Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens
Published: 1861
Language: English
Wordcount: 185,258 / 424 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.4
LoC Category: PR
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"The story of the orphan Pip, writing his life from his early days of childhood until adulthood and trying to be a gentleman along the way. The story can also be considered semi-autobiographical of Dickens, like much of his work, drawing on his experiences of life and people."--Wikipedia

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After darkly looking at his leg and me several times, he came closer to my tombstone, took me by both arms, and tilted me back as far as he could hold me; so that his eyes looked most powerfully down into mine, and mine looked most helplessly up into his.

"Now lookee here," he said, "the question being whether you're to be let to live. You know what a file is?"

"Yes, sir."

"And you know what wittles is?"

"Yes, sir."

After each question he tilted me over a little more, so as to give me a greater sense of helplessness and danger.

"You get me a file." He tilted me again. "And you get me wittles." He tilted me again. "You bring 'em both to me." He tilted me again. "Or I'll have your heart and liver out." He tilted me again.

I was dreadfully frightened, and so giddy that I clung to him with both hands, and said, "If you would kindly please to let me keep upright, sir, perhaps I shouldn't be sick, and perhaps I could attend more."

He gave me a most tremendous dip and roll,

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Average Rating of 3.6 from 27 reviews: ****
2011.09.10
ME
*****

good book.looong but interesting for those who understand the characters well. Yes sort of a trajedy... but I still love the book. RECOMMENDED!

2011.09.03
mnhtapu
**...

A ramble of Social complexities experienced by the protagonist Pip...
Nothing fascinating here for adventure, thriller or mystery lovers among whom I'm one. Didn't like it at all.

2011.07.09
Scott
*****

I had read this book in high school and didn't like it. Reading it again now as an adult I found it much more enjoyable.

2011.01.29
Nocturne
*****

A turn of phrase, a dash of drollery, the ironies and odd insights and of course the eccentric usages of period writing, to say nothing of the foibles of the cast--this is much of what I find so delightful in this novel.

If, however, you prefer your fiction with machine-guns blazing and firebombs bursting, gift or regift this book to a more discerning reader and go have yourself a nice sit-down with some modern-day action-film hero.

2010.11.22
Anon
*....

Horrid. Like the previous review said, it is just a lesson you are taught at a very early age in this modern culture. I could not bare to read this book. I suffered through thinking it would become better. It did not. I can tell why mostly everyone loves it so much and that is because of how everything and everyone gets tied back into the story in the end. Overall it was an awful strung out story that is learned at a fairly young age. 400+ pages to tell you money doesn't buy happiness is excessive. Dickens failed.

2010.11.21
KC
*....

"Awful" does not even begin to describe the atrocity of this pathetically revered novel. "Dreadful" is getting there, but the only word I've ever come across that comes close to encompassing the book's many shortcomings is "ABOMINABLE". In all caps, yes.

Boring and uneventful, this steaming pile of excrement teaches no lesson that a ten-year-old with a decent upbringing could teach you; money does not a happy man make. Why Dickens needed 399 pages of fictitious drivel to articulate this message is beyond me. Terribly sorry, everyone, but this book is NOT deep. There is no extraordinary philospohical meaning to it. Noting we haven't all heard before.

However, the way this novel is worshipped among literary communities is almost as lamentable as the novel's complete lack of substance. Just by reading this site's reviews you can see that readers honestly believe that liking this book puts them in some sort of authority position, but I am under the belief it simply means they are easily amused, and perhaps are not nearly as selective as they should be. Truthfully, I believe that something is seriously wrong with someone if they are actually captivated with this uninteresting "classic".

2010.11.15
rajan
*****

Charles Dickens was a great author - on of the finest last century has produced. It needs a lot of thinking and empathy to understand his books. This book is an example of his thoughts of life of ordinary people. Those below who hurled expletives on him are ignorant people lacking finesse. there is a saying 'Donkeys know not the fragrane of a rose'

2010.11.14
mental scOtman
****.

A pretty hard book at first , but once you find what is going on it is a really good book to read.

Dickens has written this book and done it in such a way it is transferable to any generation what happens in the plot.

Great work charles

2010.08.31
eishal
*****

CHARLES DICKENS IS MY FAVT WRITER!
HE WAS PERSON OF GREAT SOUL

2010.07.18
azad
*****

the best book of all times this book truly captivte your mind and then the story flows. legendary read

2010.06.19
Oliver
****.

To all these people just saying "I hate it" and "it has no plot" grow up and post a real argument. That aside, this was a very interesting conceptual book not about a physical journey, but an emotional journey. For the immature teenagers "powerstudying" this at school who do not understand that, the book will seem boring and verbose. However someone who actually thinks and considers while reading will thoroughly enjoy seeing Pip mature and become less and less superficial as he discovers where his true loyalty should lie.

although Dickens is my fauvorite author and i do owe some deep allegiance to him for both his legacy and his morals i must admitt this book is quite hard to follow and the plot is very complicated and unfolds too much in every chapter. I had to devise a chart and family tree of the relatives, events and actions at the end to actually understand it. Well worth reading, but only for somewhat experienced and familiar Dickenarians

2010.05.13
kiki
*....

this is most boring book i have ever read.Oh my god ,its soooooooooooooooooooooooooo awfull,,,,,fuck it,,,,fuck charles

2010.01.04
Dan
****.

This book was somewhat ruined for me because I had seen the South Park episode before reading it. Nonetheless, the story itself is great, and while I must say the book is quite slow, Dickens crafts and delivers Pip's thoughts and point of view perfectly, and there is constantly that sense of guilt for all the problems of the world within him.

2009.10.11
Tim
*****

You guys are humiliating literature as a whole. No plot? Hard to follow? Only if you're speed reading it.

2009.09.05
courtney
*....

this book is the so boring. i have to read it for school and i am struggling through it because it is the worst book ever. i dont see how anyone could ever like this book.

2009.07.27
Himanshu
*****

Superb, mind blowing, classic novel. People have no knowledge of literature who says that its not good. I watched movie as well which is based on this novel(both the movies the old one and the new one as well) and its really close to my heart.

2009.07.21
Houman
*****

we never miss things that we never expected to have.

2009.02.27
Naveen
*****

This book is text book for my english subject. Its an abridged form but I want the total information of this novel. so i downloaded it

In my view this is a plain cool story(love,humour and romance)

This is the best book i had ever read
Thank You

2009.02.19
Ladiee101
*....

....This is the most boring book ive ever read, im in year 10 and were doing it for coursework...and i struggled to get past the first paragraph.- its so boring. Absolutely no plot.- cant even seem to understand what its about. I just cant be asked. The minute i heard the name of this book i just new it wa going to be soooo...crap...T_T

2009.01.04
Kevin
*....

This is the worst book i have ever read. there is no plot and it is too hard to follow.

2009.01.03
baksh
**...

Well i have to do it for my class eleven, and i found it very boring to read, but, the story is so good, that i can't tell you. I read the story online. And my rating is for the story.

2008.12.10
Nathanielle
***..

I suppose this book could be a wonderful classic. However, reading it in Honors English in which you are forced to write essays on symbolism, themes, etc. is NOT the way to go. So, if you know you will read this in the future for school, you should probably read it now to enjoy it, because it is NOT enjoyable to read in Honors English class!!! (btw, if you do happen to read it w/ school, please dont use sparknotes. it ruins the book)

This story has many unexpected turning points. It makes me hard to predict what will happen in next chapter!

2007.11.02
apollo
*****

i love this book,it is excellent!

2007.08.13
Bipolar Writer
****.

The stories of Charles Dickens are very easy to love.

Though not as popular as his other opuses, Great Expectations enchants the reader through--as with many of Dickens' works--memorable characters, clever use of words, and a well-woven plot. Wordiness and the author's seeming resentment of women are my only problems with this novel. 4. =)

2005.10.16
Lainey
*****

This is my first Dickens book and I thought the story was excellent. I thought it was dull at first but things start happening when Pip meets Miss Havisham and Estella and it gets exciting when Pip goes to London the mystery of the identity of his benefactor continues. Pip's transformation from a country boy to a gentleman then to a simple hardworking man (his head inflates a bit in London) is really the focus of this story.


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