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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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Great Expectations (1861)

by Charles Dickens

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    Bleak House by Charles Dickens (Booksloth)
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    Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: Mister Pip explores the reading and interpretation of Great Expectations in a late 20th century South Sea island culture in the midst of a civil war.
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    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Maiasaura)
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    The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde (Bcteagirl)
    Bcteagirl: Thursday Next is a Literary Detective who helps to keep people from changing plots in books, keep book characters from escaping etc. When she goes in for training, who should she be apprenticed to but Miss Havisham who is more than happy to get out of her dreary rooms once and a while. What larks!… (more)
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    Adam Bede by George Eliot (Bcteagirl)
    Bcteagirl: If you enjoyed the 'good hard working pastoral theme' of his uncle and their 'Larks' you may enjoy Adam Bede which has many of the same themes.
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    The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe (lucyknows)
    lucyknows: Great Expectations and Bonfire of the Vanities can be successfully tied together in that both the authors explore the themes of ostentation, ambition and morality
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    Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (Johanna11)
    Johanna11: Both books write about people with expectations for their future, both are very well written at the end of the nineteenth century.
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    Jack Maggs by Peter Carey (suzanney)
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    Page 1: Great Expectations - Seventy Graphic Solutions by Lucienne Roberts (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: Dozens of ways of seeing and reading the first page of Dickens' book.
  10. 20
    Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens (Booksloth)
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    The Princess Casamassima by Henry James (suniru)
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    An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch (JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: In der Einleitung zu "an unofficial rose" von Anthony D. Nuttall wird Dickens als Vergleich herangezogen: "An Unofficial Rose is indeed a surprisingly Dickensian novel, crowded, superabundant."
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    Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (krizia_lazaro)
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    Drood by Dan Simmons (caittilynn)
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This was my second Dickens book ever. As before, I was surprised that so much humanity, sass, and humor could be couched in such circuitous sentences. Though I anticipated the plot twists, I still enjoyed them. But I would like Dickens more if he wasn’t so goddamned antisemitic. Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone was back then. But I don’t find that a very good excuse given that so many of Dickens’s other sociological leanings were so modern for his time (on issues like child labor and classism). ( )
  sterlingfink | Sep 5, 2019 |
Second time reading this - the first was in high school. First published as a serial in a magazine, I can see how it would have been very popular. It has a little bit of everything in it - adventure, crime, coming-of-age, love gothic and humor! ( )
  estelle.siener | Aug 25, 2019 |
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  Alba26 | Aug 23, 2019 |
Great book. "You are part of my existence, part of myself. You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose..." Perfect. I think I've read it four times, but I'm sure I'll read it again. ( )
  StevenJohnTait | Jul 29, 2019 |
The story shows of a young boy's coming-of-age tale named Philip Pirrip or known merely as Pip. He wants and expects to raise his status in life since his sister (with whom he had conflicts with) and her good-natured husband, Joe Gargery, raised him as an orphan. He helps escape a convict called Abel Magwitch in a strange twist to his life. That convict would come later in life to Pip's help. You have to comprehend his view on life now, to understand Pip. To move up in life, he thinks he's around rich individuals. He also looks down on those who are not as rich (which would include himself), sadly the same for him.
Pip is then sent to live with a rich woman named Miss Havisham. She can be described as a dissatisfied bride-to-be literally left by her husband at the wedding. She is an excentric woman who still lives on her planned wedding day particularly in the past. There's a young orphan girl named Estella, together with Miss Havisham, who loves Pip later in his life. And the story goes on.
In the end, Instead of his great expectations, Pip's expectations came from his beliefs, and hope came from his humble and still strong beginnings. Pip learns that, particularly in his career, there is more to a people than his lot in life.
The tale is a excellent study of personality on a youth who learned about people and life as they experienced their expectations from unlikely and evident sources.

~Patrick Mahony ( )
  patrickmahony | Jul 22, 2019 |
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The idea of an innocent boy establishing unconsciously an immense influence over the mind of a hunted felon … haunted Dickens’s imagination until he gathered round it a whole new world of characters and incidents
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Dickens, Charlesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ardizzone, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bickford-Smith, CoralieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Calder, AngusEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cardwell, MargaretEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Threapleton, Mary M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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My father's family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.
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Neither were my notions of the theological positions to which my Catechism bound me, at all accurate; for, I have a lively remembrance that I supposed my declaration that I was to "walk in the same all the days of my life," laid me under an obligation always to go through the village from our house in one particular direction, and never to vary it by turning down by the wheelwright's or up by the mill.
...a money-box was kept on the kitchen mantel-shelf, in to which it was publicly made known that all my earnings were dropped. I have an impression that they were to be contributed eventually towards the liquidation of the National Debt, but I know I had no hope of any personal participation in the treasure.
Mr. Wopsle's great-aunt kept an evening school in the village; that is to say, she was a ridiculous old woman of limited means and unlimited infirmity, who used to go to sleep from six to seven every evening, in the society of youth who paid two pence per week each, for the improving opportunity of seeing her do it.
I had little objection to his being seen by Herbert or his father, for both of whom I had a respect; but I had the sharpest sensitiveness as to his being seen by Drummle, whom I held in contempt. So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.  (Chapter XXVII)
"Oh! I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in, I have no doubt," said Estella, "and of course if it ceased to beat I should cease to be. But you know what I mean. I have no softness there, no--sympathy--sentiment--nonsense."
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One of the finest novels by iconic British author Charles Dickens, this Victorian tale follows the good-natured orphan Pip as he makes his way through life. As a boy, Pip crosses paths with a convict named Magwitch, a man who will heavily influence Pip’s adulthood. Meanwhile, the earnest young man falls for the beautiful Estella, the adoptive daughter of the affluent and eccentric Miss Havisham. Widely considered to be Dickens's last great book, the story is steeped in romance and features the writer's familiar themes of crime, punishment, and societal struggle. 384
In what may be Dickens's best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of "great expectations." In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0141439564, Paperback)

An absorbing mystery as well as a morality tale, the story of Pip, a poor village lad, and his expectations of wealth is Dickens at his most deliciously readable. The cast of characters includes kindly Joe Gargery, the loyal convict Abel Magwitch and the haunting Miss Havisham. If you have heartstrings, count on them being tugged.

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An unknown benefactor supplies an orphaned blacksmith's apprentice with the means to be educated in London as a gentleman of "great expectations."

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