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Great Expectations (Penguin Popular Classics) [Paperback]

Charles Dickens
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25 Jan 2007 Penguin Popular Classics
Pip doesn't expect much from life... His sister makes it clear that her orphaned little brother is nothing but a burden on her. But suddenly things begin to change. Pip's narrow existence is blown apart when he finds an escaped criminal, is summoned to visit a mysterious old woman and meets the icy beauty Estella. Most astoundingly of all, an anonymous person gives him money to begin a new life in London. Are these events as random as they seem? Or does Pip's fate hang on a series of coincidences he could never have expected?

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (25 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566194423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566194426
  • ASIN: 0140620168
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.

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The Puffin Classics series is a perfect marriage of the old and the new. Enjoy some of the best books from the past and find out why and how they inspired some of the best writers of the present (Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4kids) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A major new adaptation, forming part of the BBC's celebration of Dickens and the bicentenary of his birth in 2012. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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. Read the first page
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 20 Jan 2006
By A Customer
I spent most of my 45 years since leaving school doing my best to avoid anything by Charles Dickens, quite why, I'm not sure. A recent illness and enforced idleness had me rummaging around some books I had come by and there was Great Expectations. I thought I'd try just the first chapter, but was hooked from the first page. This is one helluva book! The pace, the characterisation, the plot, the atmosphere, the everything are masterly. But it isn't all misery as there are frequent moments of irony and typically English gallows humour. Outstanding, but it'll make you cry.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does it for me everytime........ 9 April 2007
By Jen
I have a handful of books I can read over and again and this is top of the list, it may even be my desert island choice. The descriptive passages are wonderful and the characters are so richly painted. Pip and Joe is the best relationship - some funny moments, sad moments and some really heartbreaking moments. Every time I get to the part where Pip thinks he is too good for Joe and Joe irritates him it makes my skin crawl. Estella is a wonderful character, cruel, cold and twisted but not her fault and she ends up in a sad situation. Miss Havisham - a truly creepy lady, what an excellent creation. The story is fabulous with such a great ending - who would have thought? This book is absolutely fantastic. Brilliant characters, described so well that the most unimaginative reader will have vivid mental images of them all and you won't forgot them or this book. Ever.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sad as a Thames twilight 27 Feb 2003
Having just read G E for the first time, what strikes me is its infinite sadness and sense of melancholia. While there is much of Dickens`s customary wit and punning humour in the writing, the
impression is of a man in the grip of an atypical desire to express some deep pain, a sadness inconsolable, exemplified in the self-torturing central figure of Pip, growing up in a household dominated by a much elder sister/mother who is forever `on the Rampage` and a long-suffering, seemingly ineffectual uncle/father, Joe, who is nevertheless virtually the one constant source of hope in the novel - a thoroughly good, unlettered yet deeply human man (an almost Hardyesque figure; and it is in G E that Dickens perhaps foreshadows such works as Tess and The Mayor of Casterbridge) who is nevertheless far more dignified and, in his way, proud than he at first appears. He, Joe, refuses to outstay his welcome both times he visits Pip in London, not only from a sense of incongruity, but also a strong feeling of self-preservation,a gentle pride in his own realness - something Pip himself nearly loses.
Dickens`s final, tentatively hopeful chapter, Pip and Estella in the ruins of Miss Havisham`s garden, is suitably downbeat, refusing to allow the saddened reader too much sunlight, even as we are gladdened by the catharsis of self-knowledge so hard-won by Pip over the course of the previous 500 pages.
This is, like Wuthering Heights, The Mayor of Casterbridge or Jane Eyre, one of the timeless, lightning-struck landmarks of 19th century literature, if anything the most regretfully sombre of all of them.
A mature, autumnally beautiful book.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations 11 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
An excellent narration by Hugh Laurie who captures the emotions and feeling of the characters in this classic book so well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dips in the middle but all-in-all a brilliant read 23 April 2000
By A Customer
This book is excellent, but towards the middle it does not stay as interesting. That is not to say that the entire centre of the book is not well written it is just not as good as the rest. Other than that small drop there really is not that much more to say. Other reviewers have said none of the book was very compelling but from the very first page and Pip's meeting with the convict Magwitch I found myself reading as quickly as I could to find their next meeting. Amazingly realistic this book allows you to see inside a young boys mind and then watch it develop up until he becomes a 'gentleman' and trys to forget about his upbringing. Sad, witty, and dramatic all rolled into one, this book is a classic and will live on as one of the greatest novels of all time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Dickens book for young adults. 14 Oct 1996
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Pip a young boy is faced with many expectations at a
young age. Pip meets a young lady named Estella, and he
immedatley falls in love with her. The only problem is that
Estella thinks that Pip is a diry little rogue. Then an
unknown person gives Pip wealth and a way to earn an
education, part of the bargain is that Pip has to leave his
family and move to England. Pip is faced with these, and
many other questions as he begins his great expectations. I
think most young people would like this book, because it's
not as hard to read as Dicken's other classic books. It
also has a little bit of everything in it, mystery, romance,
and suspence. Something for everyone to enjoy.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, touching, dramatic, unexpected. 3 Feb 2002
Don't bother reading this if you are immature. When I tried to read it at the age of 15 with the desire of becoming 'intelligent', I lacked the insight to appreciate its humour. I thought it was 'boring' didn't get beyond the first 100 pages and would probably have given it 1 star at that age.
However, 11 years on, having exhausted all of Wilkie Collins' novels, I decided to give his friend a second chance. I'm so glad I did.
His dark sense of humour comes through the description and interaction of the characters. His dramatic timing is simply perfect and the props he uses sets the reader up for shocks and surprises. He shows us that most of us, like Pip, don't fall into the category of good and evil, but that we are flawed human beings, capable of doing good deeds or making terrible mistakes. The characters cover a vast spectrum, by degrees, from the purely innocent, to likable villains, down to cold-hearted individuals.
It's beautifully written, very atmospheric... from the misty marshes to the dusty, dirty claustrophobic London. I laughed. I was moved. I was intrigued. I read with wide-eyed surprise at the unfolding of events. And I defy anyone who reads this story to forget Miss.Havisham.
If you understand the English language and have a pulse you should enjoy this immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I did it again
Hadn't read the book for decades. Glad I did it again.
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Published 21 days ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars a book to come back to as I have.
Charles Dickens has always been a favourite author of mine. His style of writing keeps me wanting to read more of his books.
Published 27 days ago by colinay
5.0 out of 5 stars Still as wonderful today
I decided I should read a classic novel for a change. Glad I did and enjoyed it immensely. A wonderful book.
Published 3 months ago by MARION EL-QASEM
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant as a child i love this book.could have been proof read better as some errors.but still favorite charactor miss haversham she is great.brilliant
Published 4 months ago by jane
3.0 out of 5 stars Preferred the film by David Lean
I know that's sacrilege to Dickens lovers but I always hated Dickens's writing even if I enjoyed most of his stories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Definitely one of my all time favourite books. Glad i chose to read it and i plan to read some more Dickens novels.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Great.
Having read many of Dickens novels (as well as some of the Bronte sisters) I approached this book expecting it to live up to its reputation. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars better than the film
A really cracking read which had me up all night. Beautiful illustrations in a well formatted edition for kindle. Dickens is very much the master storyteller.
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