this is most often the two novels I read before sleep. haha. the best wonderful story you know!
let's know what story inside the novel. .
OLIVER TWIST - Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist is born in a workhouse in a provincial town. His mother has been found very sick in the street, and she gives birth to Oliver just before she dies. Oliver is raised under the care of Mrs. Mann and the beadle Mr. Bumble in the workhouse. When it falls to Oliver’s lot to ask for more food on behalf of all the starving children in the workhouse, he is trashed, and then apprenticed to an undertaker, Mr. Sowerberry. Another apprentice of Mr. Sowerberry’s, Noah Claypole insults Oliver’s dead mother and the small and frail Oliver attacks him. However, Oliver is punished severely, and he runs away to London. Here he is picked up by Jack Dawkins or the Artful Dodger as he is called. The Artful Dodger is a member of the Jew Fagin’s gang of boys. Fagin has trained the boys to become pickpockets. The Artful Dodger takes Oliver to Fagin’s den in the London slums, and Oliver, who innocently does not understand that he is among criminals, becomes one of Fagin’s boys.
When Oliver is sent out with The Artful Dodger and another boy on a pickpocket expedition Oliver is so shocked when he realizes what is going on that he and not the two other boys are caught. Fortunately, the victim of the thieves, the old benevolent gentleman, Mr. Brownlow rescues Oliver from arrest and brings him to his house, where the housekeeper, Mrs. Bedwin nurses him back to life after he had fallen sick, and for the first time in his life he is happy.
However, with the help of the brutal murderer Bill Sikes and the prostitute Nancy Fagin kidnaps Oliver. Fagin is prompted to do this by the mysterious Mr. Monks. Oliver is taken along on a burglary expedition in the country. The thieves are discovered in the house of Mrs. Maylie and her adopted niece, Rose, and Oliver is shot and wounded. Sikes escapes. Rose and Mrs. Maylie nurse the wounded Oliver. When he tells them his story they believe him, and he settles with them. While living with Rose and Mrs. Maylie Oliver one day sees Fagin and Monks looking at him in through a window. Nancy discovers that Monks is plotting against Oliver for some reason, bribing Fagin to corrupt his innocence. Nancy also learns that there is some kind of connection between Rose and Oliver; but after having told Rose’s adviser and friend Dr. Losberne
Monks’ plot against Oliver is disclosed by Mr. Brownlow. Monks is Oliver’s half-brother seeking all of the inheritance for himself. Oliver’s father’s will states that he will leave money to Oliver on the condition that his reputation is clean. Oliver’s dead mother and Rose were sisters. Monks receives his share of the inheritance and goes away to America. He dies in prison there, and Oliver is adopted by Mr. Brownlow. about it on the steps of London Bridge, she is discovered by Noah Claypole, who in the meantime has become a member of Fagin’s gang, and Sykes murders her. On his frantic flight away from the crime Sykes accidentally and dramatically hangs himself. Fagin and the rest of the gang are arrested. Fagin is executed after Oliver has visited him in the condemned cell in Newgate Prison. The Artful Dodger is transported after a court scene in which he eloquently defends himself and his class.
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A PAINTED HOUSE - John Grisham
John Grisham's "A PAINTED HOUSE" is a story inspired by his own childhood in rural Arkansas. It is a moving story of one child's journey from innocence to experience. The scene is set in the year 1952 when television and telephones were quite rare and radio and letters were the only means of communication.
Luke Chandler, the protagonist of the story, is a 7-year-old boy who lives with his parents and grandparents in a house that has never been painted. He also has an uncle, Ricky, who is fighting a war in Korea. This uncle holds a very important role in the young boy's life, but in the novel his role is quite passive. We know about him from his letters and Luke's recollections. Ricky also gets a 15-year-old girl pregnant and miserable and does not tell his family about it. The Chandlers have only the house and 3 acres of land surrounding it as their own. They rent the remaining 80 acres of land for growing cotton. Each year when the cotton is ready they hire labor in the form of hill people and some Mexicans to help them harvest it. This year too they hire a truckload of Mexicans and a family from Ozarks to help them. This hired help plays a great role in the boy's transformation.
The Black Oak is a quiet county where everybody knows everybody else. Here marriages and funerals are big events and baseball is loved by all. The farmers are a hardworking lot and are eternally pessimistic. They are totally dependent on nature for farming. If the Big Lady smiles at them then they have a good year, but if she happens to be in a nasty mood then all their hard work goes to ruin. The farmers have seen so much bad weather in their lives that they are even afraid to hope. They are constantly worried about the erratic moods of Nature. All this has been quite realistically portrayed through the eyes of a seven-year-old.
At the beginning of the story we see Luke, a big football fan, lusting over a red Cardinal jacket. His parents pay him for harvesting the cotton, like all the other help. With the earned money he plans to buy the much-desired jacket, which he plans to wear everywhere, showing it off to his buddies. But by the end of the story we find Luke gaining unusual wisdom. He has matured beyond his age. Thus he foregoes the jacket and invests his money in buying paint for the house.
Luke has to shoulder a lot of secrets, much of which he unburdens on his family. He sees murder committed twice in just two months. He takes a peek at a young girl taking a bath. He sees a child being born. He notices the budding romance between Tally and the cowboy. He also gets to know about his uncle's affair and the illegitimate child.
Tally brings eroticism to the story. A pretty and moody 17-year-old girl, she is well aware of her influence on the opposite sex and is knows of the young boy's crush on her. She has a soft corner for him and includes him in some of her adventures. She is also quite protective towards Trott and buys paint for him from her earnings to fulfill his whim. By the end of the story she runs off with a cowboy in search of a better future.
The two villains in Luke's life are Hank and the cowboy. While the first one is a downright bully who gets into a brawl with anyone and everyone, the other looks like a professional murderer with his switchblade. They both commit a murder, which terrifies the young boy.
The final disaster comes in the form of a flood, which spoils the crop. However, it is actually a blessing in disguise for it gives him and his parents an opportunity to discard farming forever and switch to an urban life.
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