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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazingly detailed book that everyone should read!
'Oliver Twist' is a great book. I think all those people that gave it 1-stars and 2-stars are narrow-minded, excrutiatingly dumb people that type reviews in for the fun of putting down other peoples great work. Either find some kindergarden book to read, go to school, or get a life.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not Dicken's Best- Drawn out and boring
Oliver Twist was certainly not Dicken's best work. It carried on and on about irrelevant issues that did not relate to the novel's actual plot. Although it depicted the lives of the lowerclass in the Victorian era fairly accurately, it showed the upperclass as "good" people trying to help the lowerclass; This was obviously not accurate. The book wrote in 550...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazingly detailed book that everyone should read!, 28. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oliver Twist (Tor Classic) (Taschenbuch)
'Oliver Twist' is a great book. I think all those people that gave it 1-stars and 2-stars are narrow-minded, excrutiatingly dumb people that type reviews in for the fun of putting down other peoples great work. Either find some kindergarden book to read, go to school, or get a life.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Crucial Knowledge, 4. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Dickens' 2nd novel "Oliver Twist" is a crucial MUST for an understanding of Dickens. While I do not consider it a 5 star book, it shows many sides of Dickens. It shows the harsh conditions of Victorian England very well. But it also exposes us to Dickens cynical sense of humor. One case is where the magistrate who is suppose to judge a case is comically unaware of the case. Also Dickens presents us with dramatic irony in that Fagin (the thief) treats his boys better than the legitimate firms. Dickens also provides us with a wide variety of characters. Also, Dickens provides us with an interesting situation in that it is clear that the legitimate firms do not hesitate in their abuse to Oliver. Fagin clearly DOES have a conscience. His concern for Oliver is genuine when Bill Sikes goes into his psychopathic rages. Furthermore, Dickens makes sure we feel a slow and agonizing pain when Fagin is arrested and doomed to die.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not Dicken's Best- Drawn out and boring, 15. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Oliver Twist was certainly not Dicken's best work. It carried on and on about irrelevant issues that did not relate to the novel's actual plot. Although it depicted the lives of the lowerclass in the Victorian era fairly accurately, it showed the upperclass as "good" people trying to help the lowerclass; This was obviously not accurate. The book wrote in 550 pages what could have been summed up nicely in 200 pages.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ergreifende Szenen in etwas wirrer Geschichte, 26. August 2013
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Der Roman aus den Jahren 1837-1839 erzählt Geschichten rund um die Titelfigur. Oliver wächst im Armenhaus einer kleinen Stadt auf, flieht schließlich nach London, gerät dort in die Fänge einer Diebesband, wird aber schließlich von wohlhabenden und -meinenden Bürgern aufgenommen. Mit der Zeit ergibt sich, dass seine Herkunft ein Geheimnis birgt....

Der Roman hat eine zentrale Schwäche und eine ebensolche Stärke. Die Schwäche ist die Handlungsführung. Während es am Anfang noch recht straight um die Figur des Oliver geht, werden ab seiner Ankunft in London schon mehrere Nebenschauplätze mit einer großen Anzahl von Figuren aufgemacht, die nicht ganz glücklich konstruiert neben- und ineinander erzählt werden. Im letzten Drittel gerät Oliver als Figur fast völlig aus dem Fokus, auch wenn es noch um seine Geschichte geht. Die Handlungsführung ist nun sehr sprunghaft, von vielen Zufällen durchsetzt und begeht Nebengleise, die nicht unbedingt notwendig wären. Es wirkt wie eine Ansammlung von Einzelszenen, die lose zusammengehalten werden.

Die große Stärke sind eben diese Einzelszenen. Sie sind in sich grandios und zeigen die ganze Meisterschaft Dickens, der damit m.E. zu Recht zu den ganz Großen der Literaturgeschichte gehört. Die Art und Weise, wie er Szenen und Figuren in Äußerem und in ihren Handlungen und Gefühlen beschreibt ist hochpräzise, von existentieller Einfühlsamkeit und oft hochergreifend.

Ein Bespiel aus dem hinteren Teil, in dem es um ein unglückliches Ehepaar geht: "...the misery, the slow torture, the protracted anguish of that ill-assorted union; I know how listlessly and wearily each of that wretched pair dragged on their heavy chain through a world that was poisoned to them both; I know how cold formalities were succeeded by open taunts; how indifference gave place to dislike, dislike to hate, and hate to loathing, until at last they wrenched the clanking bond asunder...." - Das könnte heute noch nicht besser den Zustand dysfunktionaler, selbstzerstörerischer Beziehungen beschreiben.

Man ist daher beim Lesen immer mal wieder von der sprunhaften Handlung genervt und auch mal ein bisschen gelangweilt, wird aber durch die hochwertigen Einzelszenen entschädigt, deren Qualität ich so hoch einschätze, dass ich fünf Sterne trotz der Probleme noch gerechtfertigt halte.

Zum Englischen: Es ist sicher schwieriges Englisch mit komplizierten Sätzen und einem umfangreichen, ungewohnten Wortschatz. Die Sprunghaftigkeit der Handlung macht das Verständnis nochmal schwieriger. Einziger Trost: Im Vergleich zu anderen sozialkritischen Romanen aus der Zeit gibt es weniger schwer verständliche Stellen, in denen Slang und Gossensprache lautmalerisch umgesetzt werden.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Dickens At His Most Snide & Sarcastic, 17. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
The story of an orphan boy literally sold for labor in Victorian England had to be told & Dickens describes the whole affair with a delightful sarcasm, sparing no one. The problem with this book is that it seems to wander off track, devolving into a sort of anti-semitic soap opera. Worth reading, but not Dickens' best.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Crucial Study, 31. März 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
While I don't feel this is Dickens' best, I still consider it a crucial work of his. This 2nd novel of his certainly emphasizes the harsh conditions of Victorian England. Also, this novel demonstrates his cynical sense of humour. He also demonstrates his skill of creating dramatic irony. Fagin (the so called villain) treats Oliver and the other boys much better than the legitimate firms. Also, Dickens portrays an interesting contrast. One one hand, we have the frightening psychopath Bill Sikes. On the other hand, Fagin clearly DOES have a conscience. (This is clearly displayed when Sikes goes into a rage and Fagin expresses his concern.) It is also interesting that the legitimate firms abuse Oliver and the other boys without a second thought. I can not overemphasize the grace in which Dickens makes Fagin's death very slow, tragic, and painful for us. We also have altruistic characters such as Mr. Brownlow and Rose. Characters such as Mr. Grimwig add some welcome comical touches. So we have strong images, a bitter representation of the period, comical touches, dramatic irony, and well drawn tragic scenes. Enjoy!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not Mr. Dickens' Best, 4. Februar 1999
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Charles Dickens is the best author England ever produced next to Shakespeare. He was simply a literary genius. My copies of Great Expectations and David Copperfiel are my two most valued possessions. I frequently find myself rereading old passages from not only those two novels but from almost all of his works. The one work I reread passages from least often is Oliver Twist. Oliver Twist was somewhat of a dissppointment for me. Yes, it was only his second novel, and he was still experimenting the with medium, and we can't expect masterpieces from a young artist, but the Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby (the novels he wrote before and after this) were so much better! It was as if he suffered a one novel slump with Oliver. It isn't an awful, unreadable novel, but it isn't a great novel either. There is too much melodrama and the sentimental scenes are atrocious. I did not care much for Oliver, either. All of the novels good scenes come from Fagin and Bill Sikes. The descriptions of Fagin moving stealthily through the London streets and of Sike's reaction to the murder are as good as anything else Dickens wrote. But on the whole the novel should be avoided. Dickens'other works are much better.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Very gripping, but quite incomplete, 11. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oliver Twist (Tor Classic) (Taschenbuch)
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.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Children as products of the environment, 25. März 1997
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oliver Twist (Puffin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Although focusing on the misfortune's of a young protagonist, Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist must not be viewed as a story stictly for adolescents. Dickens, more popular in his time than in modern America, had a subtle way of unveiling the failings and shortcomings of late 19th century English society. It is my belief he hoped to alleviate the misfortunes of everyday life through change by presenting a looking-glass before the English burgeois. What better way to appeal to the decency of man than to present a tortured, half-starved, bright-eyed orphan? Readers will feel a strong sympathy toward Oliver and demand justice. Because justice is done at the close, Dickens succeeds in making his point of the strength of human spirit. He presents hope in a world of despair; sunshine in the fog of London. And although criticized as a "choppy narrative" (this "choppiness" comes stems from the original serialization of the novel) Dickens reminds those of us with a few more years under out lengthening belts, that children, regardless of their lineage, deserve the chance to flourish and will indeed lead productive, honest lives if given love and knowledge rather than hatred and brutality
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I really liked this book. I felt like I was there., 28. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is a very old book that I just finished. It is about a young boy named Oliver Twist. He is an orphan who escapes the mean and cheerless workhouse and he goes to the streets in London during the 19th century. This book was very interesting. Charles Dickens wrote this book really well. He made it seem like I was living Oliver's life and going through all the bad and good times he had. When Oliver joined the band of the street urchins and their leader it seemed so fun, I wish I could have been there with them in the pick-pocketing game. When Oliver first got on the streets, he was sad and unhappy, then when he joined that band on the streets, he had alot of fun and laughed alot. Overall,Charles Dickens Oliver Twist tells how it would be like to be an orphan living on the streets. He made it seem so fun and interesting, and sometimes I even felt like I was there. Charles Dickens made me experience the sad parts of what being an orphan might be like. I highly reccommend this book to any Charles Dickens fans.
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