- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: Wisehouse Classics (April 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9176372375
- ISBN-13: 978-9176372371
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11,631 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,452,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Great Expectations (Wisehouse Classics - with the original Illustrations by John McLenan 1860)
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Charles Dickens is my second favorite author of Victorian fiction after my favorite author of all, George Eliot. I have never read a Dickens novel that I did not complete enjoy. As stated these novels were written for mass appeal and consumption in Victorian England. Charles Dickens published these novels in serial form in periodicals. He would attempt to assess the reception of his work with his readers and thus the novel may be revised before the next installment.
In general, Charles Dickens has a wry and ironic sense of humor. I find hm extremely humorous. His writing is, at times, sentimental, but again, I enjoy it, in doses. I always read Charles Dickens novels while simultaneously listening to a professional audiobook narration and did so with "Olivier Twist" and always find the professional narration adds to my reading experience.
I have read this novel twice. I must confess that the first time, I was oblivious to what may be viewed by today's standards as anti Semitic connotations. There is a character who is a criminal who is seemingly endlessly referred to as a "Jew". He seems to lack redeeming virtues. I do not believe in censorship of historical works. But be prepared to encounter these references.
In summary, Victorian Fiction will not appeal to every modern reader. However I find it very entertaining and works by Charles Dickens are an excellent example of it. Thank You...
It's not an easy book to read, and is not meant for children or the faint of heart, because it portrays some harsh events, many of which Dickens had experienced himself, or had personally investigated, and that is one of the main attractions of this book; It's real. You may read about child labour and the plight of the many orphaned children in Victorian England, but no history book will describe a workhouse, the inside of a prison, the starving dogs and hungry rats, the life of a pickpocket, a thief, a pimp, or a gang leader, a public hanging, or the cruelty of London slums, the way Dickens does.
Read it if you want to know what really happened, what the streets, people and life was like for Victorian Londoners.
I never tire of rereading it myself. Dramatic, yes, exaggerated, I doubt it, realistic, shockingly.
The plot is a page turner, and the characters come to life in every scene. We see their gestures, smell their ragged clothes and listen to their lies and truths.
I love Dickens' use of the English language. It may be wordy by contemporary standards, but it’s smoothly done. A real pleasure to read for anyone who loves the English language and wants to take a short trip to Victorian London.
A book to read once and reread all your life.
Although I usually read my paperback, this free kindle version makes it even easier to read. A big thank you to the volunteers who made this edition possible.
As a writer, I often read a random chapter or passage before I sit down to write. Dickens humbles me, but he also gives me great encouragement by showing me how the English language can convey so much using the right combination of words.
‘Capital!’ As Dickens would say.
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Good story that could have been written shorter.