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Great Expectations (A Norton Critical Edition) Paperback – January 17, 1999
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An absorbing mystery as well as a morality tale, the story of Pip, a poor village lad, and his expectations of wealth is Dickens at his most deliciously readable. The cast of characters includes kindly Joe Gargery, the loyal convict Abel Magwitch and the haunting Miss Havisham. If you have heartstrings, count on them being tugged.
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Grade 7 Up—A young man's burning desire to fulfill his "great expectations" of fame and fortune is presented in Charles Dickens's classic tale of love, madness, forgiveness, and redemption. Simon Vance's masterful narration brings to life such diverse personalities as Miss Havisham, the old woman who was abandoned on her wedding day and is determined to wreak revenge through her beautiful adopted daughter Estella; Joe, Pip's lumbering and slow-witted, but emotionally wise and faithful friend; the mysterious Magwitch, a convict who turns out to be Pip's financial benefactor; and Pip, the boy who longs for a destiny greater than that of living out his days as a blacksmith's apprentice. The companion ebook features automatic start-up, keyword searching, PDF printable format, and table of contents. An exceptionally skilled rendering of this classic.—Cindy Lombardo, Cleveland Public Library, OH
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I hope Amazon will publish the rest of Dickens' works as serials. They really are better this way.
"After musing for some minutes the old man walked, with the same meditative face, into a back anteroom opening from the yard; and there, retiring to a corner, called up before his mind's eye a vast amphitheatre of faces over which a dusky curtain had hung for many years."
"He wandered over them again. He had called them into view, and it was not easy to replace the shroud that had so long concealed them. There were faces of friends, and foes, and of many that had been almost strangers peering intrusively from the crowd; there were faces of young and blooming girls that were now old women; there were faces that the grave had changed and closed upon, but which the mind, superior to its power, still dressed in thier old freshness and beauty, calling back the lustre of the eyes, the brightness of the smile, the beaming of the soul through its mask of clay, and whispering of beauty beyond the tomb, changed but to be heightened, and taken from earth only to be set up as a light, to shed a soft and gentle glow upon the path to Heaven."
Reunited in the Communion of Saints.
Thank goodness for Sydney Carton, the hero of the story. His opportunity to find God and redeem what had been a wasted life, to sacrifice himself for his good friend and for the one he clearly was in love with, and then to help a fellow innocent prisoner meet her fate with peace and faith (and who gave him, in his last moments, what his good friend Charles had with Lucy) is what made the book one the best I've ever read.
I highly recommend this book, but encourage you to be patient. It takes awhile to get rolling.