Charles Dickens’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 or the brutal Bill Sikes, Oliver
combines elements of melodrama, dark humour
and social polemic.
At once a ferocious indictment of the author’s era
and 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.
'The power of [Dickens] is so amazing that
the reader at once becomes his captive.' William Makepeace Thackeray
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