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Great Expectations (Bantam Classics) - Charles Dickens, John Irving
Great Expectations (Bantam Classics)
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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.
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780553213423 (0553213423)
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Pages no: 458
Edition language: English
Category:
Classics
Series: Classic Starts
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Blogs Don't Burn
Blogs Don't Burn rated it
4.0
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...
La Mala *the mean girl*
La Mala *the mean girl* rated it
5.0 Great Expectations
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...
It's a Books World
It's a Books World rated it
3.5 Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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 ...
Nut Free Nerd
Nut Free Nerd rated it
5.0 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
To read my full review of this amazing classic novel on my book blog, click here.
Karen's books
Karen's books rated it
5.0 An Emotional Ride
It took me much longer than it should have to read this book, mostly because I think deep down I didn't want to leave Pip behind, as if by reading him I could help in some way. What a fantastic, heart-wrenching story. I absolutely LOVED it, even while my heart ached for Pip's that was breaking. H...
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