Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Paperback - 2001
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Humbled, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman -- and one day he finds himself in possession of "great expectations." One of Dickens' finest novels, this is a gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward.
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2001.
ISBN: 9780486415864
0486415864
Branch Call Number: FIC Dicke
Characteristics: iv, 380 p. --

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red_goose_54
Aug 09, 2017

This book has a great plot, but the length of it is very boring, You can connect to it very well but it just has too much words that could be avoided in my opinion.

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8408408
Jun 30, 2017

Great story, with an interesting twist 3/4 of the way through.

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re_discover
May 24, 2017

Great Expectations was one of the books I studied in high school; however, I never finished reading it! Re-reading it again as an adult, I found that it just doesn't resonate with me. Although Great Expectations is know as a coming of age story, I do not believe Pip ever really took responsibility for his actions.

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ba_library
Feb 11, 2017

I love Dickens - I know some people can't connect to his stories (he has a few that even I cannot get through!) Great Expectations is truly a classic! Young Pip is raised by his irritable sister and her kindly, loving blacksmith husband near the marshes in England. Pip encounters a convict, escaped form the hulks (prison ships), who demands some food and a file to get the cuffs off his feet. Pip later encounters the local crazy lady, Miss Havisham who recruits him to play with her adopted daughter, Estella. The story gets complex and the characters evolve into unforgettable representations - the woman who was dumped on her wedding day, the beautiful girl who was raised to be heartless, the young boy who aspires to be a gentleman but finally realizes the good, honest people who raised him had more value and worth than a "gentleman" title. True beauty hurts and destroys, course criminal conduct generates benevolence and trust. I recently watched a newer DVD and it couldn't quite capture Estella. I borrowed the early version directed by David Lean - great! Really captures the bleak, gloomy countryside and the bleakness of some of the characters. The book is even better, in the preface the writer says it is Dickens only book without a hero. The story is about human weakness, I might add human frailty. I think the Aged P would give it a good salute.

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elizali
Oct 03, 2016

The characters in this book are crafted so lovingly. But if I'm being perfectly honest, I was not that interested in scenes without Miss Havisham or Estella. Havisham is so macabre that I could read a book solely on her daily happenings. Joe is the most solid dude and great comedic relief. Obviously a classic, but glad I picked it up.

BklynRakishaK Aug 02, 2016

Though this novel moves at quite a glacial pace up until the beginning of the second half, once the main story is introduced, the plot becomes a complicated, deceitful maze of unexpected twists and malicious villains. Our hero, Pip, strives to achieve the status of a "real gentleman" throughout, but becoming a gentleman, in Dickens' eyes, requires a lot more than breeding, wealth, and fine clothing.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 27, 2016

Roughly 156 years later, Great expectations by Charles Dickens still manages to find a young audience to flip through its pages. While at first some might be fooled by the slow and some might say boring first couple of chapters, the book starts to flourish as the scrambled plot with its twists and turns keeps the reader engaged. The book is full of action and each page saturated with information and detail. While the action might not be the super powers and giant explosions you would find in a more recent novel, it is still full of action and adventure. The drama in this book is enough to spin your feelings, because you get hooked on the characters and must know what happens to them and why. Honestly, I would recommend this book to someone who likes action book with lots of drama and detail.
- @Alicat15 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Royafaraji
Apr 24, 2015

It is a great book indeed. I just added it to" my 100 best read books" list. I highly recommend it.

KISSfan1969 Oct 08, 2014

I enjoyed this more towards the end. I thought I knew what was going to happen only to find the end leaving much of the story up in the air.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: Escaped convicts, an abandoned bride, a poor blacksmith, a striking sullen girl and mysterious wealth give the naive Pip lessons in love, loyalty and humility."

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kathinkg
Jun 22, 2016

That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. 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.

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vickiz
Jan 12, 2009

"Mother by adoption," retorted Estella, never departing from the easy grace of her attitude, never raising her voice as the other did, never yielding either to anger or tenderness, "Mother by adoption, I have said that I owe everything to you. All I possess is freely yours. All that you have given me, is at your command to have again. Beyond that, I have nothing. And if you ask me to give you what you never gave me, my gratitude and duty cannot do impossibilities."

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Hadley
Dec 06, 2007

MY father's family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

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