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This review is from: Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
I am not fan of Dickens' novels or his prose, but recognise that his body of work is accepted as hugely impressive and influential.
The plot and principal characters of Great Expectations are well known. The introduction to the penguin paperback made much of Pip's sense of guilt at the fate that befell his sister and his neglect of Joe and Biddy. I was left mostly with the impression however, that one of the defining characteristics of Pip is that he feels a sense of self worthlessness. I attribute this to the fact of his being an orphan. Pip clings to Joe and even in the end, Magwitch, as something like father figures.
What is remarkable about the narrative is Pip's honesty with himself - he is really quite flawed and weak in many ways and does not shirk responsibility for how things turn out. But that he is also possessed of immense goodness and kindness, there is no doubt. The ending is intriguingly left slightly open, but on balance, you have to think that Pip will end up with his beloved Estella after all. Great Expectations is a dark novel and the characters are drawn by an author who like Shakespeare, had a deep insight in to human psychology. Great Expectations is not only unforgettable because of its basic story, but also because of its wonderful characters: the flawed hero Pip, the deranged and bitter Miss Havisham and the extraordinary creation that is Jaggers the solicitor.
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Initial post: 30 Jan 2011 20:25:48 GMT
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A. O. Shillingford says:
No doubt, this is a well written review. However, having read this seemingly positive review, I'm puzzled as to why you've only rated it as worth 3 stars. Maybe I'm missing something!
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