavily based on Chatham in Kent The Pickwick Papers had been phenomenally successful making Dickens famous He therefore decided to give up his job as a parliamentary reporter and journalist in November 1836 and to become a freelance writer But while The Pickwick Papers was still only halfway through being serialised his readers clamoured for a second novelThere must have been a lot of pressure on the young author to maintain such a high standard In addition to his writing and editing Dickens's personal life at the time was typically hectic In March 1837 he moved house Two months later his beloved sister in law Mary Hogarth died tragically young The grief he felt caused him to miss the deadlines for both The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist the only deadlines he ever missed in his entire writing career Four months later in October the final issue of Pickwick was published but the pressure did not let up In January of 1838 Dickens and his friend Hablot Knight Browne Phiz left for Yorkshire to do research for his next novel Nicholas Nickleby which itself started to be serialised two months later Interestingly it was not Browne who illustrated Oliver Twist although he had stepped into the breach before see my review of The Pickwick Papers and also went on to illustrate most of Dickens's further novels It was George Cruikshank and this is the only novel of Dickens he illustrated but that is another dramatic story Also in March Dickens's daughter Mary Mamie was born In November Dickens revised the monthly parts of Oliver Twist for the 3 volume book version the first instance where he was published und