Recensie: Oliver Twist

18254Auteur: Charles Dickens
Titel: Oliver Twist
Genre: Klassieke literatuur, Engelse literatuur, Historisch
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1838
ISBN: 9780141439747
Aantal pagina’s
: 608
Gelezen: Augustus 2016

‘Let him feel that he is one of us; once fill his mind with the idea that he has been a thief, and he’s ours, – ours for his life!’

The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens’s tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters — the arch-villain Fagin, the artful Dodger, the menacing Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining elements of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and popular melodrama, in Oliver Twist Dickens created an entirely new kind of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a cruel society, and pervaded by an unforgettable sense of threat and mystery.
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Review: Great Expectations

IMG_4966 Auteur: Charles Dickens
Titel: Great Expectations
Genre: Literatuur, classics
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 1861
ISBN: 9780192833594
Aantal bladzijden: 505
Gelezen: 16 – 26 februari

In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.

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