"Oliver Twist" (1838) is one of the best loved and darkest of Dickens' novels and presents some of the most memorable of Dickens' great characters, from the rascal antics of street urchin the Artful Dodger, the manipulative seediness of Fagin and the threatening brutality of Bill Sykes, to the kindness of prostitute Nancy and the innocence of ...Read More"Oliver Twist" (1838) is one of the best loved and darkest of Dickens' novels and presents some of the most memorable of Dickens' great characters, from the rascal antics of street urchin the Artful Dodger, the manipulative seediness of Fagin and the threatening brutality of Bill Sykes, to the kindness of prostitute Nancy and the innocence of Oliver, who escapes the horrors of the workhouse where he dares to ask for more, only to find himself taken in by a den of thieves in London's underworld. "Oliver Twist" is Dickens' first social tract and a significant development in his growth as a writer keen to appeal to the widest audience while discussing the most serious of subjects. Shocking for its time, it is a masterful expose of the inadequacy of the British Poor Laws and the evils that corrupted the childhood innocence in Victorian society...Based on the world-famous "Nonesuch Press" edition of 1937, the text is taken from the 1867 Chapman and Hall edition, which became known as the Charles Dickens edition, and was the last edition to be corrected by the author himself. "The Nonesuch" edition contains illustrations selected by Dickens himself, by artists including Hablot Knight Browne ('Phiz'), George Cruikshank, John Leech, Robert Seymour and George Cattermole. The new "Nonesuch Dickens" reproduces the original elegance of these beautiful editions. Books are printed on natural cream shade high quality stock, are quarter bound in bonded leather with cloth sides, include a ribbon marker and feature special printed endpapers. Each book is wrapped in a protective, clear acetate jacket.Read Less
Prompt, well packaged, as offered, thank you.
Prompt, well packaged, as offered, thank you.
Aug 9, 2007
"Please sir, I want some more"
Oliver Twist, a rich tapestry of English society in the 1830?s, is one of Charles Dickens' s best-known and well-loved works. In the first chapters, Dickens satirizes the hypocrisy and flaws of Victorian social institutions (under the Poor Laws of 1834) including the treatment of the poor, the exploitation of the innocent, the corruption of society´s government, its laws and criminal system. Oliver Twist journeys from innocence to experience without capitulating to the evil forces that hinder his progress and, thus addresses the pervasive problem of evil in society and human nature. Dickens uses Oliver's physical torment to evoke the reader's sympathy and incite his or her awareness of society's corruption. In doing so, he unearths the problem of evil as an ever-present force that dwells not only within the supernatural underworld of Fagin and Sikes but, ironically, looms in the most unsuspecting places, even in the very institutions established to aid society's poor. In Dickens?s descriptions, the words ?neglect? and ?decay? recur insistently. He uses irony, sarcasm and biting language. Interestingly, he doesn't suggest any solutions; he merely points out the suffering inflicted by these systems and their deep injustice. Readers, who appreciate a good read, would undoubtedly agree with Oliver's famous plea, "Please sir, I want some more"
Publishers Weekly, 2010-07-26 The inimitable Martin Jarvis brings his talents to bear on Charles Dickens's classic in an audiobook that will delight listeners with its superb recreations of gritty 19th-century London. To escape Mr. Bumble and life in the workhouse, Oliver flees to London where he meets the Artful Dodger and becomes embroiled with Fagin's ragtag band of thieves. Jarvis simply dazzles: his performance captures both the humor and sorrow of the text, his narration is crisp, and his characterizations-his rendition of the terrifying district magistrate, Mr. Fang, is particularly memorable-are as varied as they are energetic, befitting, and enjoyable. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1996-11-11 A Twist of Beauty An inviting design may inspire readers of a newly abridged edition of Charles Dickens's classic Oliver Twist to join the hero in asking, please sir, for more. Christian Birmingham spots nearly every page of text with a small, charcoal-gray image, and complements important scenes with full-page color illustrations. Birmingham's hues are predominantly deep, somber and gritty, but not without occasional flashes of royal blues and golds. Text is shaded in the faintest yellow, soft on the eye. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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