Daily Archives: April 28, 2013

30% done with Oliver Twist

J.K. Rowling, who sometimes is compared to Dickens, is a far better storyteller. Harry Potter, though finding himself also at the mercy of things he didn’t understand or control, was also introduced as someone who did have the power to affect the world around him. He only needed to learn to control those powers.

Oliver Twist, however, has shown no such talents to earn my sympathy. He’s just a cliche.

22% done with Oliver Twist

“… there are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.”

And this is one of them.

I wonder how many times Fagan is referred to as ‘the Jew’ in the book? Unlike Conrad whose racism was a product of the times, Dickens is just a dick.

Also, why is everyone who is poor also such a terrible human? Isn’t the point of this book to shed light on the terrible London conditions of the poor?