Saturday, June 13, 2015
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
Book image courtesy of tower.com
Read, reviewed and released in summer, 2007
This is a classic that I've heard about almost all my life, I guess, but somehow never read until now. It is a rags to riches, boy Cinderella story about an unidentified orphan child born in a Victorian workhouse, taken in by a gang of robbers and pickpockets, but later rescued by two groups of kind people who give him a fresh start in life, and ultimately discover his true identity.
Dickens' anti-Semitism is discussed in the afterword. It was offensive to me, but I considered it a part of the times in which he lived and wrote.