Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

By Charles Dickens

  • Release Date: 2010-12-17
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4
4
From 138 Ratings

Description

Charles Dickens' classic tells the coming-of-age story of Pip, the orphan who rose from miserable destitution to great wealth, with the help of a mysterious benefactor. For better or worse, Pip's life is defined through his relationships with Dickens' trademark complex supporting cast: Estella, a fellow orphan with whom Pip is infatuated; Miss Havisham, the manipulative and wealthy spinster; Joe Gargery, the closest thing to a parent Pip has ever known; a pair of escaped convicts; and many, many more.

Reviews

  • Review.

    2
    By Nerdeo99
    Bored me out of my skull.
  • Great Expectations

    5
    By bears51
    As I am now retired, to read Dickens is a great thrill I never experienced. A passionate, but detailed writer, it's hard not to retread some of his lines as there are so profound, yet so charming. What a thrill! Tom G
  • Excellent edition

    5
    By mrserven
    Wonderful book, and this is a perfect edition! Enjoy!
  • Charming

    5
    By TOAFK
    If you have a lot of time on your hands then this book is a must read. Dickens' delicate, intricate plot and lovely, lively, three-dimensional characters are more than enough to satisfy the most stubborn readers. However, the best things about Great Expectations are the minute details, the witty quips, and snide (but not cruel-spirited) comments that are still relevant today. Even though it's meant for adults, I think I would have enjoyed it more as a kid. And if this is a school assignment, I strongly recommend actually reading it! It isn't that difficult, and sparknotes just doesn't do it justice.
  • Bad and boring.

    1
    By Eric116
    Bad and boring. Nuff said.
  • Simply Phenomenal

    5
    By Barney_2
    I loved this book from beginning to end. It lasted me 15-20 hours. The narrative is wonderfully descriptive yet interesting while the mood ranges from beautifully serene to frantically dramatic. There are moments of intense action and hair-raising encounters spread over the lifetime of the protagonist as he matures both physically and mentally. I could always sympathize well with him and was never frustrated or bored. I dare say I myself learned a lesson from reading this book; one should not take anything for granted and therefore always try to realize the true value of what one has at the moment, especially regarding true friends. On a side note this is the first book I've read since graduating high school. Then again I graduated less than two weeks ago. One can always appreciate a book more when one is reading it willingly and not being forced to do so by a cranky old English teacher.
  • It was ok but...

    3
    By unknown2145
    I thought it was a good book. It had a sensable plot and all. However, I found it to be a little cliche. I mean, I was kind of expecting the orphan to become snobby with his wealth, them loose it and the love of his life. All in all, I wouldn't read it again.
  • Gotta luv it

    5
    By webb822
    Great book