A Literary Odyssey. The third and final post will be posted on Feb. 28, 2010. I didn't think I would able to catch up since I've been really busy at school with University Week. Thankfully, I got to do some reading yesterday in between errands, and I finally caught up. So, boo yeah!
Anyway, Oliver Twist is turning out to be quite a quick read. There are some parts that drag, but it's like Dickens can read my mind. Every time I start getting bored, he comes up with a new plot twist, and I become interested again.
For example, Oliver was captured by Fagin and Co., and they locked up him up in a room. Things were getting monotonous, but then--tada!--Oliver becomes a pawn in a robbery.
Dickens is also amazing when it comes to crafting characters. As a novice writer, I'm learning a lot from him about making characters, even the minor ones, interesting. Seriously, his characters leap off the pages. They're all so well-rounded with clear motives. Mr. Bumble, for example, is a conceited church beadle, who reveres the Board more than God. However, he's also susceptible to the charms of a lonely window.
For me, the most interesting characters so far are Fagin and the Artful Dodger. I'm also itching to find out what this mysterious Monks fellow is up to, and what he has to do with Oliver's past. Oliver's new friends, Rose and her mysterious beginnings in particular, are quite interesting.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of the book.