Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Book Review: Oliver Twist
Author: Charles Dickens
My rating: 4/5
Summary: Oliver Twist is the story of an orphan boy, who seems to be dogged by trouble where ever he goes, even though he does not seek it out. A wonderful tale of trouble, and some comical characters. Dickens second novel that firmly established him in the literary world both then, and for years to come.
Characters: I loved Oliver, he was so sweet, innocent, and kind. He was so polite despite his horrible upbringing. I always wanted to snatch him away and protect him from all the horrible people! Rosa was another one that I loved. She was so much like Oliver, the same sweet, innocent, and kind combo. I will say that I wish I was more like her.
I must say that I found some of the characters so very humorous! There were also those that where creepy. Overall this book had all kinds of characters.
Setting: The movement of the settings from the unloving, uncaring place where Oliver grew up, too the caring and kind places where strangers took him in, was interesting. I found the contrast between London and the country interesting. The portrayal of London as a harsh, dirty, uncaring place, while the country was warm, loving, hospitable.
Overall: Overall this book was one that I would love to read again. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the setting. It was difficult to put down at some points which is not always how I find Charles Dickens for me. I think this book has become my second favorite Dickens Book.