- Series: Dover Thrift Editions
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (December 31, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486406512
- ISBN-13: 978-0486406510
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11,626 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It was the time of the French Revolutiona time of great change and great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens' great story of unsurpassed adventure and courage unfolds.
Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, and safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it though, the pair are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young FrenchmanCharles Darnayfalsely accused of treason. Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom, the dissolute lawyer's clerk Sydney Carton. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once. Brilliantly plotted, the novel is rich in drama, romance, and heroics that culminate in a daring prison escape in the shadow of the guillotine.
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It is basically a story of a young orphan boy, named Pip, coming of age in the mid- 19th century. It is a life full of characters both good, bad and in between. The main thrust though is how theses characters all affect young Pip's beliefs; fears and... great expectations. As he grows he finds that many are not what he originally thought them to be. However, they are what they are. The story is about how Pip learns to deal with them and life's twist and turns.
It is really a good book. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It is tough to read in a few spots but you can still get the context and keep the story moving along. I highly recommend this book, but you will have to decide if you are old enough to appreciate it. Just don't wait too long...
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...
“No space of regret can make amends for one life‘s opportunities misused!” —Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
“It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when it’s mighty Founder was a child himself.” —Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
“As Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!” —Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review. Many thanks for this opportunity!