No other novel in the English language so epitomizes upward mobility, the rise from poverty to wealth, as Great Expectations. Often considered to be one of Dickens's best novels, it tells the story of young Pip who is mysteriously helped by two people: escaped convict Magwitch and the eccentric dowager Miss Havisham. Here is storytelling at its best, alive with bigger-than...more
What's wrong, indeed.
I give them ten or fifteen years. Perhaps they'll have to read it again in college, or maybe they'll just try reading...more
The votes have been tallied, all doubts have been answered and it is official and in the books ...I am a full-fledged, foaming fanboy of Sir Dickens and sporting a massive man-crush for literature’s master story-teller*.
*Quick Aside: My good friend Richard who despises “Chuckles the Dick” is no doubt having a conniption as he reads this…deep breaths, Richard, deep breaths.
After love, love, loving A Tale of Two Cities, I wen...more
Even though I should expect some blowback, I still get a little defensive. I mean, no one wants to be called a “horrendous” person just because he or she didn’t like an overlong, self-indulgent, self-important “epic” about a douche-y peg leg and a stupid whale.
I’m no phili...more
My first introduction to Dickens was A Tale of Two Cities, which we were required to read in HS. It was also my first introduction to Cliff's Notes. :)
I tried Dickens again with Oliver Twist last year. It was abridged. I still could barely get through it, and ended up skipping ahead to the end -- something I almost never do.
It's not that Dickens' storylines aren't interesting to me, because they are. His cha...more
The only other Dickens novel I have read is A Christmas Carol. I have read that book a million times. I have started, but not finished, other books by Dickens. I was hesitant to start this and I wondered if I could finish it. For some reason, Dickens has always intimidated me and I'm not sur...more
Caro signor Charles,
noi ci siamo appena conosciuti. L’ho incontrata ieri sera, si ricorda? Ci hanno presentati, ci siamo stretti la mano. Lei ha fatto una battuta spiritosa e subito l’abbiamo vista prendere in mano la conversazione e animare la serata.
Come con tutte le persone che si conoscono da poco, io non ho poi capito se lei mi piaccia - se mi sia simpatico. Certo, è stato disinvolto e ha detto tante di quelle belle frasi. Ma...more
Orbene, chi pensate potrebbe essere Dickens, se vivesse ai nostri tempi?
Probabilmente un mix tra il regista di Beautiful, e il regista di una qualunque telenovela sudamericana.
I personaggi ci sono tutti. C’è quel paio di nuclei familiari attorno al quale la vicenda si muove, la contrapposizione tra il Bene e il Male, e l’effetto cliff-hanging, che ti tiene incollato alla vicenda grazie a rivelazioni spettacolari, (in cui si scopre che il figlio di Pilar, in realtà era...more
"...le nebbie della sera si alzarono ora, e in tutta l'ampia distesa di placida luce che mi mostrarono, non vidi nessuna parvenza di un'altra separazione da lei."
Mio Dio, che immensità. La completezza, l'interezza delle opere di Dickens è incommensurabile. E' un autore a trecentosessanta gradi; nei suoi libri c'è tutto: amicizia, amore, odio, rabbia, per poi andare alle sfumature, dalla gratitudine all' ingratitudine, e poi rimorso, tenerezza, umorismo, simpatia, pentimento. E speranza, of cours...more
Si astengano dalla lettura di questa recensione tutti gli amanti di Dickens o chiunque abbia sinceramente apprezzato “Grandi Speranze”, vi avverto, non vi piacerà quello che scriverò.
Ho impiegato un mese a leggere questo libro, e quando ho bisogno di cosi tanto tempo le cause sono due, o sono impegnata in un'opera di 1200 pagine, oppure il libro non mi piace.
Per “Grandi Speranze”, purtroppo e a malincuore, è la seconda opzione:non mi è piaciuto,per nient...more
Best to get someone else to sum up the story rather than undergo the torture of reading it.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is a wonderful story with many characters rich in diversity and complexity. From our lowly poor Pip who comes into money, to the quintessential tease, Estella, to the jilted bride Miss Havisham, and many others. Romance, love, betrayal, murder, and suspense are just a few of the aspects of this story, but are not even needed to draw you in. Dickens has created here a tapestry of a multitude of storylines, all touchin...more
Pip, an orphan, meets an escaped convict and treats him kindly. This simple action will change Pip's life forever. Pip falls in love with Estella, a cold-hearted girl, who, thanks to bitter Miss Havisham, has been well-trained as a heartbreaker. She is wealthy and looks down on Pip, a poor boy with no expectations.
When a mysterio...more
My favorite characters are Joe Gargery, the gentle and loving blacksmith; the faithful Herbert Pocket; and the helpful Mr. Wemmick and his Aged P.
I've been seeing a recurring theme in several of Dickens' novels--a degrading reliance on hopes of the future to the detriment of the duties and...more
(view spoiler)[Harkening back to its original publication history, I read Great Expectations as an accelerated serial: one installment a day, over the span of two months. Accordingly, I was able to garner an appreciation for Dickens' pacing, and savour every tension-wrought cliff-hanger. I also didn't notice how the novel's mood was gradually being darkened by imperceptible degrees; so when I reached the e...more
Really nice book.
Unfortunately, I read it at the age of 11 so it was quite a trauma for me, a story of a boy who indirectly lives on his own and have this creepy monster as a sister and I felt so sorry for him and wanted to stop because it made me too depressed (still, 11 year old) but I continued anyway, that's when I read about the dark house of M. (this time I mean Monster or MareBride) and its picture scared the hell outta me, again, I wanted to stop reading, but I decide to give it a last...more
This is the first novel I ever read, and how is that for a start? :|
It has a storyline with which I can relate to in its fullest sense, I laugh with Pip and I cry with him. It is almost as if his emotions are mine.
I travel with him to London and when I come back home I hear the death news of my elder sister. SubhanAllah I literally feel my sister has passed away!
All in all, it is a novel to have in possession. The re...more
Second read at University.
Might have to try again.
I remember hating it the first time. Really enjoying it the second time. I have the suspicion that at school they have us read things too early.
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Aug 2011: Third time as an audio book, courtesy of Librivox: here
I love the way the perceptions change. Pip as a young man sees things in one way; Pip as an adolescent, then as a young man in another way. All captured so perfectly.
Favorite characters: Mr Wemmick...more
Let's see, hmmmm, boy is poor. Boy falls in love with well-to-do girl. Boy reforms well. Girl is manipulated to dump boy in a predictable fashion. Lot's of words in between. Boy is chopped up by a meat cleaver and his cadaver is launched into space by hot aire balloon. Space chimps reconstruct boy and send him back to Earth. He lands on miss Havisham. Her toes curl up like a wicked witch... admit it this review is already better than the book.
Why is Charles...more
I also have my Folio hardback which is exquisite in itself.
It's odd that one can read another book by a completely different author and be given the need to compare it with Dickens, our master story teller.
[Update] Inzwischen in das letzte Drittel vorgedrungen. Weiter sehr angetan. Auf der Metaebene find ich persönlich interessant: so viele Verben ...
[Update nach Ende] Sehr guter Anhang! Insgesamt absolut empfehlenswert. Wer immer schon mal wissen wollte, was es mit diesem Dickens auf sich hat, der nehme diese Ausgabe zur Hand.
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