I was recently reminded of this book, and since it is brilliant and I think that everyone should read it (but that’s just my personal opinion), I thought I’d tell you about it.
Oliver is a poor orphan, who ran away from the family that was taking care of him. Set on escape from the awful family and from the man who runs the orphanage, Oliver makes his way to the streets of London, where he meets Dodger, a thief (more specifically, a pick-pocket), and the man who taught Dodger everything, Fagan. They take him in, and teach him their ways. Oliver is a book about surviving on the streets, and about love, but most of all, it’s about the unfairness of life, and how there is always hope.
I do not recommend this book for children, for obvious reasons, one of which is that it was written by Charles Dickens, and is therefore a classic novel, and furthermore, is a little hard to understand at times.
This book made me cry multiple times, and even though you may not be in the same situation as Oliver (at all), you really connect with him. Charles Dickens came up with a book intense enough that it makes you want to jump into the book, just to give the main character a hug and say, “It’s going to turn out all right, you’ll see.”
It is a heartfelt and lengthy book, that will take you back to that time, and imagine each scene. Also, if you’ve ever seen the play or the movie, it doesn’t hurt to have read the book; its equally as good, and I’d even say it’s better (as most books are), because you connect more with the character. They can’t express what Oliver is feeling or thinking in a movie or play; but it can be expressed with words on a page, and Charles Dickens does an amazing job with that.
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