Great Expectations by Charles DickensGreat Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

byCharles Dickens, Robert Douglas-FairhurstEditorMargaret Cardwell

Paperback | July 12, 2008


'you are to understand, Mr. Pip, that the name of the person who is your liberal benefactor remains a profound secret...'Young Pip lives with his sister and her husband the blacksmith, with few prospects for advancement until a mysterious benefaction takes him from the Kent marshes to London. Pip is haunted by figures from his past - the escaped convict Magwitch, the time-withered Miss Havisham and her proud andbeautiful ward, Estella - and in time uncovers not just the origins of his great expectations but the mystery of his own heart.A powerful and moving novel, Great Expectations is suffused with Dickens's memories of the past and its grip on the present, and it raises disturbing questions about the extent to which individuals affect each other's lives. This edition includes a lively introduction, Dickens's working notes, thenovel's original ending, and an extract from an early theatrical adaptation. It reprints the definitive Clarendon text.
Margaret Cardwell is Formerly a Reader in English at the Queen's University, Belfast.
Title:Great ExpectationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.98 inPublished:July 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from As fresh now as the day it was written I just love this story, and seeing Pip on his travels through life. The themes and the ideas are just as powerful now as when they were written. Do yourself a favour and read this book.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dickens! Every character brings something unique to the story. This is one of my favourite Dickens novels. It really keeps you intrigued. A wonderful story #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from so important one of those books which effected me in my youth.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did not enjoy this! Sorry Mr. Dickens, I did not like this!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from His best This is his best book - it's all here and more!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Expectations I couple people were surprised when I said I was reading Dickens as they could not get through any of his books. I found that I quite enjoyed Great Expectations and found it quite funny at points. As with most classics though I found it dragged on a bit and many of the characters were not all that likable.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Depressing hilarity. Often bleak, but quite hilarious at the same time. Charles Dickens' classic Great Expectations is something that everyone has to at least try to read. There is a lot going on in this book. Duality, character development, commentary on class division, ambition, and a good deal of heart break. Welcome to England.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Read This book was really a lot of fun to read. Dickens is such an animated writer and he includes a bunch of characters here that are unforgettable. You really don't see the twist coming, and when it does, it wrenches your insides on so many levels. My sympathies found themselves moving all over the board until the very end. Dickens criticizes society in such a unique, timeless way that still resonates as strongly today as it did in 1861.
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As the others Dickens' books, this one is outstanding An outstanding book that I read this year was Great Expectations. This was a wonderful classic written by the magnificent author Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens wrote a book that truly captivated the power of human love. He showed us that life can be very difficult, and you have to work very hard in order for you to succeed. In the beginning of the book, a character named Pip lived on a forge near some marshes in England. His family was generally poor. He lived with his older sister and her husband named Joe. Joe was a fairly poor blacksmith. One day, Pip was walking on the marshes. Suddenly, a strange man came up to Pip and threatened him. The strange man was a convict who was put to die on the marshes. He was handcuffed and chained. He told Pip that he would kill him if he didn't bring him a steel file and something to eat. Pip then ran back to the forge and brought the convict a steel file and some food. This vivid occurrence haunted Pip for the rest of his life. After the incident on the marshes, Pip met a lady named Miss Havesham. Miss Havesham was a very weird lady. She always wore her wedding dress in her house. She never left her house. Miss Havesham had a very beautiful adopted daughter named Estella. She was an arrogant woman. While looking at her, Pip fell in love with Estella. One day, a mysterious man came to Joe's forge. This man was sent by a secret benefactor who was residing in London. The man didn't give his name. He told Pip and Joe that someone in London was requesting him. The secret benefactor wanted Pip to come to London so that he could become a gentleman. Pip was very excited when he heard that he could work in London. Pip and Joe agreed upon the proposal. Later in that same week, Pip left Joe's forge to travel to London. There he could be a gentleman with a bright and bold future. While in London, Pip encountered many strange mysteries. Pip finally met his secret benefactor. Read the book to find out who the secret benefactor was... Overall, Great Expectations was an outstanding book. It really captivated the vast stretches of life. Great Expectations really made me feel quite sad. I felt very sorry for Pip. He had a very difficult life. He had change his personality forever once he became a gentleman. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading classics. I have read other excellent books by the wonderful author Charles Dickens. I have read Oliver Twist and The Christmas Carol. They were also excellent books.
Date published: 2009-09-06