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  • Jun 12, 2010
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Generally when approaching a classic work of fiction, one feels compelled to enjoy it. That has always been the assumed case with Sir Charles Dickens. It didn't matter that so many of his stories were contrived for financial gain. All that mattered was that he was a man looking for something through the written word and his journey had led him through A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Bleak House and so on. For this matter, when I met myself thumbing Great Expectations, I fully intended to be overwhelmed, or even more likely, disheartened to finish halfway through. What emerged from the story, from the common paradoxes, was the tale of a boy named Pip, an anti-scoundrel everyone either has something in common with, or wants to. The shape of this character redefines the way we look at class and the way class does, but shouldn't play such an unforgiving role in our society. Pip is an estranged wonder to even Dickens, though. If we interpret Edwin Drood or Oliver Twist, we slowly see characters who are hyperbolic representations of Dickens, or a likened self. But Pip is someone who doesn't appear like Charles in any way, but somehow finds a way to reach us. That's the wondrous success of Great Expectations. It will open you up, but it won't tell you how it managed to do so. 

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June 23, 2010
This is a great review because you approach it from a simple yet different approach. I read it a long time ago and remember not necessarily liking it. When you compare it to Dickens and his work as a whole, it does stand out. I feel like my view of the book is less critical.
 
June 12, 2010
This year, I've given myself the personal challenge to read more of the classics and I've even gone so far as to prepare a list of the ones I'd like to read. "Great Expectations" was on the list but I just haven't got to it yet. Your review prompts me to put it higher on the list. Thanks.
 
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ISBN-10: 0375757015 (pbk. : Modern lib ed.)
ISBN-13: 9780375757013 (pbk. : Modern lib ed.)
Author: Charles Dickens
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Modern Library
Date Published: February 13, 2001
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