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Great Expectations (Graphic Novel) Paperback – January, 1990

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From Publishers Weekly

Returning to print after more than a decade, this first volume in the relaunch of the Classics Illustrated series presents a handsomely rendered adaptation of the orphaned Pip's first-person narrative of his journey from humble childhood to adulthood as an English gentleman. Though quite involving, this retelling of the Dickens classic registers as a fast forward version of the epic tale of one man's evolution and the hard lessons learned from it, but that aspect is a minor quibble shoved aside by Geary's charmingly cartoony art. Long hailed for his unique work in such diverse showcases as the New York Times, National Lampoon and his exceptional continuing series A Treasury of Victorian Murder, Geary's fleshy characterizations breathe a near-animated life into the classic tale. This pleasant graphic interpretation can serve as an introduction to Dickens for younger readers and perhaps eventually steer them to the wider world of the source material and beyond. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

Many baby boomers got their first taste of great literature from a Classics Illustrated comic. This volume in the relaunched line introduces readers to Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, the story of a young man’s search for acceptance after receiving riches from a mysterious benefactor. With a book as long as Dickens’ classic, it’s natural that the comic is text heavy, but even so, it’s astonishing how well adaptor and illustrator Geary hits the high points of the serpentine story. The art captures the drama (and don’t miss the beautiful endpapers), though for those who know the story, Miss Havisham is drawn more coarsely than one might wish. Use this as a gateway to the classic; it may also be the only chance some kids get to meet Dickens’ fascinating characters. Either way, readers will come away understanding why the story has endured. An updated profile of Geary, and a note from the editor of the original series complete the new harcover package. Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (January 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042512021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425120217
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed reading CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED #1: GREAT EXPECTATIONS adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic story of the same name.

It's basically a graphic novel and the story is adapted into a comic book form with illustrations in panels.

I never read the original work, so I don't know how much was edited out, but the story revolves around a poor boy named Pip who gets the chance to be educated and become a proper Gentleman, through the generous support of an anonymous donor. Things are not what they seem and there are plenty of surprises in the book, which teaches a lesson about not judging things on the outside.

I was going to deduct one-star because the typeface used is in ALL CAPS, which makes it hard to read, especially since the panels are rather small, but I felt that this was such a great idea, that'll get kids and adults reading the classics, that I decided it deserves the full five stars. However, I should warn you that I found my eyes straining while reading the book, so I can imagine if someone already has vision problems it'll be hard to read. Just have that magnifying glass nearby.

Otherwise, the all color book is a fresh spin on an old classic. BTW, there's a couple of preview pages from Classics Illustrated Deluxe #3: Frankenstein (Classics Illustrated Deluxe Graphic Novels), which I just ordered along with a pre-order of Classics Illustrated Deluxe #8: Oliver Twist, both of which have more pages than this book and I've now ordered.
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This is a really good adaptation of Dickens' fine novel into graphic form and Richard Geary has truly captured the heart of the story. In the beginning, I was slightly distracted by his style of illustrating but after a few pages he had me absorbed in one of my favorite Dickens novels. His editing has retained all the main points and dramatic contrasts of the original and it makes for a fine read.

I bought this book as gift for a young teen family member with a slight reading problem and she has read it twice. I suspect it will encourage her to read the original Dickens novel and for that Richard Geary has my thanks.
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I'm not sure I'm qualified to write this review, because I read Great Expectations as a teenager and really, really hated it. I'll simply note that I really enjoyed this edition of the work (it was even better than the original book, in my opinion). CI drew on direct quotations from Dickens to create an authentic summary of the text. I look forward to future CI novels.
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I'm working my way through Rick Geary's backlist and he wrote three books in this series. Great Expectations is one of, if not my most, favourite Dickens novel. First of all, every time I see Geary in full colour it is always a bit of a shock to the system as I just prefer him soooo much in b/w but just browsing through the book and you can recognize his signature style immediately. Adapting Dickens is no small feat and Geary pulls this off very well. He concentrates on Pip and his rise to gentleman status along with the events that directly effect that storyline. We have the convict, Miss Havisham, Joe, Herbert and Estella storylines played out while the other side stories have been omitted though many of the characters still make an appearance such as Biddy and Clara and her father. Geary has chosen to make the ending finite rather than leave us with the ambiguous original ending. This is the only part I wasn't pleased with and I'm inclined to believe it was an editorial decision because of the book's targeted young audience. Otherwise an enjoyable revisit with one of my favourite classics and I'm quite impressed with the quality of this book (presentation, paper, etc.) I may be inclined to read others in the series when I've finished the Geary ones; they have an interesting list.
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