Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens

Great Expectations

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Book Summary

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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.

Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) Book Reviews

G.O.A.T.This is a really great and well written book by Charles Dickens. It's an instant classic..Score: 5/5

Great classic!Although the writing was difficult to read, at times because of the time period the book was written, Dickens storytelling and description of Pip made me excited to continue reading the entire novel..Score: 4/5

Do not read this bookDon't read.Score: 1/5

Lovely book!Very captivating and overall a very enjoyable book! There are many wonderful plot twists and very interesting writing style. Definitely recommend this book!.Score: 5/5

WhyThis was one of the worst books I've ever read..Score: 1/5

Not A Book, But A Work of ArtCharles Dickens is an author that just blew my mind away! When I was reading it I felt that I was actually going through the adventure with Pip! I started reading this book when I was in fifth grade and so far it has been amazing! The people who gave it low ratings just don't understand it. THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.Score: 5/5

Great expectationsI am 13 and just read this very long book for school. As a teen I thought it was very dumb and boring as it went along but everything started to connect and even though some chapters are boring I think it was worth my time to read and taught me lots of lessons. It takes a while to read. I read it over a period if 3 months but I'm a teen I'm sure if u could consistently read it would get done faster..Score: 4/5

It was alright.I had to read this for a class and I really wasn't feeling it. I don't understand why Pip is obsessed with Estella. I feel like some things in the book really just were unnecessary. Just not my "cup of tea"..Score: 2/5

Dickens at his bestA classic that needs to be read again and again!.Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsFor those who enjoy classical literature with the utmost twists and turns. A truly wonderful book..Score: 5/5

LoveOne of my favorite classics.Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsI can’t remember if I read this book in school, but this time I really enjoyed it. There is a lot of humor in Great Expectations. Plus, Charles Dickens is a master of lyrical prose and some passages passages have descriptions that can make the reader stop and take a breath and read the passage over again..Score: 5/5

WowMy brother fell asleep reading this book on the 4th page. Mr.Charles Dickens..Score: 1/5

Stupid long winded tomeMy title says it all.Score: 1/5

SurrealIt’s like reading a dream. Wow.Score: 5/5

I can see how it can bore youThis book is good if you truly understand and comprehend the story. If you are just trying to find a book to read casually it can be boring..Score: 3/5

GIt grate book has a lovely story!!!!!!.Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsQuite exemplary work of Charles dickens, a recommended read for any Who look for a book filled with plot twists and detailed storytelling..Score: 5/5

Quite EngagingI read this on my iphone5. It was always handy, even offline. Dickens creates great imagery and lost me in the characters many times and I am thankful for that. I was also lost in old English, but would find my way back eventually. All in all a classic and thankful that I read it..Score: 5/5

WhatWhat.Score: 1/5

Great ExpectationsA masterpiece of human insight... interesting at first, but gets a bit slow. If you persevere in reading, the book takes off at a dead run and finishes with a flourish! Well worth the time to read..Score: 5/5

Review of Great ExpectationsThis book is dull and tedious with very few exciting moments in these fifty nine chapters,and would drag on with words describing the scenery. There are more words in this book describing his surroundings than actually moving the storyline along and the old English grammar makes it even harder to comprehend and makes it even more tiresome than it could have been in modern day English grammar.The final chapter was not a very good ending,however the chapter before was actually in my opinion was better than the prevailing ending,because in chapter fifty eight it shows where all the living characters were and how they had their happy or unhappy endings. Even though the actual ending showed how in the end Pip never gets the woman that he was obsessing over in almost all the chapters and was talking about nonstop. I would not recommend this book unless you like repetitive books with an awful endings..Score: 1/5

Blah blahCharles dickens is one of my favorite authors but this book is so boring..Score: 2/5

HorribleI had to read this book for summer reading, and it was one of the worst books I have ever read. It is boring and way too long. Do Not Read this book if you do not have to..Score: 1/5

Free or NotIs it free though?.Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsThis book is an astounding classic..Score: 5/5

Mediocre ExpectationsI had to read this book in English class. Had to say it was very painful to read due to the old language. The majority of the class used sparknotes/shmoop to actually understand what was going on. HOWEVER, the plot was good, and the idea of the story was well written. Although it is hard to read in our times it must have been a hit back in the ol' days. Probably would not get through this book if I were to read it alone though..Score: 3/5

Absolutely BeautifulThis book was extremely thought provoking and overall just wonderful. Charles Dickens comes through again. Some say this is a sad book but I strongly disagree. There are two endings and I do recommend checking them both out. They are equally interesting and satisfying in my opinion bc it didn’t change or affect the main lesson of the story itself. The book is about sacrifice and priorities and family, the journey through those things and the lessons learned from them..Score: 5/5

GreatGreat classics! Very much enjoyed!.Score: 5/5

A Master Piece indeed.A Literary Classic.A Great Read For Young or Elderly..Score: 4/5

Great ExpectationsThis is a fabulous story, full of real life lessons and guidance to navigate hardships and disappointments in life without succumbing to them. The main people in this story were molded by all of these things in their lives and ended up with great characters. People today could learn a lot from this story. I highly recommend it - especially to younger adults..Score: 5/5

A nice novelThis novel is really good and has a deep meaning..Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsVery Boring and slow. Meaningful, though..Score: 3/5

Great story! We'll told!Amazing book from a true master storyteller. This digital edition is also well made. I may have found one error. The book uses double quotes as the top level quotes—I thought they used single quotes in Britain..Score: 5/5

SwagSwag.Score: 5/5

FlawlessA true inspiration..Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsI loved how tenderly he speaks of himself when he was just a little Pip. The endearing way that he describes his little self, is heartwarming and amusing..Score: 5/5

Great Expectations far exceeded.Amazing book. Could not put it down! The humor, candor, building up and subsequent supposed tearing down of Pip was excellent in every way. A true masterpiece..Score: 5/5

GREAT BOOKI absolutely love the plot of this book, the storyline is amazing. Dickens builds a great amount of suspense in this novel. But it is so hard to read I wouldn't have understand it if It weren't for my English Teacher and spark notes. Very hard to follow but if I lived back when this was written I would give it 5 stars!💗.Score: 4/5

Great ExpectationsDon’t read this book.Score: 1/5

WORST EVERBy far the worst book I have ever read for school and my entire freshman class, including my teacher, hated it! Unbelievably boring and confusing as all hell. I wish there was a zero star option because of how much I hate Charles Dickens' writing. Horribly boring and only read if forced to by a school. Again, I don't understand how people find this piece of crap enjoyable or any good of that matter..Score: 1/5

Great ExpectationsIt was a great book..Score: 5/5

Nice bookI liked the book although I wish it had a better ending.Score: 4/5

ONE OF MY FAVOROTESI grew up reading this book and the story always captivated me. The details of the cobwebs, corpse like bride, and cold hearted manners of most of the characters, kept my attention the entire time. This book started my love of gothic novels. If you enjoy Dickens work I highly recommend it..Score: 5/5

Great ExpectationsA story of many a life..Score: 4/5

DickensSuch a marvelous writer. Very humorous..Score: 5/5

Great expectationsLong book.Score: 1/5

A great classic for sure!No movie or mini-series has done it justice..Score: 5/5

Seen movie now reading the actual book.First time reading and what journey 💜. I’ve seen the movie starring Ethan Hawk and I loved it. I didn’t know a book pre existed the movie! I was watching Power Book 1 and they’ve mentioned this book as an assignment to a class. So I was intrigued and took a ride and wow it was an incredible ride..Score: 5/5

Yk it wasn’t badIf i read this w/o summaries and my teacher’s plot explanations id give this a solid 1 star but it kind of gets better at the end. like it’s easier to understand and more interesting, at least for me. characters are a 10/10 frl.Score: 4/5

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

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

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

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

OopIiop.Score: 1/5

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

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

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

Great ExpectationsGreat book.Score: 5/5

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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

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

CrumpetsI had Crumpets.Score: 1/5


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

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

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

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

DickensA classic.Score: 4/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brilliant...Score: 5/5

BadDon’t read.Score: 1/5

ClassicClassic book.Score: 5/5

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

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

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

Mosmos05Brilliant.Score: 5/5

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AleciaaaSeems great!.Score: 5/5

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

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

Great ExpectationsWOW MUST GET.Score: 5/5

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