Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens

Great Expectations

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Book Summary

An Apple Books Classic edition.
Charles Dickens’ classic explores potent themes like good versus evil, crime, repentance, love and betrayal. At the center of the story is Pip, an impoverished orphan who dreams of a better life. When a mysterious benefactor gifts Pip a substantial fortune, he’s rescued from a life of deprivation and abuse-and introduced to a memorable host of characters: the bizarre Miss Havisham, a wealthy heiress who was spurned at the altar; her cold, austere ward Estella, who eventually breaks Pip’s heart; and an escaped convict who teaches Pip that people aren’t always what they seem.

Dickens’ novel-which was originally serialized in a weekly newspaper-contains major plot twists at every turn, which accounts for its enduring popularity. It’s a gripping read and a thrilling portrait of Victorian England.

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Really Good. Not Necessarily Great.Honestly (and ironically) this book was not as good as I thought it would be. I’ve tried to read as many classics as I can over the past few years and unlike most, this one just didn’t live up to all the hype. There were long stretches where I struggled to stay interested. Don’t get me wrong, Dickens was a literary genius and the writing is well worth the historical recognition. I just expected it to be a bit more… grand?.Score: 3/5

😊I love classics and this book is one of my favourites! It's just fun to read.😉.Score: 5/5

Its ArtDepth of character and storyline no longer capable of modern writers.Score: 5/5

ClassicsClassics are classics for a reason. This one certainly stood the test of time. I pity those who say they have no time to read, or read only that which is easy and popular to read at the time. Thank you Mr. Dickens, we are enriched by your wisdom..Score: 4/5

MehIt was a good book, but it got a little boring at times.Score: 3/5

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Love itMy absolute favorite of all time story. I just love it!.Score: 5/5

Great expectationsWhat an amazing book. From the start the characters come alive and the story is amazing. Truly inspirational writing. The age of this book is irrelevant as it is truly timeless.Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsI really enjoyed this book. What a great writer..Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsGreat book.Score: 5/5

GreatA well loved classic that I truly enjoyed.Score: 5/5

OopIiop.Score: 1/5

Great ExpectationsOne of the best novels ever written..Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsWhat a beautiful story. Growing up with Pip and making his mistakes with him, something we can all relate to. Timeless..Score: 4/5

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Amazing.I first read this book 5 years ago for a school essay and absolutely fell in love with it..Score: 5/5

NOT EVEN WORTH A STARThe worst book I've ever read.Score: 1/5

Great ExpectationsFirst classic I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will now consider more Dickens. I was pleasantly surprised by the humour, and laughed out loud several times. Dickens creates atmospheres and ambience you can almost smell. His characters are complete, you know precisely what you are dealing with. Great read, persevere with the language and you start to appreciate it..Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsWOW MUST GET.Score: 5/5

CrumpetsI had Crumpets.Score: 1/5

Great expectationsA very good read and not like your everyday book not an expected ending.Score: 3/5

GreatI am so glad I found this we are doing this for a project at school and I have already fell in love with this book it is fab it makes you want to red more.Score: 5/5

ClassicClassic book.Score: 5/5

A ClassicThoroughly enjoyed the book. A true classic and it's free, what more could you ask for?.Score: 4/5

DickensA classic.Score: 4/5

Good bookI have this book at school and i can read it here now thx.Score: 5/5

Best book ever!!!I didn’t want to read books when I was little but this one was amazing!!!!.Score: 5/5

BrilliantI saw a spoof of this on the TV show "South Park" and I saw it on here and thought I'd give it a go and I loved it. South park added some laughs in but the original version by C. D is an absolute joy to read ~ A must get (it's free anyway) you won't be disappointed!.Score: 4/5

Great expectationsIt is good story but awfully difficult to read.... Took me long time to get it finished!.Score: 3/5


Excellent.To be honest I didn't have 'Great Expectations' about this book thinking it really wouldn't appeal to me. How wrong I was..Score: 5/5

Brilliant...Score: 5/5

Thoroughly enjoyable readThis is my first Dickens novel and I have thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Dickens is far more accessible than I thought and his style, humour and insight to the human character has confirmed to me why this author is still so revered today... I'm off to download another!.Score: 5/5

Maybe it's just meDescribes London and atmosphere at that time brilliantly otherwise did not satisfy my expectations . The story is average and well....... You decide..Score: 2/5

“O dear old Pip,old chap,”I certainly enjoyed your expectations old chap you and mr dickens did owes proud. I loved this marvellous book and eternally great full thank you. It’s just goes to show,how lucky wi are to get us an education,that I think many of us take for granted. And forget how difficult it was for our ancestors..Score: 5/5

What the...Fabulous read , exceeded my expectations.Score: 5/5

No no noTooo long and not for me.Score: 1/5

BrilliantThis book definitely exceeded my own expectations. It keeps a good pace, has lots of memorable characters and plenty of unexpected turns in the story. Not always rosy but always hopeful and absolutely couldn't put it down..Score: 5/5

Mosmos05Brilliant.Score: 5/5

Memorable and thought provokingI discovered this book in secondary school and it’s remained a firm favourite ever since. The characters are fascinating and unique, and the book has a gripping plot with several dramatic plot twists and Dickens’ distinctive, whimsical prose. He movingly explores timeless issues such as crime and punishment, the corrupting influence of money and ambition, nature vs nurture etc. As other reviewers have pointed out, the book is quite long, but it’s worth the effort!.Score: 5/5

Satisfying endingDickens crafts this story so we can delve into the innermost thoughts of the protagonist, Pip. We journey with him through his desires: from marrying Estella, to becoming a great gentleman. Once he becomes this gentlemen, he perceives it to be an opportunity of a lifetime and he casts his life of poverty into a metaphorical abyss. However, Pip soon realises that great expectations do not fulfil the satisfaction that is derived from a loving marriage, friends and honest trade - even if that means being poor. Dickens constructs Pip to subtly teach us to value the most important virtues in life; it was written in Victorian England where the divide between the poor and rich was great, and so stemmed avarice and jealousy..Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsAtmospheric, intriguing and a real page-turner. The themes of this story stayed with me throughout the day as I was reading it. Dickens at his best!.Score: 5/5

BadDon’t read.Score: 1/5

One of Dickens's best novelsPerhaps only bettered by Bleak House this is a delightful study of social class and unrequited love..Score: 5/5

WonderfulIt is probably thirty years since I last read this book. I read it as a boy and fell into it. I came upon it again on iBooks, read a few chapters and was hooked all over again. I had remembered it being a classic but had forgotten how evocative and powerful it was. Enjoy..Score: 5/5

Pretty good!This book is quite good although it does take a while to get into it but once you do it gets better from there and onwards. It never failed to surprise me and turned out the exact opposite to what I predicted- something I do often when reading and the majority of the time get right! This just shows how good this book is as it doesn't fail to surprise so keeps it intriguing, the only downside which is why it is four star is purely its slow going..Score: 4/5

Great ExpectationsReally great book, written in such a way that you feel like you know the characters personally..Score: 5/5

BrilliantThis books is priceless along with all dickens' work, hence they are all free..Score: 5/5

AleciaaaSeems great!.Score: 5/5

Good read but not 5 starSomething was missing.Score: 4/5

Very boringVery very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very boring still 5 stars though.Score: 5/5

BookI liked it but it was way to long I would rather feed my pet crumpet.Score: 1/5

Great Expectations By Charles DickensGreat in every sense of the word. A fantastically crafted book with powerful characters and a dastardly plot, which has so many twists and turns it pulls the reader in and holds them fiercely in it’s grasp. I’m reading this book again after many years and find it even better than I remembered it! A true classic..Score: 5/5

Awful, just awfulAwful characters, awful plot, wanted to burn my iPod after the first chapter.Score: 1/5

NoiceIt’s noice, lots of pages to keep you reading Just noice.Score: 5/5

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