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Great Expectations

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One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming-of-age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens' dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.



  • I had never read the classic story of Pip and his great expectations before, which is surprising since it seems like something my school should have assigned. Being a fan of Charles Dickens and having read many of his works, I decided to give it a go when the Literary Classics book club selected it for their May-June read. The characters in this book are incredibly well-developed and feel like real people. I found myself really connecting with Pip and his journey to make the right choices, even though he stumbles along the way, much like we all do in life. Estella and Miss Havisham evoked a sense of sympathy from me, as their pursuit of revenge ended up ruining their lives and almost destroying Estella's. But my favorite character, hands down, was Joe the blacksmith - he's one of the kindest and most genuine characters ever created by Dickens. I couldn't help but feel overjoyed when he had a happy ending. I listened to both endings of the book, and personally, I prefer the original one. It wraps up everyone's story except for Pip's and could have easily led to a sequel. I understand that his friend Edward Bulwer-Lytton asked him to write a happier ending, and that's the one most people are familiar with. But in this version, we were fortunate enough to experience both. Simon Prebble did an outstanding job bringing the various characters in this story to life with his exceptional characterizations. If you're a fan of Dickens, I highly recommend giving this book a read, whether it's your first time or a reunion with an old friend.
  • Wow, it's unbelievable how our education system imposes this book on high school students. My daughter was assigned to read it during her sophomore year of high school for her English class. I decided to get her the physical and Kindle versions, thinking I could read it alongside her. However, little did I know that I would have to endure it as well. I can't even begin to count the number of times I've thought to myself and others, "Wow, this book is terrible!" Making high school students suffer through this uninspiring content is a surefire way to turn them off from reading for a long time. Yes, the characters were well-developed, and I did have strong emotions towards them due to the skillful writing. However, the plot was monotonous, excessively long, and downright exhausting. If this is considered one of Dickens' better books, then I'm officially done with his works!