Title: Great Expectations
Author: Charles Dickens
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
What to read next: The Count of Monte Cristo, More Charles Dickens