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I had never thought of being ashamed of my hands before; but I began to consider them a very indifferent pair. Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it.It is an infection that Pip never quite recovers from; as he spends more time with Miss Havisham and the tantalizing Estella, he becomes more and more discontented with his guardian, the kindhearted blacksmith, Joe, and his childhood friend Biddy. When, after several years, Pip becomes the heir of an unknown benefactor, he leaps at the chance to leave his home and friends behind to go to London and become a gentleman. But having expectations, as Pip soon learns, is a two-edged sword, and nothing is as he thought it would be. Like that other "little piece," A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations is different from the usual Dickensian fare: the story is dark, almost surreal at times, and you'll find few of the author's patented comic characters and no comic set pieces. And yet this is arguably the most compelling of Dickens's novels for, unlike David Copperfield or Martin Chuzzlewit, the reader can never be sure that things will work out for Pip. Even Dickens apparently had his doubts--he wrote two endings for this novel. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Loved the book. Unexpectedly funny. Pip has enough heart to keep you on the side of the protagonist throughout the novel.Published 3 days ago
Has summaries of all the chapters which is very useful. Great if you have to read the book and write a report about.Published 4 days ago by go2turbo
One of the best books I have ever read...so I just re-read it. There are surprises in the book that I already knew about this time round. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful introduction (to me) of Dickens. This guy will go far!Published 17 days ago by Duncan Murtagh