Great Expectations

By Charles Dickens, Marisa Sestino

Great Expectations

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Great Expectations

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In what may be Dickens' best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the forge's dirty work but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day he finds himself in possession of "great expectations" under sudden and enigmatic circumstances. In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, reveng... e and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearful convict;

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    Fiction

  • PUBLISHED BY

    Oxford university press

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  • ISBN

    0192833596 , 9780192833594

  • FORMAT

    Paperback

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    505

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Quotes from Great Expectations

We need never be ashamed of our tears.

Crying   Shame   Sorrow   Tears

In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.

With that, she pounced upon me, like an eagle on a lamb, and my face was squeezed into wooden bowls in sinks, and my head was put under taps of water-butts, and I was soaped, and kneaded, and towelled, and thumped, and harrowed, and rasped, until I really was quite beside myself. (I may here remark that I suppose myself to be better acquainted than any living authority, with the ridgy effect of a wedding-ring, passing unsympathetically over the human countenance.)

Uncle Pumblechook: a large hard-breathing middle-aged slow man, with a mouth like a fish, dull staring eyes, and sandy hair standing upright on his head, so that he looked as if he had just been all but choked, and had that moment come to.

Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.

I walked away at a good pace, thinking it was easier to go than I had supposed it would be, and reflecting that it would never have done to have an old shoe thrown after the coach, in sight of all the High Street. I whistled and made nothing of going. But the village was very peaceful and quiet, and the light mists were solemnly rising, as if to show me the world, and I had been so innocent and little there, and all beyond was so unknown and great, that in a moment with a strong heave and sob I broke into tears.
We changed again, and yet again, and it was now too late and too far to go back, and I went on. And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me.

Reviews of Great Expectations

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An optimistic and a happy-ending to the story is a cherry on the cake. Dickens has truly portrayed his classy and enticing writing skills.

Dickens's famously unruly humour is part of his firm belief in wishful thinking, in our capacity for poor dreams and fabrications, and the obstinate hope that there might be places where the long arm of rank and distinction cannot reach.

Naturally as the plot twisted and turned I found myself slowing down in many spots to enjoy the story’s development. Oh Dickens … you did it again. This is not Bleak House or Little Dorrit (or even A Tale of Two Cities) but the second half definitely redeemed the first half.

Pip’s path lies in a different direction. Rereading the end of Great Expectations...I’m reminded of how moving his part is. Of all the characters, he has the most to learn...That may not be unexpected. But it’s deeply satisfying, all the same.

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