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on 14 June 2016
There are so many editions of Great Expectations nowadays that you’d be forgiven for taking one look at the price of this one before sighing and moving on. Don’t, because this is one of the most beautiful books I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in a long while. The cover is striking, with some great, moody paintings that set the tone very darkly before the book even begins. Inside I was overjoyed to see a full-page reproduction of the first edition title page, before a superb setting of the Dickens text. Book Antiqua really stresses the horizontals and gives a pseudo-Victorian feel, and I for one felt like a mutton-chopped industrialist for days whilst reading this.
The illustrations that adorn the text are beautiful, and convey the simplest of scenes with astonishing vitality and sharpness of texture. As you can tell I rather fell in love with this book, and I was sad to see the artfully printed words, “THE END”, looming, but ahah! With CBy the book doesn’t end just because the story has. The “Student Notes” section really got under the novel’s skin to explore the social and historical context, as well as exploring the big themes.
So, what are you paying all that money for? Quality, that’s what. Sumptuous, beautiful quality.
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on 25 May 2016
Classic.
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on 17 May 2016
good
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on 12 May 2016
A classic book at a brilliant price. This was my first Ultimate Classic and my first Dickens novel. And what a belter - absolutely didn't disappoint and at this price I will be buying many more classics from this collection
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on 9 May 2016
Very good as always
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on 8 May 2016
a great help for students
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on 7 May 2016
Excellent book. Helped me massively.
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on 6 May 2016
Great value ckassic
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on 6 May 2016
Great thanks
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on 24 April 2016
It's Dickens - what more is there to say?
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