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I had never thought of being ashamed of my hands before; but I began to consider them a very indifferent pair. Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it.It is an infection that Pip never quite recovers from; as he spends more time with Miss Havisham and the tantalizing Estella, he becomes more and more discontented with his guardian, the kindhearted blacksmith, Joe, and his childhood friend Biddy. When, after several years, Pip becomes the heir of an unknown benefactor, he leaps at the chance to leave his home and friends behind to go to London and become a gentleman. But having expectations, as Pip soon learns, is a two-edged sword, and nothing is as he thought it would be. Like that other "little piece," A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations is different from the usual Dickensian fare: the story is dark, almost surreal at times, and you'll find few of the author's patented comic characters and no comic set pieces. And yet this is arguably the most compelling of Dickens's novels for, unlike David Copperfield or Martin Chuzzlewit, the reader can never be sure that things will work out for Pip. Even Dickens apparently had his doubts--he wrote two endings for this novel. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I always heard this book mentioned over the years, so it was time to read it. I was not disappointed. I have read several books from Charles Dickens and enjoyed them all.Published 18 months ago by Denis Baudin
This was not at all what I was looking for. I needed an actual copy of Great Expectations not the illustrated version for kids.Published 19 months ago by Kim McCaskill
This was a birthday gift for my grand daughter. She enjoyed it very much. I don't know what else to dayPublished 23 months ago by Secondchild
Have always loved this book. Hadn't read it in years and was time to do so again. Would recomend the book to everyone,Published on Jan. 30 2013 by Judy Keith
book arrived in the indicated time in good condition. it was described in a clear way, so this time it was sent the book what I wanted.