Oliver Twist is the second novel by Charles Dickens, published serially from 1837 to 1839. It follows the life of Oliver Twist, an orphan who escapes from a workhouse and joins a gang of pickpockets led by the notorious Fagin. Along the way, he encounters various characters, such as the Artful Dodger, Nancy, Bill Sikes, Mr. Brownlow, and Monks, who either help him or harm him in his quest to find his true identity and family.
The novel is a powerful critique of the social and economic conditions of Victorian England, especially the harsh treatment of the poor and the vulnerable. Dickens exposes the corruption and cruelty of the legal system, the workhouse system, and the criminal underworld. He also explores themes such as innocence, guilt, sin, redemption, and justice.
This hardcover edition of Oliver Twist is a faithful reproduction of the original three-volume book published in 1838 by Richard Bentley. It contains 24 steel-engraved plates by George Cruikshank, one of the most famous illustrators of the time. The plates depict scenes from the novel in vivid detail and add to the realism and emotion of the story. The book also has a sturdy binding that will withstand frequent use and handling.
Oliver Twist is a must-read for anyone who appreciates classic literature, historical fiction, or social commentary. It is a timeless work that will captivate you with its plot, characters, and style. Whether you read it for pleasure or for study, you will find something new and meaningful in every page.