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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.
This is an excellent abridged version of this book. However, the type is extremely small. It's almost like trying to read a phone book! Read morePublished 4 days ago by dinerlynn
To borrow a word from the title, this is a Great Work. We are so obviously in the presence of a master story-teller. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mike B
Read it when I was young. Had forgotten everything except Miss Haversham's big old cake!! What a great read.Published 8 days ago by Kay Rumney Parry