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Great Expectations (original 1861; edition 1998)

by Charles Dickens, Graham Law, Adrian Pinnington

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Member:Noellwe
Title:Great Expectations
Authors:Charles Dickens
Other authors:Graham Law, Adrian Pinnington
Info:Broadview Press (1998), Edition: 1, Paperback, 656 pages
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)

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Oh I really couldn't relate to this book at the time. Required reading in school.
I was not cooperative in getting into it really. Can't say i gave i t any fair shot. ( )
  Bruce_Deming | Feb 5, 2016 |
Dickens needs to be consumed in whole big gasps so that one can appreciate the whole big story complete with his innumerable minute details. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - ok

Listed in the BBC's Bigread top 100 http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml

Listed in the 1001 books you must read before you die http://www.listology.com/list/1001-books-you-must-read-you-die

Listed in The Guardian's 1000 best novels http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction

Listed in the BBC Meme: How Many of These 100 Books Have YOU Read? http://www.librarything.com/topic/61828

Oh dear, what can I say about this. I read it purely because it was listed in all the above & I feel my knowledge of the literary classics is sadly lacking. I really should have picked something different. I struggled to read it, it was just so drawn out & complicated and the silly names and dialect really annoyed me. Then I read somewhere that it was really just an early 'soap opera' and had been a serial in a
newspaper. Once I treated it like that & just read a chapter at a time, it was a lot easier. Having said that it took me One day short of Eighteen months to read it. Unheard of! That I stuck with it, I suppose means that it was worth reading, but I'll be giving Mr Dickens a wide berth for sometime after this.

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  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
I haven't read this book since I was a teen, so I wasn't sure what it would be like so many years later.
I was completely impressed by Dickens' descriptive power and the story. I remembered the broad details, but it was almost like reading a new story.
A bit of Victorian sentimentality in places, but a pleasure to read.
The narrator, Simon Prebble, was absolutely suburb. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
A look into the life of Pip an orphan boy. The book begins with him helping a convict and then moves to him visiting Miss Havisham. Eventually a mysterious benefactor wants him to become a gentleman and he moves to London. A very good book though slow moving at times. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Jan 15, 2016 |
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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
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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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Great Expectations is at once a superbly constructed novel of spellbinding mastery and a profound examination of moral values. Here, some of Dickens's most memorable characters come to play their part in a story whose title itself reflects the deep irony that shaped Dickens's searching reappraisal of the Victorian middle class.… (more)

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