Title: Oliver Twist or The Parish Boy's Progress
Author: Charles Dickens
Date of Publication: 1837
Other Notable Works: A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol
A short synopsis from Wikipedia: The story is about an orphan Oliver Twist, who escapes from a workhouse and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of theor unlawful activities.
Oliver Twist is my first Dickens. I am presently in chapter 5 and so far I find it dreadfully sad. I am not sure whether I will be able to read the whole book, because it is just upsetting to read about a person being treated the way that Oliver and the others in the workhouse are treated. But hey, we'll see how it goes.