Synopses & Reviews
One of the most beloved books in the English language, full of colorful characters and gritty street life
"Look here! Heres a jolly life! What's the odds where it comes from?"
Meet the Artful Dodger, as roistering and swaggering a young gentleman as ever stood four foot six. With him, youll run down the dirty backstreets of London to be entertained by the Respectable Old Gentleman and his brood of thieves and pickpockets. Fagin will bring you to "the trade," and make something of you, something profitable. But there's something about the young orphan Oliver that's too good for this dark and dangerous world—can he ever escape its clutches?
"This ain't the shop for justice."
—The Artful Dodger
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 escape. In Oliver Twist, Dickens graphically conjures up the capital's underworld, full of prostitutes, thieves and lost and homeless children, and gives a voice to the disadvantaged and abused.
"We sit entranced at Dickens' feet, safe in his stories; and when we come out, we have tools to help us guard against the dark." --Daily Telegraph
Meet the Artful Dodger, as roistering and swaggering a young gentleman as ever stood four foot six. With him, you'll run down the dirty backstreets of London to be entertained by the Respectable Old Gentleman and his brood of thieves and pickpockets. Fagin will bring you to 'the trade', and make something of you, something profitable.But there's something about the young orphan Oliver that's too good for this dark and dangerous world -- can he ever escape its clutches?
About the Author
CHARLES DICKENS was a brilliant and prolific writer, probably the most famous nineteenth century English novelist. He was very successful during his lifetime and his books have never been out of print. The exciting plots and fantastic characters in his books have meant they have all been adapted (in some cases, many times over) for television or the big screen. Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth. His first book, The Pickwick Papers, was published in instalments in a monthly magazine, and was a roaring success. Even before this book was finished, Charles began writing another novel, Oliver Twist. This is one of his most famous books -- perhaps you've read it, or seen the musical or one of the film adaptations? Many other novels followed and Dickens became a celebrity in America as well as Britain. Dickens died after stroke on June 9, 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.