Great Expectations is Charles Dickens’s beloved, autobiographical tale of a poor boy haunted by a dark secret and harboring grand hopes for his future as a gentleman. Pip, the story’s narrator, takes us through his early life—from his brush with an escaped convict on the marshes of southeast England to his exposure to genteel society through the warped old Miss Havisham and her icy protégé, the alluring young Estella. Apprenticed to the blacksmith, the tender-hearted Joe, Pip’s fortunes change dramatically thanks to a mysterious benefactor, and he must figure out what is real and what is false as he navigates his new world, while never quite escaping his old. Considered by many to be Dickens’s greatest work, Great Expectations will transport you, move you, and stay with you forever.
Beautifully yet simply formatted, carefully edited, and featuring more than 30 illustrations from the artists who realized the first serialized chapters and many of the early book editions of Great Expectations, this is the definitive digital version of the Dickens classic.
Includes a short biography of Charles Dickens and an addendum of his originally conceived ending.
Great Expectations is the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and his penultimate completed novel: a bildungsroman that depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens's second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. The novel was first published as a serial in Dickens's weekly periodical All the Year Round, from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. In October 1861, Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes.The novel is set in Kent and London in the early to mid-19th century and contains some of Dickens's most memorable scenes, including the opening in a graveyard, where the young Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. Great Expectations is full of extreme imagery—poverty, prison ships and chains, and fights to the death—and has a colourful cast of characters who have entered popular culture. These include the eccentric Miss Havisham, the beautiful but cold Estella, and Joe, the unsophisticated and kind blacksmith. Dickens's themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. Great Expectations, which is popular both with readers and literary critics, has been translated into many languages and adapted numerous times into various media. Upon its release, the novel received near universal acclaim. Although Dickens's contemporary Thomas Carlyle referred to it disparagingly as that "Pip nonsense," he nevertheless reacted to each fresh instalment with "roars of laughter." Later, George Bernard Shaw praised the novel, as "All of one piece and consistently truthful." During the serial publication, Dickens was pleased with public response to Great Expectations and its sales; when the plot first formed in his mind, he called it "a very fine, new and grotesque idea."..
Nice one 45
Wonderful story with everything in it, so real. I would have preferred the original ending, more fitting. 55
Great book. Both my mom and I love it. Full of surprises. If you haven't read it, read it. I say this book is very captivating. 45
…and I wasn't disappointed. The best produced version of this story I've seen! 55
This book made me want to die 15
Great Expectations was too long and the story line seemed to drag on. I could barely finish it. Most of the characters were unbelievable. 15
Hmm..not what I expected. 35
It wasn't as good as I'd hoped. :) 45
It treads heavily in socioeconomic issues along with childhood to adult social mobility. Extremely long and tedious, and a waste of a novel idea. His characters are somewhat interesting, but character development is very stunted. Some "main" characters are not easy to connect to, merely because it may take 10 chapters to see them again. I only recommend this if you are a big Charles Dickens fan or enjoy poring over hundreds of dull chapters. 25
This is the first Dickens novel I've read. I felt a great sense of accomplishment considering I had to look up a word in the dictionary almost every sentence. The characters and dialogue are some of the best I've encountered in literature. The last half of the book really starts to get interesting, making it hard to put down. I recommend ready the original ending, which I found to be more fitting and satisfactory. 45