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Great Expectations In what may be Dickens s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of great expectations In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride

About the Author: Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from Wikipedia

10 thoughts on “Great Expectations

  1. Michael Kneeland Michael Kneeland says:

    My students and some of my friends can t ever figure out why I love this novel so much I explain how the characters are thoroughly original and yet timeless, how the symbolism is rich and tasty, and how the narrative itself is juicy and chock full of complexity, but they just shake their heads at me in utter amazement and say, What s wrong with you, dude What s wrong, indeed.I g

  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was quite ignorant of its worthI first read Great Expectations when I was thirteen years old It was the first of Dickens works that I d read of my own volition, the only other being Oliver Twist, which we d studied parts of in school You know, I missed out on a lot when I was thirteen By

  3. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes I saw that the dress had been put upon the rounded figure of a young woman, and that the figure upon which it now hung loose had shrunk to skin and bone How do you do Miss Havisham She makes many lists of the twenty greatest characters

  4. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day That is such a quote If there was ever a novel that shows us the dangers of false perceptions then it sGreat ExpectationsPip is such a fool he constantly misjudges those around him, and he constantly misjud

  5. Stephen Stephen says:

    Great Expectations were formedwere met and were thoroughly exceeded The votes have been tallied, all doubts have been answered and it is official and in the books I am a full fledged, foaming fanboy of Sir Dickens and sporting a massive man crush for literature s master story tellerQuick Aside My good friend Richard who despises Chuckles the Dick is no doubt having a conniption as he reads this deep breaths, R

  6. Chicklet Chicklet says:

    Boring, dull, lifeless, and flat This is so drawn out and boring I kept having to remind myself what the plot was Best to get someone else to sum up the story rather than undergo the torture of reading it.

  7. Matt Matt says:

    Admittedly, I can be a bit dismissive of the classics By which I mean that many of my reviews resemble a drive by shooting This annoys some people, if measured by the responses I m still getting to my torching of Moby Dick Even though I should expect some blowback, I still get a little defensive I mean, no one wants to be called a horrendous person just because he or she didn t like an overlong, self indulgent, self important

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    876 Great Expectations, Charles DickensThe novel was first published as a serial in Dickens s weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861 In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes On Christmas Eve, around 1812, Pip, an orphan who is about seven years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard, while visiting the graves of his parents and siblings Pip now lives with his abusive elder sister and her kind husband Joe G 876 Great Expectations, Charles DickensThe novel was first published as a serial in Dickens s weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861 In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes On Christmas Eve, around 1812, Pip, an orphan who is about seven years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard, while visiting the graves of his parents and siblings Pip now lives with his abusive elder sister and her kind husband Joe Gargery, a blacksmith The convict scares Pip into stealing food and a file Early on Christmas morning Pip returns with the file, a pie and brandy During Christmas Dinner that evening, at the moment Pip s theft is about to be discovered, soldiers arrive and ask Joe to repair some shackles Joe and Pip accompany them as they recapture the convict who is fighting with another escaped convict The first convict confesses to stealing food from the smithy A year or two later, Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster who still wears her old wedding dress and lives as a recluse in the dilapidated Satis House, asks Mr Pumblechook, a relation of the Gargery s, to find a boy to visit her Pip visits Miss Havisham and falls in love with her adopted daughter Estella Estella remains aloof and hostile to Pip, which Miss Havisham encourages Pip visits Miss Havisham regularly, until he is old enough to learn a trade.Joe accompanies Pip for the last visit, when she gives the money for Pip to be bound as apprentice blacksmith Joe s surly assistant, Dolge Orlick, is envious of Pip and dislikes Mrs Joe When Pip and Joe are away from the house, Mrs Joe is brutally attacked, leaving her unable to speak or do her work Orlick is suspected of the attack Mrs Joe becomes kind hearted after the attack Pip s former schoolmate Biddy joins the household to help with her care.Four years into Pip s apprenticeship, Mr Jaggers, a lawyer, tells him that he has been provided with money, from an anonymous benefactor, so that he can become a gentleman Pip is to leave for London, but presuming that Miss Havisham is his benefactor, he first visits her.Pip sets up house in London at Barnard s Inn with Herbert Pocket, the son of his tutor, Matthew Pocket, who is a cousin of Miss Havisham Herbert and Pip have previously met at Satis Hall, where Herbert was rejected as a playmate for Estella He tells Pip how Miss Havisham was defrauded and deserted by her fianc Pip meets fellow pupils, Bentley Drummle, a brute of a man from a wealthy noble family, and Startop, who is agreeable Jaggers disburses the money Pip needs 1975 1351 9789646207486 1391 1387

  9. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    I was really mad when I finished this book last night I have to say I enjoyed this muchthan the other Dickens books I ve read which is funny because someone told me it was written for kids so I should read it because I would like it better probably and I did It just felt too long and I kind of saw the twist of who was Pip s benefactor coming but at the same time I think the way everything is told and developed is really good I think I mostly

  10. Kai Kai says:

    You are in every line I have ever read Why couldn t every line in this book be this good I took me nearly three whole months to finish it Not because it was bad, but because it dragged and dragged and there are farintriguing books out there than Great Expectations.The good stuff An exciting cast of characters, most of them very weird, extravagant and almost to completely ridiculous By far my favourites are Joe because he s such a goodhearted person

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