‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens
A book I read recently and enjoyed was ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens. It is a classic romance set in pre-industrialised rural England.
Type of book: romance, thriller, drama, crime, horror, science fiction, classic, contemporary (=modern)
Historical Setting (when):
At the turn of the last century
Before/after the First World War
In the twenty-third century
Before/after the revolution
In pre-historic times
In the early 1800’s
In the late 50’s
Geographical setting (where):
In rural France
In suburban New York
In the suburbs of Cairo
On a remote/desert island
On a distant planet/star
In the foothills of the Himalayas
‘(Title of book)’ by (author)
A book I read recently and enjoyed was ‘(title)’ by (author). It is a (type of book) set in (historical and geographical setting).
Paragraph 1: The storyline
Do not tell the story.
In one sentence, focus on the difference in the situation between the beginning and the end of the story.
The novel traces/outlines/sketches/follows the life of (character), a (define), who …
Paragraph 2: The characters
The novel contains a variety of well-drawn characters, such as Tom, the stable boy who shows that moral values and compassion are more important than social position, and William, whose imagination and free spirit often cause tension between him and his traditionally-minded father.
Begin with a general statement about the characters.
There are many well-drawn/convincing/strong characters, such as (character’s name), a (character’s occupation/age/personality/role played), who … and … (repeat for another character).
Describe one character in more detail:
By far the most appealing to me, though, was (character’s name) because … The character that made the biggest impression on me was (name) because … By far the most interesting character to me, though, was (name) because … The character I most admired, however, was (name) because …
… I was able to identify with him, especially the way he felt when/about … … I admire the way he dealt with the situation when … … he represents/symbolizes/stands for justice/freedom/compassion.
Remember – the person who will read your review may not have read the book. Try not to include too many characters as it will get confusing. Try not to refer to earlier events that the reader does not know about.
One of the most memorable moments in the novel was when …
One of the incidents I shall never forget was when …
One of the events that made a lasting impression on me was when … I think one of the best parts in the book is when …
Paragraph 4: Recommendation
Give your overall opinion of the book and support your opinion. Who is the book suitable for?
Anyone with a taste for adventure would certainly enjoy the fast moving action of (book title).
The use of imagination in this novel would definitely …
… appeal to a wide range of ages.
… cross the age barrier.
… close the generation gap.
The description of rural settings and the weaving of complicated relationships make this novel a must for all romantics.
I liked the book.
It was a nice book.
You should read the book.
I think you will like this book.
The triumph of good over evil.
The power of love.
The importance of friendship.
Happiness cannot be found through wealth alone.
The mystery of life.
This novel, as with all classics, has a message of relevance today.