This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
The story is about an orphan, Oliver Twist, who endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. He escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets.
I love it!
A good education on how the British think
Daring to evaluate an acknowledged classic is one thing, but I think it speaks volumes that Oliver Twist is revered as such. I don't doubt the skill with which Dickens slowly draws the reader into each chapter, nor the word-play which unfortunately gets confusing to a modern reader. I found it very handy having an e-reader that let me highlight and lookup definitions for words that have since fallen out of use, like "parochial".
There just seems to be a few strange habits that a decent modern editor would have fixed.
The strange treatment of time, where an hour is treated like a minute
The obvious belief that a person is born to nobility regardless of their circumstances is hard to reconcile with Dickens' obvious cynicism of religion, yet he firmly states his Christianity at the end.
Oliver could somehow read without anybody having taught him.
All sin is treated as one collective descent into hell, rather than the multitude of temptations that plague even the most virtuous. Oliver is infallibly "good" without any moral guidance.
After reading mainly modern fiction, the lack of first-person narrative makes the storytelling seem dull at first, but I eventually got used to the tone and tempo. It even gave me nightmares once. Overall, Oliver Twist is a decent read, and a good background to understanding English culture.
Truely classic, deserves all the accolades ever directed at it.