A mysterious benefactor provides Philip Pirrip with the chance to escape his poor upbringing. Aspiring to be a gentleman, and encouraged by his expectations of wealth, he abandons his friends and moves to London. His expectations prove to be unfounded, however, and he must return... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||English fiction, 19th century
||General & Literary Fiction
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Great Expectations charts the progress of Pip from childhood through often painful experiences to adulthood, as he moves from the Kent marshes to busy, commercial London, encountering a variety of extraordinary characters ranging from Magwitch, the escaped convict, to Miss Havisham, locked up with her unhappy past and living with her ward, the arrogant, beautiful Estella. Pip must discover his true self, and his own set of values and priorities. Whether such values allow one to prosper in the complex world of early Victorian England is the major question posed by Great Expectations, one of Dickens's most fascinating, and disturbing, novels. This edition includes the original, discarded ending, Dickens's brief working notes, and the serial instalments and chapter divisions in different editions. It also uses the definitive Clarendon text.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 21 2003
Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
||The Good Book Guide review: 'I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.' Great Expectations charts Pip's progress from childhood through often painful experiences to adulthood, as he moves from the Kent marshes to busy, commercial London. En route he encounters a variety of extraordinary characters ranging from Magwitch, escaped convict, to Miss Havisham, locked up with her unhappy past and living with her ward, the arrogant, beautiful Estella. In this compelling book, Charles Dickens shows the dangers of being driven by a desire for wealth and social status. Pip must establish his own sense of self against the plans which others seem to have for him, and thus discover his own values and priorities. Whether such values will allow one to prosper in early Victorian Britain is, however, the main question posed by Great Expectations, one of Dickens's most fascinating and disturbing novels. Beryl Bainbridge writes: This should be read at night, by firelight if possible. Surely no novel has ever inspired such an opening chapter. It helps if you like churchyards. As a child I used to walk down to Formby shore in double summer-time, the mist rolling in from the sea, which is why I can't forget young Pip's encounter with the convict in irons. (Kirkus UK)
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