The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters – the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, in Oliver Twist Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.
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DIFFERENT OFFER (please see description & pictures by BookGems before placing an order): Edition The World's Best Readings, published by Reader's Digest Association Ltd., 2002. HARDBACK. 398 pages, size: 16 x 23.5 x 3.5 cm. This edition contains the complete and unabridged text first published in monthly parts (February 1837 to April 1839), with illustrations by George Cruikshank, and Afterword by G.K. Chesterton. The new and unread book remains intact: hard cover bright with gilt decoration on front cover and gilt letterings on spine. Text all clean, neat and tight. Immaculate throughout. Prompt dispatch from UK.Review:
"The image of little Oliver Twist victimised by poverty, almost seduced by the specious excitement of crime, and then offered the possibility of a lucrative career in authorship is always compelling." --"Guardian" "We leave him most reluctantly, and so will every reader who has any capacity to see and feel whatsoever is most loveable, hateful, or laughable, in the character of the everyday life about him." --"Examiner" "He deals truly with human nature, which never can degrade; he takes up everything, good, bad, or indifferent, which he works up into a rich alluvial deposit. He is natural, and that never can be ridiculous." --"Quarterly Review"
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Book Description Christos Kondeatis Designs Limited 0. HARDCOVER. Book Condition: New. New, in publishers shrinkwrap! Special Anniversary Edition.;Oliver Twist is an orphan boy who runs away from a workhouse and travels to London where he meets a pickpocket on the streets. Oliver is taken under the wing of the pickpocket and finds he has joined a household of young boys who are trained to steal for their master. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 9781849310543