Round the Twist - Netflix
From the hilarious mind of author Paul Jennings comes the off-the-wall adventures of the Twist family – Tony, Pete, Linda and Bronson – who leave the comforts of the big smoke to live in an old lighthouse in the rugged sea-side village of Port Niranda. But all is not as it seems, and strange things are starting to happen...
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Round the Twist - Oliver Twist - Netflix
Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress is author Charles Dickens's second novel, and was first published as a serial 1837–39. The story centres on orphan Oliver Twist, born in a workhouse and sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker. After escaping, Twist travels to London, where he meets “The Artful Dodger”, a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by the elderly criminal, Fagin. Oliver Twist is notable for its unromantic portrayal by Dickens of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as for exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid-19th century. The alternative title, The Parish Boy's Progress, alludes to Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, as well as the 18th-century caricature series by William Hogarth, A Rake's Progress and A Harlot's Progress. In this early example of the social novel, Dickens satirises the hypocrisies of his time, including child labour, the recruitment of children as criminals, and the presence of street children. The novel may have been inspired by the story of Robert Blincoe, an orphan whose account of working as a child labourer in a cotton mill was widely read in the 1830s. It is likely that Dickens's own youthful experiences contributed as well. Oliver Twist has been the subject of numerous adaptations for various media, including a highly successful musical play, Oliver!, and the multiple Academy Award-winning 1968 motion picture. Disney also put its spin on the novel with the animated film called Oliver & Company in 1988.
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The novel was originally published in monthly instalments in the magazine Bentley's Miscellany, from February 1837 to April 1839. It was originally intended to form part of Dickens's serial, The Mudfog Papers. George Cruikshank provided one steel etching per month to illustrate each instalment. The novel first appeared in book form six months before the initial serialisation was completed, in three volumes published by Richard Bentley, the owner of Bentley's Miscellany, under the author's pseudonym, “Boz”. It included 24 steel-engraved plates by Cruikshank. The first edition was titled: Oliver Twist, or, The Parish Boy's Progress.
Serial publication dates: I – February 1837 (chapters 1–2) II – March 1837 (chapters 3–4) III – April 1837 (chapters 5–6) IV – May 1837 (chapters 7–8) V – July 1837 (chapters 9-11) VI – August 1837 (chapters 12–13) VII – September 1837 (chapters 14–15) VIII – November 1837 (chapters 16–17) IX – December 1837 (chapters 18–19) X – January 1838 (chapters 20–22) XI – February 1838 (chapters 23–25) XII – March 1838 (chapters 26–27) XIII – April 1838 (chapters 28–30) XIV – May 1838 (chapters 31–32) XV – June 1838 (chapters 33–34) XVI – July 1838 (chapters 35–37) XVII – August 1838 (chapters 38-part of 39) XVIII – October 1838 (conclusion of chapter 39–41) XIX – November 1838 (chapters 42–43) XX – December 1838 (chapters 44–46) XXI – January 1839 (chapters 47–49) XXII – February 1839 (chapter 50) XXIII – March 1839 (chapter 51) XXIV – April 1839 (chapters 52–53)
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