Great Expectations (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 5 Mar 1998
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"Readable text and the original illustrations, along with hard covers and inexpensive price, amek this the ideal text for any course on Dickens."--Eugene R. August, University of Dayton --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The Clarendon Dickens' edition of one of the most famous of Dickens' novels --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The book is also remarkable for its many indelibly memorable and complex characters. Miss Havisham, Pip, Magwitch, Mr. Jaggers, and Estella are characters you will think about again and again in years to come.
The book also surrounds you with a powerful sense of place. Although the England described here is long gone, it becomes as immediate as a nightmare or a dream that you have just awakened from.
For a book about moral questions, Great Expectations also abounds in action. The scenes involving Pip and Magwitch are especially notable for way action expresses character and thought.
Great Expectations also reeks of irony, something that is seldom noticed in more modern novels. Overstatements are created to draw the irony out into the open, where it is unmistakable. Yet the overstatements attract, rather than repel. The overstatements are like the theatrical make up which makes actors and actresses look strange in the dressing room, but more real on the stage when seen from the audience.
At the same time, the plot is deliciously complex in establishing and solving mysteries before that genre had been born. As you read Great Expectations, raise your expectations to assume that you will receive answers to any dangling details. By reading the book this way, you will appreciate the craft that Mr. Dickens employed much more.Read more ›
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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This review is about two components. The first - and main - is of course the story itself. Read more
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. Read morePublished 2 months ago by londoncustomer
A typical lengthy book by Dickens and a very satisfying read. Why would anyone want a review of anything by Dickens? Always reliable like all the other famous Victorian authors.Published 2 months ago by James