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Great Expectations Paperback – November 6, 2018
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- Lexile measure : 800
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Paperback : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503275183
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503275188
- Dimensions : 6.69 x 0.64 x 9.61 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2018)
- Language: : English
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Great plot, steady pacing, developed characters you end up feeling for. And it all happens in a way that you don't realize until a plot twist. Extremely well done book.
This audio book gives justice to the greatness of the novel. It's extremely well read and it's a pleasure to hear. A total of 18 hours that are 18 hours of sheer pleasure.
I am happy I stuck with it. It still felt wordy to me at times, but I enjoyed relaxing and taking in the old language. I found Mr. Dickens' writing to be rich, in a way any era might respect, if using an open mind. I chuckled a hundred times, wept a few, and cheered as well. I loved its protagonists and despised its villains. It is a masterpiece for a reason. Dickens draws a character without fear or shyness of overindulgence. His people can seem almost caricatures visually... but in a most believable way per substance.
Pip's mistakes, I found, mirrored some of my own and in this way I see that time does march on even as we humans remain, well, imperfectly human. The story actually felt comforting to me. The very last paragraph left me wondering in a way that did feel like just a little bit of a letdown... but all in all I feel my time reading was truly well invested. A pleasure.
I am sure this book is very well written, but next time I see a Dickens book, I will pass. There are so many great books around, where I am able to appreciate both writing and plot, I will rather search for those - but of course, this is just my personal preference, does not take away from Dickens' talent and greatness.
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The old language (and spelling) made for a difficult reading experience, and I almost decided to give up on reading to the end. However, having now finished, I'm glad that I did as it was an interesting story, the likes of which are not too often found these days - and it's probably given me more of an appreciation of Dickens' works as a result.
As Dickens goes this is fairly lightweight and accessible - sure the sentences are long and a bit old-fashioned, but savour them and go at a relaxed pace and the wonderful evocation of place and people of Victorian Britain will surely draw you in unless you have a heart of stone. As you might expect from Dickens the book is tightly and cunningly plotted, with great characterisation and plot twists that will catch out the inattentive reader, but there's also a vein of humour and gentle fun in the people you meet. And you could bump into rogues, lovers and heroes like them today, so accurate is Dickens insight into human nature.
You can read it as a tale of the adventures of a young man growing up or, perhaps on second reading, you might interpret it as a satire on class and the power of money in society, with Dickens putting his own views into the mouths of the main protagonists. Either way, give it and yourself some time and I think you will thoroughly enjoy a classic story.
I eventually downloaded this high quality Kindle version after making a decision to read "The Classics" and I have just finished reading this evocative, beautiful and very absorbing tale. I cannot believe that I waited so long.
The story follows Pip, a country boy who after being exposed to the higher echelons of society through meeting the eccentric Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella, wants to become an educated gentleman and slowly becomes resentful at his crude ways.
The characters that Pip encounters through his journey, from Wemmick to Magwitch, are crafted so believably and they are so detailed that you cannot help but visualise the scenes as they unfold. Miss Havisham caused me to feel such a mix of sympathy and dislike; her mental torture at being jilted is so stifling and destructive to those around her. She is so vividly portrayed and despite the outlandish idea of a woman stuck at the moment of her abandonment, it is a beautifully sad and haunting portrait.
Some parts I felt dragged slightly, for example with Mr Wopsle and his less than stellar acting. I found my brain skimming over this section however well written it may have been. Dickens has, in my opinion, a tendency to over write at times and whilst his characters are crafted so well, his focus drifts from the plot into exploring periphery characters that can dilute the course of the story.
This is such a wonderful book and it is so worth a read, even if you already know the story as I did, through television adaptations. There is so much more in the novel that is left out of most film or television versions and it is a delight to really explore the world that Pip inhabits.
By my unassisted self
The bad habit of living
When my baby intelligence was receiving the first distortions from my parents' wasting hands
What wind blows you here?
If I had turned myself upside down before drinking the wine could not have gone more direct to my head
Throughout life our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we despise the most
When he subsides into affection he calls me Pip and when he relapses into politeness he calls me Sir
May I ask you a question?
Yes and I may decline to answer it. Put your question.
I never told you.
You have never told me when you have got your haircut but I have had the senses to perceive it
You hit the nail on the head
Moths and all sorts of ugly creatures hover about a lighted candle
At last the old woman and the niece came in - the latter with a head not easily distinguishable from her dusty broom
What can you do?
I can eat and drink... if you'll find the materials.
They may be of the same blood but, believe me, they are not of the same nature