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Book review: Oliver Twist

Name of the book: OLIVER TWIST (Abridged edition)
Author: CHARLES DICKENS (Retold by Rani Sircan)
Pages: 87
Summary of the book:
Oliver Twist was an orphan. Soon after his birth his mother died and he was brought up in an orphanage and after some time because of ill treatment he ran away from there and accidentally joined a group of robbers. There they forced him to steal and be a pickpocket. But he refused to lead a life of crime and escaped from there. After that he was with a family for sometime. There he is seen by someone who knew his father and he and his friends try to find his true ancestry and they succeed in it. And with that they too find his half brother who tried to make him a thief. The story ends with that he settles with his father’s friend who recognize him as his adopted son. It is a very thrilling novel with many twists and turns and of course added with adventure.
Book review by: Aravind P.G., Class VIII B

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Book review: David Copperfield

Name of the book: DAVID COPPERFIELD (Abridged)
Pages: 102
Summary of the book:
David Copperfield is the masterpiece of the great writer Charles Dickens. Along with the book Oliver Twist, Christmas Carol, he wrote David Copperfield as his favorite. He itself clarified that it was his favorite by saying, “Of all my books I like this the best”. It’s about a boy named David Copperfield and other characters are his mother, their servant Pegotty, Mr.Murdstone, Ham, Emily, Mrs.Gummidge, Mr.Pegotty, Mr.Creakle, Mr.Mell, Miss Murdstone, Mrs. Micawder, etc. And Agnes is also an important character, she is the wife of David.
Book review by: Antony Varghese, Class VIII A
Submitted on: 29.08.09

David’s mother marries Mr. Mudstone who is a cruel kind of person and brings his sister to their house. Both Mrs. Mudstone and Miss. Mudstone are harsh on the boy. They send him to a boarding school where he suffers a lot. He loses his mother and the Mudstones send him to work in a factory. He meets Mr.Micawber there and stays at his house. He runs away from the factory to meet his aunt Miss Betsy. He studies and practices law for a little time. It is a wonderful little book.
Reviewed by: Sai Bharath, 9-D

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