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Very gripping, but quite incomplete
am 11. April 1999
I have to admit that I was quite disappointed by this book that started out beautifully. About halfway through the book, Dickens dropped Oliver and started pursuing all of the books other chracters, of which,I might add, there are too many; if he really wanted to keep all of the characters then he should have made the book longer, or scratched a few of them. Although I did understand the book, the excess of characters forces the author to pursue each one of them, thus making the novel complicated. When I say that it was incomplete, I mean that it did not pursue all of Oliver's exploits, it was not a total attack on the system of society back then because it failed to impress sadness upon the reader at the end, simply because Oliver had a great life from twelve onwards. If he had been hung for doing nothing, simply falling into one of Fagin's setups, then this book would have had a bigger impact. Look at Uncle Tom's Cabin, for example. Tom dies an awful death a few days before his rescuer arrives, and Uncle Tom's Cabin caused the Civil War and the end of slavery! Finally, I think that Monks is introduced too late in the story, forcing Dickens to rapidly let the plot unfold at the very end of the book.