Great Expectations

Dickens, Charles

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Great Expectations
One of Charles Dickens's most fascinating novels, Great Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman. From young Pip's first terrifying encounter with the convict Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid set pieces in Miss Havisham's mansion to the magnificently realized boat chase down the Thames, the novel is filled with the transcendent excitement that Dickens could so abundantly provide. Written in 1860 at the height of his maturity, it also reveals the novelist's bittersweet understanding of the extent to which our deepest moral dilemmas are born of our own obsessions and illusions.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Vintage Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780307947161
Characteristics: 452 p. ;,21 cm.


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Oct 08, 2014
  • KISSfan1969 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this more towards the end. I thought I knew what was going to happen only to find the end leaving much of the story up in the air.

Jul 29, 2014

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: Escaped convicts, an abandoned bride, a poor blacksmith, a striking sullen girl and mysterious wealth give the naive Pip lessons in love, loyalty and humility."

Apr 16, 2014
  • TSUKUANYANG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Challenging dialogue but an amazing book. I recommend to anyone who can read well enough (or can still read, for that matter). Like Lego creation sets 5-99 years...

Jun 26, 2013

Its my first time reading this, and from the comments, people say that it is good. I have to read it for my summer assignment, and i guess i might end up enjoying it!

Apr 23, 2013
  • joliebergman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my very favorite books - ever.

Feb 05, 2013
  • trcookIIImddmd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Terrific tale told in classic form.

May 16, 2012
  • Dreneen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Rereading for the first time since high school--very long ago. Love the way the man wrote! Will need to try some I missed

Jan 30, 2012

This book was not bad - there was a lot of plot twists and a great coming-of-age story but I couldn't enjoy the characters. Pushed to the ends of the moral spectrum, it was hard to find some of them believable but for the most part, this is a good classic to read.

Jan 27, 2012

Awesome book!

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Mar 31, 2011
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

a story about a boy and how he grows up in a small village and the people around him and how it changes through a unnamed benefactor which is revealed much later in the story and his love to Estella throughout the years. I enjoyed it.

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Apr 16, 2014
  • TSUKUANYANG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

TSUKUANYANG thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

Jun 04, 2013
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Jan 12, 2009
  • vickiz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Mother by adoption," retorted Estella, never departing from the easy grace of her attitude, never raising her voice as the other did, never yielding either to anger or tenderness, "Mother by adoption, I have said that I owe everything to you. All I possess is freely yours. All that you have given me, is at your command to have again. Beyond that, I have nothing. And if you ask me to give you what you never gave me, my gratitude and duty cannot do impossibilities."

Dec 06, 2007
  • Hadley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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