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Great Expectations
Great Expectations
Author: Charles Dickens
In the marshy mists of a village churchyard, a  tiny orphan boy named Pip is suddenly terrified by a  shivering, limping convict on the run. Years  later, a supremely arrogant young Pip boards the coach  to London where, by the grace of a mysterious  benefactor, he will join the ranks of the idle...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553213423
ISBN-10: 0553213423
Publication Date: 9/1/1982
Pages: 560
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 151 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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bizzney avatar reviewed Great Expectations on
Helpful Score: 2
I loved this book. We had to read it for AP English and I wasn't looking forward to reading ANOTHER boring classics. To Me all classics are very boring and depressing. THIS book on the otherhand kept me guessing. I never knew what was going to happen. It was a definite page turner, ore so than anyother classic book I've ever read.
pwp7669 avatar reviewed Great Expectations on
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Beautifully structured Dickens classic with an introduction by John Irving. This edition includes two different endings, both written by Dickens. [A]
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One of my top two favorite books. The only reason I'm posting this today is that I've gotten at least 8 copies over the years as gifts! Enjoy.
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A wonderful classic! It's too bad that it is not required reading for every high school and/or college student.
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I highly recommend this unabridged 14-CD edition of "Great Expectations." You will be enthralled by Frank Muller, the reader, who adds layers of dimension to one of the world's greatest literary achievements with his many distinct voices.
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Guilt and desire, money and the nature of capitalism are pervasive themes in Dicken's magnificent novel.
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probably Dickens' greatest novel...
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Book Description:

Pip, a poor orphan being raised by a cruel sister, does not have much in the way of great expectations between his terrifying experience in a graveyard with a convict named Magwitch and his humiliating visits with the eccentric Miss Havisham's beautiful but manipulative niece, Estella, who torments him until he is elevated to wealth by an anonymous benefactor. Full of unforgettable characters, Great Expectations is a tale of intrigue, unattainable love, and all of the happiness money can't buy. Great Expectations has the most wonderful and most perfectly worked-out plot for a novel in the English language, according to John Irving, and J. Hillis Miller declares, Great Expectations is the most unified and concentrated expression of Dickens's abiding sense of the world, and Pip might be called the archetypal Dickens hero.
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Dickens is one of my favorite authors, a delight to read.
Highly recommended.
cmthomp86 avatar reviewed Great Expectations on + 2 more book reviews
This is far and above, my favorite book of all I've read so far. I enjoy Dickens, personally, though. The read was long, getting it in audiobook from the library,as well, help me finish the book and stay focused on the story. Dickens has an amazing writing style.
einsteins-babygirl avatar reviewed Great Expectations on + 3 more book reviews
I first read this in my 9th grade English class. I would probably have never chosen to read it on my own, but I really enjoyed it. My teacher was amazing and he made the book bearable for the class and really made me appreciate it more than I think I would have on my own.
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A very thorough, interesting introduction by John Irving enhances this classic tale.
kentandmari avatar reviewed Great Expectations on
This is a kid style treatment of Great Expectations. It is a large format picture book by Gallery Books. It is a good abbreviated version for those who enjoy exposing young children to classical works.
jconn avatar reviewed Great Expectations on + 7 more book reviews
After watching a great movie that portrayed a modernized version of this book, and knowing that it was considered a real classic, I had great expectations for the original novel by Charles Dickens. The old-fashioned style of writing was annoying, especially at first, but after reading through the first few chapters I got a bit used to it. As it turned out to my great suprize, the plot of the original story by Dickens was totally different from the movie and no where near as good. As I got further and further into the book, MY great expectations for it quickly turned into great disappointments.
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My favorite book of all time (The one I'm sending posts the new Penguin Cover) though it has the same ISBN stragely.
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Pip is an orphan, alone in the world. Then his path crossed with that of an escapted convict, and his life is never the same again. From the decaying mansion of Miss Havisham and her cold, beautiful ward, Estella, to a new world of unexpected wealth, Pip must struggle to find his way. Mysterious forces are at work, shaping his life in a conspiracy of love, fear, fate, and chance. Pip knows the kind of life he was meant to lead. What he doesn't know is whether life will lead him in an altogether different -- and startling -- direction.
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simply one of the greatest novels in the English language...
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One of Dicken's most popular stories, this book takes us through a young boy's life as he finds out about firvigeness, love and forbearance. But most important, Pip learns that life is not without hope.

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