Oliver Twist: A Review by Lucia Chen

OliverTwistCoverOliver Twist is a classic novel describing the life of a young orphan named Oliver Twist. Raising Oliver from a young age, Mr. Bumble named him, cheated him, and eventually sold him. Oliver then faces many problems after leaving the orphanage, being brought under the wing of two criminals named Sikes and Fagin. Meanwhile, there is a suspicious man named Monks purposely creating mayhem for Oliver for reasons unknown. As this innocent child with incredibly bad luck and timing travels around London, he meets all sorts of different people.

The setting takes place in late 1800s London.  The mood and tone of this novel is very dark, as are the characters. This is not a good book to read if you are not a fan of suspense and mystery, as it contains a great deal of suspense and mystery, as well as betrayal.

The writing style of the text is caught between classical and modern. Like most modern book these days, the plot moves fast and completely in line. Almost everything written about in the novel was crucial to the plot. The book however is a classic through and through, shown by the author’s writing. The writing itself is very smooth and descriptive, as it contains not only many adjectives, but the author writes in multiple dialects as well.

I myself did not enjoy the book, as the writing and plot was very choppy. Neither introductions nor events were done at a steady pace. Many events as well as characters occurred in a few paragraphs, which flew out of my head the second I turned the page. When reading this novel, I found it very complicated to remember which minor characters did what and when, as well as the chronological order of events. However, that is only my personal opinion gained from my personal reading style.

This book is recommended for ages 14 and up, not because of the content, but because of the writing style. The author tends to write 2-paragraph introductions and events, yet write over a chapter of conversation. It might be difficult for a younger age group to thoroughly comprehend the content of this book. Although there is some murder and betrayal, one of the main criteria to keep in mind when choosing this book would be your vocabulary. The author uses many big words, as well as dialects that may be confusing at times. The book would be more suited to analyze then to create a book talk on, as the behavior and characters may be interesting, but the plot and contents are all over the place.

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