Sunday, 31 July 2011

Charles DICKENS Oliver Twist, C1, 3000 Headwords, Penguin Readers

By María Pérez González, 1º Bachillerato EFL

This book talks about a poor woman married and pregnant who lived in London. She was very ill and died in childbirth. The baby boy was taken to an orphanage and the owner decided to call him Oliver TwistLater Oliver went to London and found a thieves´ band with a leader named Fagin, who accepted Oliver in the group. There he met Betsy, John Dawkins and others. One day Fagín sent Oliver to steal, and if he did not do it, the older boys would give him a beating. Oliver was to steal with his companions from Mr Brownlow and he discovered them, but he didn´t hand them to the police. He rescued Oliver from the band. Oliver felt happy because Mrs. Bedwin took care of him. In the end, Fagin was sentenced to be hanged for committing many crimes, and Oliver discovered that the old man was his own closest relative. He takes Oliver who will be given the inheritance which he had been deprived of.

I think this book could be recommended to everybody except perhaps to little children because it talks about crimes. But, on the other hand, it could be entertaining for them, too, because it tells Oliver's adventures.

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