Monday, February 28, 2011
Oliver Twist, Wrap-Up
Barnes & Noble Classics, 2003
Originally published 1839
This ends the month readalong of Oliver Twist, hosted by Allie at A Literary Odyssey. All of the threads introduced by Dickens are wrapped up and a very happy ending ensues. Oliver discovers his family, Rose and Harry can marry, friendship abounds, bad is punished. I do wonder if Oliver will get to meet children his own age; while the adults love him, it's not the same thing. Or is that idea a contemporary conception? I expect he'll be pretty happy just to be fed and loved rather than starved and driven through a life of crime.
Fagin, Sikes, and Dodger are all punished; the first two with death and the latter with transportation. At least I think that's Dodger's fate. It seems like that will be his ending but I didn't see it definitively stated (Did I skip over that part?)
The part I had been anticipating for the entire story was Nancy's death, the aftermath of which is particularly well-described. Sikes sat all night in the same room as her dead body until the sun starts pouring in and he comes to with the realization of what he's done. I found the description fantastic and this was one part where I didn't mind that Dickens was so verbose.
In conclusion, I'm very glad for this push to read this classic novel. I think it could definitely be recommended to Dickens newbies as it's very accessible, fairly fast-moving, and not filled with zillions of coincidences.
Read for FITG Challenge.