Great Expectations & Hard Times
Considered by many to be Dickens' masterpiece, Great Expectations, completed in 1861, tells the engrossing story of Pip, a boy whose surprising journey to adulthood is mapped by the unseen hand of an escaped convict he helps one fateful and terrifying night. Hard Times, written seven years earlier, is a gripping novel of childhood, family life, and the evils of industriali...more
Hardcover, 792 pages
Published November 14th 2005 by Barnes & Nobles
(first published 1861)
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Summary: On Christmas Eve of 1812, Pip, a boy age 17, encounters an escaped convict in the churchyard while visiting his mother and father’s graves. The convict scares Pip into stealing food for him and files to grind away his leg shackles. Pip returns home where he lives with Mrs. Joe, his older sister her husband Joe Gargery.Pip steals some food from the pantry and drinks to take to the convict early that morning. This is an important event in the book because the convict will never forget th...more
A prolific 19th Century author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction and non-fiction; during his lifetime Dickens became known the world over for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose in the telling of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, morals and values of his times. Some considered him the spokesman for the poor, for he definitely brought much awarenes...moreMore about Charles Dickens...