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Great Expectations (Sterling Unabridged Classics) Hardcover

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Sterling Unabridged Classics
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454901373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454901372
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsmouth, in Hampshire. The second of eight children, Dickens was pulled out of school at the age of 12 and forced to work at a local factory. In his early 20s he began to publish stories about London life in various periodicals, but it wasn't until the publication of The Pickwick Papers in 1836 that he became well known. Dickens is now considered the most successful British author of the Victorian age, having written such masterpieces as Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, and Oliver Twist.
Dr. Arthur Pober has spent more than 20 years in the fields of early childhood and gifted education. He is the former principal of one of the world's oldest laboratory schools for gifted youngsters, Hunter College Elementary School, and former Director of Magnet Schools for the Gifted and Talented in New York City. Arthur is currently the US representative to the European Institute for the Media and European Advertising Standards Alliance. He lives in New York City.
Scott McKowen has created award-winning posters and graphics for theater companies across Canada and the US--including on Broadway. His work has been exhibited in art galleries on both sides of the border, and in 2002 he curated an exhibition of theater posters from around the world that appeared in Stratford, Ontario, and Ottawa, and at the Design Exchange in Toronto. Scott was also commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to design Canada's 2001 silver dollar. He lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

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The first book I could find of Dickens was David Copperfield.
I love to read and was getting tired of stories that well, all finish before you got started.
robin caron
As a lover of history, this type of story is very compelling to me.
Michael Travis Jasper

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yvette Sheron Mingo on January 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Charles Dickens' classic "Great Expectations" is a captivating valentine's read. Dickens presents Pip, a young boy who encounters the wealthy, jilted Ms. Havisham. Ms. Havisham humiliates Pip and subjects him to the derision of the beautiful Estella. Pip is expected to become the apprentice of his blacksmith uncle. Nonetheless, Pip despises his common, underprivileged life and wishes to become a gentleman and marry the snobbish Estella. Dickens weaves a premise that purports love, turmoil, and growth. Romance is presented in a pricy and sometimes harsh or mirthful way that propels characters to resort to bazaar if not satisfying compromises. Dickens use of first person perspective gives Pip an accessible, authentic voice that allows readers to become intimate with Pip. There are copious amounts of humor and irony and Dickens' wit enables readers to see and experience his plot as it develops. Clever settings validate characters and add movement to Great Expectations with Pip's humble abode, Mr. Pumblechook's shop, Ms. Havisham's curious mansion with the unused brewery, and so forth. Readers can monitor Pip's acceptance and rejection of his "Great Expectations" as he bafflingly evolves into a gentleman. Great Expectations is fantastic and realistic with its poignant themes of love, loyalty, pain, brutality, and politics. Grab a mug of hot chocolate and a copy of Great Expectations for a memorable Valentine's day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheVictorian on December 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My Grandmother bought me an abridged version of Great Expectations when I was about nine, but I didn't crack the book till my teens, at which time my dad tried as sincerely as he could (without pushing) to encourage me to read it. I couldn't get past the first paragraph - to paraphrase: "My last name being Pirrip and my first Philip, all my young tongue could make of them was Pip..." It just seemed like waffle to me at that time - I was into Marvel Comics, Conan the Barbarian novels, the sci-fi of Heinlein, Anthony, Niven and Pournelle, the horror of Stephen King, and that first paragraph of Great Expectations just seemed like nonsense.

How wrong I was. How bitter I am that I never allowed myself to read just the next page, where Pip is grabbed by the convict Magwitch in the cemetery! How that would have grabbed me and pulled me in! And how I could have sat for long hours with my dad, who passed away many years ago now, and talked Dickens! I believe I might even have begun writing my own novels sooner had I discovered Dickens back then. How I would love to be able to go back and do those things, especially sit and talk Dickens with my dad.

I won't go into anything of the plot of Great Expectations, one should read it and see for themselves, but I'll describe how I finally discovered Dickens, and how I have recently finished reading that old abridged version of Great Expectations that my granny gave me over four decades ago.

I was living in Los Angeles at the time and was unemployed and filling my days by borrowing and reading books from the library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Travis Jasper on December 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
With some embarrassment, I must admit that Great Expectations is the first book by Charles Dickens that I have read. I enjoyed it very much. As a lover of history, this type of story is very compelling to me. This is the story of a very poor and uneducated boy being raised by his harsh sister and her kind husband. The boy known as Pip comes to the attention of some people with power and money, and unexpectedly begins to climb to a higher station in the world, having a number of adventures along the way. The author managed to surprise with a few twists in the plot. Not easily done, as I am an avid reader and connoisseur of stories. I recommend this book very much, and look forward to reading others of his classic works.
Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”
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