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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens, Philip Horne It's really much more like 3.5 stars but on the 3 side of that rating. Mostly, it's quite clearly an early novel (having previous read mostly his latter works). The characters are all larger-than-life in popular culture and so their existence outside of the novel somewhat capsizes the piece as a whole. Plus, the plot is a mess - there are way too many subplots and other things going on that really don't need to be there. It's a bold and audacious novel for what it was in Dickens' body of work... but it exists outside of itself in the modern setting and, as a result, never quite lives up to [i]anything[/i] you want/need/expect/believe it to be. More about it and the mythic status vs. actual experience at RB: http://wp.me/pGVzJ-rm