' 'It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper,' said Mr. Bumble. 'So cry away.' '
Charles Dicken's second novel is the tale of a young orphan who faces the gruelling conditions of a Victorian workhouse before finding himself sucked into the criminal underworld of London. Teeming with unforgettable characters such as the villainous Fagin, the virtuous Nancy and the brutal Bill Sikes, Oliver Twist combines dark humour, elements of melodrama and social polemic.
At once a ferocious indictment of the author's era anf a timeless story of coming of age, this classic has enthralled readers and inspired countless adaptations and imitations since it was first published in 1838.
About the Author
A literary phenomenon in his lifetime and renowned as much for his journalism and public speaking as for his novels, Charles Dickens (1812-70) now ranks as the most important Victorian writer and one of the most influential and popular authors in the English language. His memorable and vividly rendered characters and his combination of humour, trenchant satire and compassion have left an indelible mark on our collective imagination.
"The power of [Dickens] is so amazing that the reader at once becomes his captive." - William Makepeace Thackeray
Series: Alma Classics
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st October 2014
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1