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Great Expectations (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – Unabridged, August 1, 2001
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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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Sydney Carton is of course my favorite character,hands down. His transformation from the wine-addicted depressed young man to the noble savior is beautifully depicted, especially the eye-smarting speech he gave,or would've given according to Dickens, at the end. At last I can read A Little Princess and know what the Bastille is. At last I understand why the following words are some of the greatest in English literature:
" It is a far,far better thing that I do, than I have ever done;it is a far,far better rest that I go to,than I have ever known."
Dickens presents a world gone mad. There is no justice for the poor. They are abused and ill-treated by the aristocracy. When they finally have their revenge, they are like wild animals, and are completely consumed with their lust for blood.
In the midst of all this is a family that just wants to survive, and a man who is secretly in love. He pledges that he would do anything to see his love happy, and in the end, keeps his promise.
This is a beautiful story about the power of love, redemption, and the human spirit. Every word and every action has meaning. This is not a novel to be rushed; it is one to be savored and cherished.
English in college. It is a slightly difficult read for a 21st century reader, but not at all too difficult to understand and enjoy. It is largely a story about the unbelievable excesses of the French Revolution, told through the eyes of two French families and two English families. I am very glad I read it. Dickens' use of the English language is superb and unusual. His ability to keep the reader on the edge of his seat in suspense as to the final outcome is as good as any modern mystery writer. I heartily recommend it.
Much of the story is sad, and there are some parts that are downright heart-breaking. However, the recurring idea of this story is hope. Hope that lives through innocence. Oliver is faced with some horrifying circumstances, and all throughout, he maintains his innocence and good heart. In the end, his purity shines through and is ultimately rewarded.
This book looses a star because it seemed like Dickens would go off on tangents that had nothing to do with the main story. After a while, it would become distracting. This book lacked the concise story-telling of some of his other works.