I loved Oliver Twist, the musical. I can sign the songs even now. The book -- is so much darker than the musical.
Oliver is the story about an orphan's struggles...first in an abusive, neglectful orphanage. Then he's adopted by a kindly mortician, but abused by the wife and daughter. Then he's adopted by a wonderful man only to be kidnapped and pulled into the criminal underworld where most of the book occurs.
The underworld is a place where nasty adults take advantage of young boys, turning them into thieves and pick pockets. But even in this environment, Oliver finds a kind soul.
There is a happy ending -- but it's not the light fare that one might expect from the musical.
Oliver Twist is an enchanting story that goes through twists and turns every minute. From an orphan with no background (but much harsh upbringing) to an assistant coffin maker, Oliver is cheerful, timid, and possesed with a feel of righteousness. After falling in with bad company, Oliver is accused falsly, kidnapped, and his good name is stained. After corageous acts and help from loving freinds, Oliver gets back on his feet. Oliver Twist has a steady plot and wonderfully detailed characters that highlights the frightening life of a lonely orpah but also the values of family, friendship and love. It's not a wonder that this book has lasted through generations and praised as one of Charles Dicken's best and most well-known book.
One of the best Dickens's books, Oliver Twist impresses with its quality of writing and interesting characters. Its about a young boy, Oliver, who doesn't know his parents. He was grown in a terrifying orphanage, but the hunger and the miserable living conditions don't make him cruel and merciless. He runs away and goes to London where he gets into the company of thieves, led by the awful Fagin...
Oliver Twist is a fictional and at the same time very realistic book. A masterpiece that you could only benefit by reading.