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By Charles Dickens

Penguin Classics e-books provide the very best versions of Charles Dickens's novels, together with the entire unique illustrations, priceless and informative introductions, the definitive, exact textual content because it used to be intended to be released, a chronology of Dickens's lifestyles and notes that fill within the heritage to the ebook. This Penguin Classics version of Oliver Twist additionally incorporates a word list of Victorian thieves' slang and a map of latest London.

The tale of the orphan Oliver, who runs clear of the workhouse in basic terms to be taken in by way of a den of thieves, stunned readers whilst it was once first released. Dickens's story of early life innocence beset through evil depicts the darkish felony underworld of a London peopled by means of brilliant and remarkable characters - the arch-villain Fagin, the crafty Dodger, the menacing invoice Sikes and the prostitute Nancy. Combining parts of Gothic Romance, the Newgate Novel and well known melodrama, Dickens created a completely new type of fiction, scathing in its indictment of a merciless society, and pervaded via an unforgettable feel of chance and secret.

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Although it is missing at the beginning of the Arabic text from which this translation has been made, the manuscript from which Antoine Galland made his translation opens with an address to the reader. The first part runs: Praise be to God, the Beneficent King, the creator of the world and man, who raised the heavens without pillars and spread out the earth as a place of rest and erected the mountains as props and made the water flow from the hard rock and destroyed the race of Thamud, ‘Ad and Pharaoh of the vast domain… Thamud was the name of a pagan people who dwelt in north-western Arabia and rejected the call of Allah’s prophet Salih to repent and turn to monotheism, and who were consequently destroyed in an earthquake.

Corpses rise to the surface of the sea, While it is in its depths that pearls lie hid. It may be that Time will mishandle us, Subjecting us to constant harm. Though in the heavens there are countless stars, Only the sun and moon suffer eclipse. There are both green and dry boughs on the earth, But we throw stones only at those with fruit. You think well of the days when they are fine, So do not fear the evil that fate brings. ’ ‘‘Ifrit,’ the merchant said, ‘I am a wealthy man, with a wife and children; I have debts and I hold deposits, so let me go home and give everyone their due before returning to you at the start of the new year.

He mounts the horse and whips it into action. The magic horse flies him to the roof of another palace and, as the dervish dismounts, the horse lashes out with its tail, striking out his right eye. The dervish finds that he has been brought back to the palace of the ten one-eyed men. His story has been a warning to the curious. It is as if the storyteller is teasing the audience, saying to them: ‘Beware. ’ Also, perhaps, the interdiction ‘Whatever you do, do not do this’ acts as a kind of dam, slowing the narrative stream of the plot.

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