Great Expectations (Bantam Classics)
In the marshy mists of a village churchyard, a tiny orphan boy named Pip is suddenly terrified by a shivering, limping convict on the run. Years later, a supremely arrogant young Pip boards the coach to London where, by the grace of a mysterious benefactor, he will join the ranks of the idle... show more
In the marshy mists of a village churchyard, a tiny orphan boy named Pip is suddenly terrified by a shivering, limping convict on the run. Years later, a supremely arrogant young Pip boards the coach to London where, by the grace of a mysterious benefactor, he will join the ranks of the idle rich and "become a gentleman." Finally, in the luminous mists of the village at evening, Pip the man meets Estella, his dazzingly beautiful tormentor, in a ruined garden--and lays to rest all the heartaches and illusions that his "great expectations" have brought upon him. Dickens's biographer, Edgar H. Johnson, has said that--except for the author's last-minute tampering with his original ending--Great Expectations is "the most perfectly constructed and perfectly written of all Dickens's works." In John Irving's Introduction to this edition, the novelist takes the view that Dickens's revised ending is "far more that mirror of the quality of trust in the novel as a whole." Both versions of the ending are printed here.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: September 1st 1986
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Pages no: 458
Edition language: English
Series: Classic Starts
This marks the second of Dickens’s novels that I have read of my own accord rather than by the dictates of a class curriculum, the first having been David Copperfield. I can recall that, when reading Copperfield, I understood better the criticism of sentimentality often levelled against Dickens. Ev...
A book that threw in more twists than I expected. Of course we all believe Pip's benefactor to be the rich, old lady. Then we think he will eventually get over Estella and marry Biddie. Another twist.
Reseña pendiente. No sé si es tanta la fascinación por la trama en sí (Pip es casi una Cenicienta a quien un hada anónima le promete un futuro de grandes esperanzas) como por cada personaje en particular. Desde el herrero Joe Gargery, pasando por el lúgubre abogado Jagger (que se lleva "la oficina a...
Summary: 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 ...
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