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Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) Paperback – December 31, 2002
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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As much as I really enjoyed this book, I have to say, Pip is one of the most infuriating characters I've ever had the pleasure to read. I think, throughout the novel and my college class, we've all agreed that there are many moments where we'd like to punch Pip right in the teeth. There are moments where his misfortunes gave me sadistic pleasure and miniature triumphs.
I also find it interesting that this novel has alternate endings! When Dickens originally finished the novel, a friend(?) Edward Bulwer-Lytton had convinced Dickens that his original ending was too sad! (Indeed!) Therefor, Dickens rewrote the ending and thus we have TWO possible endings to Great Expectations.
Ironically, there is a contest sponsored by the English Department at the San Jose State University inspired by Bulwer-Lytton. The goal is to write the worst opening sentence imaginable. It is known, among fans of literature and writers, that Bulwer-Lytton's greatest achievement (or most notorious), is writing the worst opening sentence of any novel ever written. "It was a dark and stormy night."
Dickens, why would you take the advice on how to finish a novel from someone who can't even start off a novel?