First real experience with Dickens. The story was great. A definite classic. Oliver is challenged from the moment he is born. He is orphaned and is sent to a workhouse in England where he lives a dreaded life the appears to get worse and worse.
The book has some colorful characters that today would probably not be allowed to be printed which says a lot for our society. We have regressed and instead of evolving into a more open society we have gone the opposite way. Definitely a book to read.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 600 pages
Publisher: Collector's Library; New edition (August 1, 2010)