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Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

By Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell, David Trotter (Introduction by) & Charlotte Mitchell (Contributor)
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Pages   560
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.68" Width: 5.06" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2002
Publisher   Penguin Classics
Age  18
ISBN  0141439564  
EAN  9780141439563  
UPC  051488008002  

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Item Description...
A young orphan, Pip, receives a fortune from a mysterious benefactor and travels to London in order to become a gentleman

Publishers Description

The orphan Pip's terrifying encounter with an escaped convict on the Kent marshes, and his mysterious summons to the house of Miss Havisham and her cold, beautiful ward Estella, form the prelude to his "great expectations." How Pip comes into a fortune, what he does with it, and what he discovers through his secret benefactor are the ingredients of his struggle for moral redemption.

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More About Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell, David Trotter & Charlotte Mitchell

Charles Dickens After a childhood blighted by poverty, commercial success came early to Charles Dickens (1812-70). By the age of 24, he was an international sensation whose new novels were eagerly anticipated. Two centuries later, Dickens' popularity endures as readers revel in the warm humanity and rollicking humor of his tales of self-discovery.

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870.

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A Novel of tears as well as laughter. An enjoyable classic.  May 18, 2008
Great Expectations is one of Dickens's later novels, a work of his artistic maturity. The narrative is symbolic rather than realistic. Although, as in most of Dickens and in Victorian literature in general, the plot relies heavily on coincidence, it is acceptable here because the events are true to the internal, psychological, logic of the story.

Great Expectations tells the story of Pip, a boy who starts as an orphan who moves on to apprenticeship in the business world of nineteenth-century England. Along the way, he falls in love with a girl from a wealthy family, and gains a mysterious patron.
The book is heavy on character development and descriptive detail, but relatively light on action and suspense. The orphan Pip, the convict Magwitch, the beautiful Estella and her guardian, the embittered and vengeful Miss Havisham, the master lawyer Mr. Jaggers and Wemmick his secretive assistant - all play their part in this story which is a memoir, a mystery, and a romance.
Great Expectations never loses sight of the social mishaps of the time and is often on the teacher's list in literature classics. Most people who read it will like it and will be able to identify with the characters, but impatient readers will drown in the details, extended descriptions and explanations, and deep characterizations.

Expectations Greatly Exceeded  Apr 21, 2008
Who knew that a book written almost 150 years ago could be so great? Not me. Granted, part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much was because I had expected it not to be (A Tale of Two Cities is still collecting dust on my bookshelf). The writing is flawless; characters, wonderfully varied; and plot, save an occasional feeling of contrivance at the almost uncanny character interconnections, spectacular.

Pip, an orphan, lives with his 20 plus years older sister Georgiana "Mrs. Joe" Gargery, an unhappy woman who "rampages" on him and her blacksmith husband Joe, a simple, kind man. During an unexpected encounter with a shackled escaped convict, he is coerced into helping the man to prevent bodily injury to himself. It's not the last the boy will see of him. Pip is later asked to visit an eccentric woman (having been left at the altar by a scheming fiancé), where he encounters the beautiful but cold Estella, a future love interest, and several other central characters. Eventually an anonymous donor provides monetary help to Pip hoping that it will facilitate his becoming a gentleman and a scholar. But as his financial situation changes from meager but adequate to one of relative wealth, his personality transforms from kindhearted and unpretentious to inconsiderate and snobbish. Only through the adversity that follows his attempt to fulfill the expectations of his benefactor does Pip learn some important life lessons.

Also good, Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones (wish I hadn't read it before GE), An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
Expect Great Things  Apr 14, 2008
I agonized through this book in HS and have recently breezed through it. About 30 years have passed in between.
What I was most struck by in my second reading was how relevant the story was to our own times. Child abuse and emotionally damaging relationships, celebrity lawyers, prison reform, the dangers of easy credit, how easily a person can dispose of their past identity. Dickens wrote about this 140+ years ago but he could have been writing about the present day. Yes, a reader has to warm up to the 19th century language, but once that happens, the characters and their emotions are so authentic and fully developed. I found myself so annoyed at Pip in the middle of the novel, I almost put it down. How could I possibly care about such an obnoxious young man. But I did care and cared more and more deeply as the book wound down. Pip's transformation was convincing because the reader sees how it occurs in small increments. In the end I took a deep breath and thought to myself, well, Pip, you finally grew up. It may not be the best book to force teenagers to read, but I hope mature readers will take it up and find the treasures inside.
Enjoyably Obvious  Mar 21, 2008
Dickens is the most obvious of writers. All of his novels are to various extents semi autobiographical. All are loaded with funny named people who, aside from the main characters, are caricatures rather than humans who think and feel with any semblance of subtlety or complexity. All are deeply concerned with social injustice and class struggle. Most are filled with plot twists, and almost all are very enjoyable reads. Dickens is nothing if not a master storyteller who loves to manipulate the emotions of his reading public. It is no wonder he is the most popular author of the Victorian age, and maybe second only to Shakespeare in the history of English literature.

Great Expectations, along with David Copperfield are my 2 favorite Dickens novels, probably because they both have more overtly autobiographical elements than his other works. The story of Pip.. of his rise and fall, and ultimate redemption, gives us a clear window into the heart and mind of Dickens himself. The story itself held my interest from beginning to end, had important themes to explore, and despite it's lack of introspection in examining personality issues, made you care about the main characters. I don't think it's great literary art, but I do think it's a great novel.
Marvellous  Mar 10, 2008
You just have to read it. I can't beleive that this book was actually written 200 years ago. A tremendous story. Can't wait to read my next Charles Dickens book

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