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Great Expectations (book)

192 Ratings: 2.8
novel by Charles Dickens

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Author: Charles Dickens
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Modern Library
Date Published: February 13, 2001
37 reviews about Great Expectations (book)
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Dickens' best.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
reccomended for any Dickens fan.
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Boring, depressing and maddening. Put this book down!
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
I am just barely over half-way through my unabridged version and I love it! Charles' wit never ceases to amuse me!
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
So much better when I read it in college than when I read it in high school. It's so funny!
review by . August 19, 2007
Each time that I read Great Expectations I'm left wondering whether or not Pip would have been happier if he had never been made the gift of "great expectations." More importantly, would he have been a better man if he had remained apprenticed to his blacksmith brother-in-law Joe rather than having been sent to London to be trained in the ways of a gentleman?    Great Expectations is a Dickens cautionary tale in which the author warns his readers of what can so easily happen …
review by . February 02, 2007
Great works of English literature from the 1700s and 1800s shared one thing in common; twists and turns in the plot lines that are never fully exposed until the last lines of the book. Chief among these twists are reversals of fortune both good and bad. So goes this work of literature. Though read by many as children, I would consider it more worthy of young adults, as the text can be quite boring for anyone below their teens. Basically, the plot revolves around Pip, a boy who grows up poor in the …
review by . June 07, 2006
"Great Expectations" is a thoroughly engaging novel. We find a set of interweaving story lines that rival today's best movies ('Crash' comes to mind. Sorry! I digress, already.) Anyway, as usual, the protagonist and narrator, Pip, bears all the innocense of Dickens' best characters. He is able to observe all the qualities and idiosyncracies of the good, the bad, and the ugly in Victorian England. As another orphan character, he is "brought up by hand" by his strict and nasty sister with the help …
review by . April 22, 2005
Great Expectations is one of Dickens's later novels, a work of his artistic maturity. The narrative is symbolic rather than realistic. Although, as in most of Dickens and in Victorian literature in general, the plot relies heavily on coincidence, it is acceptable here because the events are true to the internal, psychological, logic of the story.    After writing A Tale of Two Cities, which was unique among his novels in that it had none of his trademark humor, Dickens set out …
review by . December 09, 2003
the course of the year I try to read a few, "Important Novels" in order to get a fuller understanding of literature. Dicken's "Great Expectations" has been on my list for nearly a year. I completely dreaded reading what I thought would be a long and drawn out story about something I could careless about. Well, I was wrong.  "Great Expectations" is now #1 on my all-time favorites list. While, admittedly, it took me roughly 150 pages to get any enjoyment out of the novel- once I was in- …
review by . December 09, 2003
During the course of the year I try to read a few, "Important Novels" in order to get a fuller understanding of literature. Dicken's "Great Expectations" has been on my list for nearly a year. I completely dreaded reading what I thought would be a long and drawn out story about something I could careless about. Well, I was wrong. "Great Expectations" is now #1 on my all-time favorites list. While, admittedly, it took me roughly 150 pages to get any enjoyment out of the novel- once I was in- I was …
review by . December 07, 2003
GREAT EXPECTATIONS is often the novel used in high schools to introduce students to Dickens. Due to it's length and fairly long and uneventful middle phase, I'm not sure it's the best text to introduce people to Dickens. Still, it is a pretty good story and contains some of the most memorable characters in Dickens' fiction.GREAT EXPECTATIONS is the story of Phillip Pirrip, otherwise known as Pip. Pip's parents die not long after he is born and he is raised "by hand" by his sister. His brother-in-law, …
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