October 8, 2012
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1435145054
ISBN - 13: 9781435145054
From the Publisher
Pip is an orphan in a dangerous world. While visiting his parents' and brothers' graves, he is grabbed by an escaped convict, Abel Magwitch, who terrorizes him into stealing food and a file to cut his shackles. At home, Pip's sister beats and scolds him frequently. Only her husband, Joe Gargery, a blacksmith, loves and protects him. Pip's one ambition is to become Joe's apprentice. That is about to change.
Miss Havisham, a wealthy recluse, summons Pip to her bizarre and decaying manor to play with her beautiful ward, Estella. Though, to Miss havisham's delight, Estalla insults him repeatedly for his coarseness, Pip falls in love with the girl. He resolves to educate and improve himself, even though he believes that he will never have the wealth or manners to win Estella's heart. That, too, will change.
A lawyer seeks out Pip and Joe with news that an anonymous benefactor plans to bequeath Pip a great fortune. Pip is to proceed to London to be educated in the language, manners, and style of a gentleman. An excited Pip climbs aboard the London coach unaware of two things: This new world may be even more dangerous than the old, and he hasn't seen the last of Abel Magwitch.
Narrated by an older, wiser Pip, who is tougher on himself than on his antagonists, Great Expectations takes a hard look at English society during the Industrial Revolution and the true cost of upward mobility.
From the Jacket
Come here! You may kiss me, if you like." I kissed her cheek as she turned it to me. I think I would have gone through a great deal to kiss her cheek. But I felt that the kiss was given to the coarse common boy as a piece of money might have been, and that it was worth nothing.
About the Author
Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1812 and raised in London. His great sympathy for the poor started to develop when his father was thrown into debtor's prison and Charles, only twelve years old, was forced into factory work. A jouranlist before writing his first novel, The Pickwick Papers (1836 - 37), Dickens died of a stroke in 1870, while writing his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.