Wednesday, February 29

Book Review: Great Expectations


Title: Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens

Pages:  460

Summary: One of Charles Dickens most fascinating novels, Great Expectations follows the orphan Pip as he leaves behind a childhood of misery and poverty after an anonymous benefactor offers him a chance at the life of a gentleman. From the young Pip’s first terrifying encounter with the convict Magwitch in the gloom of a graveyard to the splendidly morbid set pieces in Miss Havisham’s mansion to the magnificently realized boat chase down the These, Great Expectations is filled with the transcendent excitement that only Dickens can so abundantly provide. Written in 1860, the height of his maturity, it also reveals the novelist’s bittersweet understanding of the extent to which our deepest moral dilemmas are born of our own obsessions and illusions.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was my first Dickens book I finished. It was slow in a lot of parts, I do wish I picked up a book of his that moved a little faster for a first time read, but overall it was a very well written and enjoyable read.

I enjoyed the look a Pips life and how he grew up, the author parallels the depressed life of Pip and the almost grey setting perfectly - Dickens was fantastic at creating an atmosphere to allow the reader to truly appreciate the feel of the book. The writing style also adds to the reading experience. I absolutely love the authors style of writing and you can easily get lost in it. I did find this book to move slowly and even the writing style, there were a lot of slow spots.

The characters were also well done, Pip was a very intriguing character and I enjoyed the look at his life from childhood to adulthood. I hated some characters because they were just that miserable group of people. For the most part I thought the author did a good job at creating a complex cast of characters. Unfortunately none of them really stuck with me - the characters were well thought  - the characters were well thought out yes, but none are ones that will stick with me now that I'm done with the book.

Overall a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading another Dickens soon.

Would I recommend it to read: I would it was a good book, the plot does have a lot of slow parts, but the overall story was a great coming of age tale
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What to read next: The Count of Monte Cristo, More Charles Dickens



8 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite books of all time, and it's what started my love affair with Dickens. I am glad that you liked it! Your review was wonderful as well!

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    1. It was a good first experience with Dickens, I'm now trying to decide which one to read next.

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  2. On my side, it's a different story! Page 158 and I can't take it anymore... I feel guilty but there are too much books to read in my pile!

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    1. The book is not for everyone, and I can see that it being a bit slow, especially in the beginning, affect the experience for some people.

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  3. I enjoyed this one, but it is by no means my favorite Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities gets that honor (of the works I've read so far!). Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. Tale of Two Cities and Hard times are currently bouncing between which Dickens to read next. Glad to hear Tale of Two Cities is a favourite.

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  4. I haven't read a lot of Dickens, but I suspect this is about as fast-paced as he gets lol. Certainly, it's the most tightly-plotted of the novels I've read.

    On a side note, interesting cover - I've not seen that one before. Who's the publisher?

    My review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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    1. The book is part of the Premier Classics set I own. Approx. 61 - 63 titles. I bought them all at Chapters/Indigo in Canada. They all have stunning covers. I haven't seen them sold anywhere else but Chapters/Indigo.

      It probably is as face paced as he gets, but in some cases a slow moving book can be a great one. Thanks for sharing your review!

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