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?