Nowhere is Dickens’ anger at Victorian “political economy” more evident than in this stinging rebuke, and reader Martin Jarvis mitigates none of the sting. It’s evident in the unctuous voice of Fagan, the brutal voice of Bill Sykes, the pomposity of Mr. Bumble, the pleading of Nancy, but above all, in the innocent hope of Oliver himself. With his precise but subtle reading of the author’s irony, even when it occasionally lapses into sermons, Jarvis conveys to the reader all of Dickens’ stinging anger at Victorian hypocrisy. He brings all of this nasty world to life but does it in such a graceful and relaxed way that Dickens’ essential hope in the ultimate goodness of man and faith in the Victorian order are preserved intact. P.E.F. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPT 97]
Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers 1997
CD ISBN 978-0-7927-7023-7 $49.95 Fourteen CDs
DD ISBN 9780792770244 $29.95
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