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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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Apr 12, 11

Read in March, 2011

My last attempt at an unabridged Dickens novel was A Tale Of Two Cities at age 15, which I gave up at page 70 because NOTHING WAS HAPPENING and I was clawing my face off from boredom. So it was with some trepidation that I approached this book a lifetime later... only to be very pleasantly surprised.

Great Expectations is witty, funny, fast-ish paced and full of very engaging, memorable characters. The first-person narration is among the best I've ever read, just absolutely pitch-perfect throughout. Some aspects of the plot can come across as a little bit dated, but whatever. It's obvious why it's considered a classic - and you can't say that about very many other classics, can you?

A word of caution: don't judge this book by any abridged version you may have read as a child. Almost the entire point of Great Expectations is in its language: witty dialogue, touches of humor through wordplay, that fantastic narrative voice. I blame that awful "Pocket Books" version I read at age 9 or 10 for making me think this was just another hackneyed poor-boy-loves-rich-girl story...
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