- File Size: 1305 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Classics (June 3, 2003)
- Publication Date: June 3, 2003
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000QCS8YW
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Great Expectations Kindle Edition
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- Length: 268 pages
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GE is very, very Dickensian – it's peopled by a multitude of interesting folks: good guys who are very good, bad guys who are sort of a mixed bag, and a slew of intriguing characters, major and minor. In particular, the wildly inventive and bizarre Miss Havisham, all by herself, makes reading this book worthwhile.
The bottom line for me is that Great Expectations is a tale told in first person by Pip, and I really couldn’t quite bring myself to like him. I kept thinking he deserved all the bad things that happened to him, and none of the good things. The novel also appears to make a point that is a little disturbing, that one should be careful what one wishes for, because you might be better off accepting one’s lot in life. Clearly, in this case at least, fulfillment of great expectations does not lead to a better life.
While it’s sublimely well written, as one would expect from a Grand Master of the English language, Great Expectations is not my favorite Dickens. That remains a tie between David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities.
A part of my personal "Classics I Should Have Read But Didn't" series, I listened to most of Great Expectations as opposed to reading it, the Audible.com version read by Simon Prebble. As usual, Prebble's narration is superb.
The characters in this book are well drawn and very believable. I loved Pip and identified with him as he tries to do what he thinks is right but makes several wrong turns in his life as I think we all do. I felt sorry for Estella and Miss Havisham. She destroyed her own life in her quest for revenge and nearly destroyed Estella’s. My favorite character was Joe the blacksmith, the kindest and truest character ever written by Charles Dickens. I was so happy he came to wonderful end.
I listened to both endings of the book, and I have to say I prefer his original as it finishes everyone’s story but Pip’s and could have been made into a sequel. I understand his friend Edward Bulwer-Lytton asked him to write a happier ending and that is the one most people know. In this version we were treated to both.
Simon Prebble did a wonderful job with his characterizations on the different people in this story.
If you love Dickens than I would highly recommend you read this for the first time or again as a welcoming friend.
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