Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens

Great Expectations

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Book Summary

Great Expectations is Charles Dickens’s beloved, autobiographical tale of a poor boy haunted by a dark secret and harboring grand hopes for his future as a gentleman. Pip, the story’s narrator, takes us through his early life—from his brush with an escaped convict on the marshes of southeast England to his exposure to genteel society through the warped old Miss Havisham and her icy protégé, the alluring young Estella. Apprenticed to the blacksmith, the tender-hearted Joe, Pip’s  fortunes change dramatically thanks to a mysterious benefactor, and he must figure out what is real and what is false as he navigates his new world, while never quite escaping his old. Considered by many to be Dickens’s greatest work, Great Expectations will transport you, move you, and stay with you forever.

Beautifully yet simply formatted, carefully edited, and featuring more than 30 illustrations from the artists who realized the first serialized chapters and many of the early book editions of Great Expectations, this is the definitive digital version of the Dickens classic.

Includes a short biography of Charles Dickens and an addendum of his originally conceived ending.

Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) Book Reviews

Great ExpectationsA slow read for the Old English is hard to keep up with but a profound story with unexpected twists. Beautifully written & relevant in its life lessons and characters..Score: 3/5

-ASo boring. Chapter 1 go to sleep.Score: 1/5

Do not waste your timeYou slowly did each time you read a page. Worst book ever. It is slow, boring and never accomplishes anything..Score: 1/5

Great ExpectionsOne of the best books ever written!! Along with Gone with the Wind..Score: 5/5

Not good...Great Expectations was too long and the story line seemed to drag on. I could barely finish it. Most of the characters were unbelievable..Score: 1/5

OkIt wasn't as good as I'd hoped. :).Score: 4/5

Great ExpectationsGreat book. Both my mom and I love it. Full of surprises. If you haven't read it, read it. I say this book is very captivating..Score: 4/5

Great ExoectationsThe man got paid by the word. It's too long..Score: 1/5

My first taste of DickensThis is the first Dickens novel I've read. I felt a great sense of accomplishment considering I had to look up a word in the dictionary almost every sentence. The characters and dialogue are some of the best I've encountered in literature. The last half of the book really starts to get interesting, making it hard to put down. I recommend ready the original ending, which I found to be more fitting and satisfactory..Score: 4/5

...BORING.Score: 2/5

Just noThis book made me want to die.Score: 1/5

Grt XNot the worst book I've ever read but the ending is disappointing and much of the middle drags on. My experienced English teacher said that Dickens was paid by the word for this book while publishing it chapter by chapter in a's fairly obvious that was the case, if you know what I mean..Score: 3/5

Great ExectationsExcellent writing, giving us to contemplate each action. The writing makes us discover words that are seldom used now. It was enjoyable to research words and see how they make this story evolve..Score: 5/5

Great expectations..Hmm..not what I expected..Score: 3/5

Dickens finestAs usual Mr Dickens has THE way of putting the reader right there in the novel making you feel like you are apart of it! It's the reason why he continues to be one of the greatest writers..Score: 5/5

Captivating!!!If you are aspiring to be come a writer of any sort, read a few Dickens books first..Score: 5/5

The best series of public domain books ever.Very beautifully produced!.Score: 5/5

EnjoyThis is a book that I really enjoyed. I love how the protagonist realizes that his judgement of others should have been directed at himself..Score: 2/5

LameSoooooooo dammmmnnnnnn boring it's ridiculous.Score: 1/5

Great expectationsWonderful story with everything in it, so real. I would have preferred the original ending, more fitting..Score: 5/5

Long book but great.True classic..Score: 5/5

Not a light read.It treads heavily in socioeconomic issues along with childhood to adult social mobility. Extremely long and tedious, and a waste of a novel idea. His characters are somewhat interesting, but character development is very stunted. Some "main" characters are not easy to connect to, merely because it may take 10 chapters to see them again. I only recommend this if you are a big Charles Dickens fan or enjoy poring over hundreds of dull chapters..Score: 2/5

LameBORING!!!.Score: 1/5

Good readNice one.Score: 4/5

I had Great Expectations...…and I wasn't disappointed. The best produced version of this story I've seen!.Score: 5/5

BoringSooooooooooooooooo slllllllooooooowww.Score: 1/5

Life LessonThis book really moved me, and even after the ending, I kept thinking about it for days. Charles Dickens does an amazing job of keeping the characters diverse and intriguing. Would definatly recommend to another person who loves reading just as much as I..Score: 5/5

Ehhhh...I read this in my Language Arts class. I read it ALL. I practically died. It's a hard reader, a very "the worst possible outcome happens" book. Although it had some good parts, it wasn't enough to balance the rest of the hundreds of boring pages. But it is a classic, so I guess if you want to say you've read it, get the cliff notes..Score: 2/5

Amazing read for the young and old.This is an amazing read for generations to come. I did not read this copy, I ready one that was published in the 80's. There is not much of a difference between the reads. I recommend this story for 5th grade and up.Score: 5/5

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