Book Review:
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Title: Oliver Twist
Author: Charles Dickens
Published: 1835
Language: English
Pages: 531
Rating: 3/5

Set in Victorian England, Oliver Twist is the tale of a starving orphan, caught between the forces of good and evil.

I find this a bit difficult to review, but I will do my best.

I had very high expectations for this and I was a bit let down. I was really into it when I got started, but there were parts in the middle that I found such an effort to get through. The ending was pretty good, but I almost feel like it ended too well. The story is so sad in parts, and yet everything ties up neatly at the end: all good people are rewarded, all bad people punished, and you can sort of tell halfway through the story that this kid everything revolves around is going to be just fine.

I loved some of the characters, and yet there were others that evoked no feelings with me. Oliver was by far my favourite character, he's just so loveable (maybe even a bit too loveable...).

All this aside, I'm really happy I read this book. I understand it's merit and though I didn't fall in love with this book, I am very glad I read it. I will definitely pick up some more Dickens at some point.

I would recommend this if you want to try some Dickens, but this is a long and sometimes slow book, so be prepared.

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  1. O well, you can't love every book you read, can you? I think generally speaking people have a high regard of classics like this one by Dickens, but they're 'just' novels as well: some people love, others just like them and other again don't care for them at all. I recently read Silas Marner by George Eliot and I thought it was okay, but not really really great: also a 3/5 on Goodreads. I heard that Bleak House by Dickens was by far his best novel, by the way! Maybe you'd love that one better ...

    1. Very true. I've heard that too! So the next one I read will probably be Bleak House.

      Oooh, can't wait to read your review of Silas Marner!


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