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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 the Paperback edition.
This was a birthday gift for my grand daughter. She enjoyed it very much. I don't know what else to dayPublished 20 months ago by Secondchild
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.
Listening to the audio version of this Dickens classic is thoroughly enjoyable. The narrator, who is also the main character, addresses you directly and colours the whole story... Read morePublished on March 4 2010 by Pierre Gauthier
Reading "Great Expectations" right now after finding it in the TV room at work in camp. It is a book to be savoured, passages reread and admired. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2009 by quartzknee
How nice to reread an old classic as an adult, instead of in the classroom. A wonderful novel of Pip who comes into his "great expectations" via an unknown benefactor -- who he... Read morePublished on May 25 2007 by Misfit
We HAD to read this in high school and even so I LOVED it. It's probably one of the easier Dicken's novels, and it's probably the best thing he ever wrote. Read morePublished on July 22 2004
I first read this about 12 years ago as a teenager in High School of course at the time I could not possibly comprehend everything that is going on. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Sloppy-Joe