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A young orphan named Pip is the main character in Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations. Beginning from humble origins in the home of his guardians, Pip's eye is drawn to a more lavish and aristocratic lifestyle when he meets the eccentric old Miss Havisham and her beautiful niece Estella. An unexpected fortune from a mysterious donor draws Pip closer to the glamorous life and people he desires, and yet further from those who truly love him. As life sends a series of ups and downs his way, Pip is forced to confront hard facts about his chosen lifestyle and learn who his true friends are. A novel with two different endings, Great Expectations is a brilliant example of Dickens's expertly crafted plots, unforgettable characters, sparkling humor, and touching observations of human life.
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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was uniquely successful as a writer during his lifetime, enjoying huge followings from readers and audiences in England and America. When, early in life, sudden misfortune sent his family into extreme poverty, the young Charles was sent to work in a factory. Never forgetting this childhood misery, Dickens wrote often in later life about the plights of the working poor. As a young man he became a law clerk and stenographer, moving into journalism in the 1830s. Dickens's early journalistic sketches formed the basis for his first literary works. With the 1836 serialized publication of The Pickwick Papers, his unparalleled success as an author began. Dickens went on to write such famous novels as David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Barnaby Rudge, Hard Times, and Bleak House, with all of his works remaining in print to this day.Back to top
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My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.
I give Pirrip as my father's family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister - ...
Reviewed by andrejules on Apr 1, 2011
I don't remember ever reading this Dickens classic. If I haven't, I am delighted I am reading it now. I believe the author has the same great
gift as Orson Scott Card, the ability to convey the very inner thoughts and feelings of a young person.
Reviewed by floraash on Jan 18, 2011
It's an amazing and an interesting book.
Reviewed by Bond on May 6, 2009
Classic but convoluted
It was just too long and complicated. I wrote down all of the characters, which helped to keep track, but if I hadn't had daily installments I probably would have forgotten what happened halfway through! However, once you understand the tricky Dickens language, there were actually some really funny parts and scathing criticisms of Victorian society.
Reviewed by andreacarrijo on Mar 20, 2009
One of the best books ever written!
Reviewed by Hira on Aug 14, 2008
Dicken has beautifully portrayted all the characters ,giving insight of psychology of Pip,Miss Havisham and the way he brougt up Estella to take revenge from male gender.Pip was fortunate enough to get good education and life style in London with the help of the convict who met little Pip in graveyard in early chapters of this novel.Miss Havisham was very unlucky ,his husbend left her at the very first evening of her marriage ,but she wanted to take her revenge from society and for that purpose she adopted Estella and poor Pip also became her victim a nd she broke her heart also.Well,it is a very good novel and i enjoyed reading it.
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