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Great Expectations Mass Market Paperback – January, 1998

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This is a novelization of a screenplay loosely based on Charles Dickens's 19th-century coming-of-age drama. It's set in modern times, and it's less closely related to the old book than to the big-screen drama of the same name featuring bookish Hollywood heartthrob Ethan Hawke--star of Dead Poets Society and author of the novel The Hottest State--and Gwyneth Paltrow. Though the actors are not literally described, you can feel their star power lurking behind the workaday prose. The hero is a penniless modern artist named Bell who rises from Florida to the New York art world, where he courts a cool beauty named Estella (Paltrow).
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Product Details

  • Series: Great Expectations (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312963033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312963033
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,759,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I saw the movie and was captivated by it. The way it was filmed and especially the acting of the cast.I just had to live it again. Although the book isnt bad it fails to keep you captivated (in my humble opinion)like the movie did. I especially found irritating that Deborah Chiel had changed the name of one of the main characters.Although in the recent version of the film Pip is replaced by Fin - which aint all that bad a resemblence considering the story was set in a most recent time and we needed a more todays name- but the author found it necessary to even change that name and calling the charracter Jimmy or somehting. Anyway I have read more works by Deborah and frankly I expected more of her.In my opinion she failed to get the atmoshpere that was in the movie in her book.Still all in all it was readable.
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By A Customer on January 23, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With the movie now comming out in theatres, I was curious to read the modern day version of this classic tale. Now I am reading the Real McCoy by Dickens, but from reading the online reviews on the Dickens story I have conclued this: This version is not bad. It's not the classic story, but I think we all have come to "exspect" that from movies...I found that readers from the classic tale were themselves, were yearning for more Estella, well here YOU GET IT! She is throughout this book, and when she's not there, she's being thought of! The chracter's names have been changed (except Estella) and the story has been modernized, but I found this version to be "intriging", it's a quick read...(I read it in 2 nights), it's simple, and the chracters are well described. If you're looking for a light, interesting read, this may be for you, however if your looking for an easy way out of reading the real Great Exspectations for school, or if your a fan of Dickens and looking for this book to do his novel justice...YOU WON'T FIND IT HERE!
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First things first: this is *not* the novel "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. This is the novelization of the movie based on the book by Charles Dickens, a reworking of his famous novel set in the 1980s starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke, and directed by the fantabulous Alfonso Cuaron, who made "A Little Princess" such an exceptionally beautiful film and reinvigorated the Harry Potter franchise with his dark take of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". Though the "Great Expectations" movie was critically ill-received, and many Dickens-fans balked at the updating of the characters and time-period, I thoroughly enjoyed the film - though there were several flaws, it was based on a brilliant idea, was impeccably acted (and I'm not usually a big fan of either Paltrow or Hawke) and was visually beautiful in Cuaron's gorgeous cinematography and art direction, a hallmark of all his films.

Like most movies these days, distributors commissioned an adaptation of the film into book-form, a task given to Deborah Chiel who does an adequate, if not rather bland job. The story follows the basic storyline of Charles Dickens' novels; a young man aids an escaped convict, falls in love with a beautiful woman beyond his reach, comes into some money from a mysterious source and gets an inflated ego when he finds success in the big city. Here Jimmy Bell (called Pip in Dickens, and Finn in the movie - don't ask me why it was changed for a third time) is a young boy living on the coast of Florida, living with his aunt Maggie and uncle Joe (again there is another change as I believe the movie portrayed Maggie as his sister; Chiel writes her as his mother's sister).
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Read the modern day version of Charles Dicken's classic Great Expectations. This is one of my favorite books to read. I have read it to many times to count. If you like this book also try, A Walk in the Clouds, and the War which will have you in tears. They are all writen by Deborah Chiel.
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