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Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

The last book of three that I read in my recent convalescence (shattered my elbow n’ that). Of all the Dickens novels I have read this has to be my favourite. One of the criticisms of Dickens larger novels is that they could have been edited better but with Great Expectations the latter criticism wouldn’t be a fair one. At about five hundred pages not a sentence is wasted. It’s register is perfect. The story is original, thoroughly mysterious, entertaining, humorous, and was fulfilling to me as a reader.

Many reading this probably know the plot as its one of the better known Dickens novels. In brief it’s the story of Pip, a poor orphan in the care of his sister and her Blacksmith husband Joe Gargery, and how Pip becomes a man of means and ,er, great expectations through a mysterious benefactor who is represented by one of Dickens best characters (one of my favourites anyway) Mr. Jaggers (Solicitor at Law), who is also a representative of the most mysterious and tragic character I have ever read of in a Dickens novel, Miss Havisham.

This may well be the best English Literature ‘classic’ I have ever had the pleasure to read. Free on Kindle.
Frazier Cranium

Original film adaptation's fecking ace too.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Sorry to hear about your elbow and hope you make a full recovery our kid

I've never attempted to read this one but enjoyed the John Mills film and the adaptation for TV in the 1990s with Anthony Hopkins as Magwitch "Bring me some tasty vittels maaaaster Pip my lad"
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
Sorry to hear about your elbow and hope you make a full recovery our kid

I've never attempted to read this one but enjoyed the John Mills film and the adaptation for TV in the 1990s with Anthony Hopkins as Magwitch "Bring me some tasty vittels maaaaster Pip my lad"


It's like he's in the room. Might try and track down the Hopkins performance. De Niro played him as well. Bit of improv with the script though "Hey kid bring me some tasty vittels maaaaster Pip my lad, and remember...... Always keep ya mouth shut and never rat on your friends"

Butts

Did this for A level and it's my favourite Dickens. Wemmick is a magnificent character, archetypal Dickens.
fartcatcher

The phrase 'hurt like the Dickens' comes from the pain experienced by those who have dropped one of his weighty tomes on their bare foot.

fact.

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