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

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

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

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

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

Dark troubling and finally met my expectations.It's long, somewhat difficult to read, but every time I bookmarked a page the previous chapters I read lingered in my mind and I kept coming back for more. This book is haunting and real. Now that I've read this book I know it will remain in my thoughts forever because it felt as though I were experiencing every moment written inside..Score: 5/5

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

Great expectationsLong book.Score: 1/5

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

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

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

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

GIt grate book has a lovely story!!!!!!.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

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

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

FlawlessA true inspiration..Score: 5/5

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

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

LoveOne of my favorite classics.Score: 5/5

That's why it's a classicThis is an outstanding read..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 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

SwagSwag.Score: 5/5

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

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

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

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

WhatWhat.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

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

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

Beautiful writingFirst Dickens book I've read. I had to highlight certain sentences because I liked the sentence structure and word choice so much! On the other hand the story is wanting of a little something, but I'm not sure what..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 ExpectationsVery Boring and slow. Meaningful, though..Score: 3/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dickens at his bestA classic that needs to be read again and again!.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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

OopIiop.Score: 1/5

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

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

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

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

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CrumpetsI had Crumpets.Score: 1/5

Brilliant...Score: 5/5

AleciaaaSeems great!.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

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

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

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

ClassicClassic book.Score: 5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DickensA classic.Score: 4/5

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

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

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

Great ExpectationsWOW MUST GET.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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What the...Fabulous read , exceeded my expectations.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

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

No no noTooo long and not for me.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

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


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

Mosmos05Brilliant.Score: 5/5

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