Book: Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:

Great Expectations-Charles Dickens

Great Expectations is one of Charles Dickens’s most famous works. It was published (as a novel in three volumes) in 1861. Pip is a young orphan boy who lives with his elder sister and her husband. He knows that he will be a blacksmith like his brother-in-law when he grows up. But an anonymous benefactor settles a lavish allowance on him. Pip goes to London and starts life in a society that is completely alien to him. His new-found prosperity and his undying love for his childhood friend Estella change him in many ways. He becomes more and more ashamed of his humble origins. But many disasters and challenges await him. The novel chronicles Pip’s experiences from childhood to adulthood. Great Expectations is generally termed a bildungsroman. Bildungsroman is a German word used for novels that portray the psychological development of the central character. But Great Expectations, like most of Charles Dickens’s novels, does not conform to any one genre. It is a tale of love and passion; a mystery story with several twists; a narrative that functions as a serious social commentary.

Click here to know more about Literature and Fiction books.


Social/Historical context:

One of the most important themes of the novel is Pip’s uneasiness about social class. He is a rich and ambitious young man, in spite of his so-called low birth. He interacts mainly with people from the high and the middle classes. This gives Dickens the opportunity to comment on the socio-economic issues of Georgian and Victorian England, and how the different classes were affected by the same. The novel is rooted in the social realities of Dickens’s times. But the universal appeal of the questions it raises has helped it to withstand the test of time.

Writing Style:

Dickens’s language might seem archaic to the modern reader. Nevertheless, it is remarkably easy. The pace of the novel is quite good, and several chapters are extremely gripping. The novel is written in the first person- Pip recounts his tale to the readers.

My Thoughts:

I must confess that I started to read this book with a little bit of reluctance. The problem with an old book is that we usually have a general idea about it even if we haven’t read it. But instead of the boredom I expected, the experience turned out to be both memorable and enriching. Great Expectations is one of the most complex and moving love stories I have ever read. The relationship between Pip and Estella comes alive from the very beginning. There are also mysteries to be solved- the urge to find out what happens next. The irresponsible and immature Pip is one of Dickens’s most endearing characters. His friends, John Wemmick and Miss Skiffins, are unforgettable. The numerous comic moments stand out, as do the moments of suspense, passion or realization. I have read this book more than once, and every read has been an entirely new experience.

Book Reviewed by Amrita Dutta

Great Expectations-Charles Dickens-Review#2

Read other reviews of Literary Classics here











Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Book Lovers Club News.


Write a book review and get a web page dedicated to yourself! Click Here


Got an opinion on this book?

Did you read this book too? Got an opinion on it? Share it!

Was the book worth your time?

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

MUST READ ! ! ! 
this book is a good one.it should be read once.

yes Not rated yet
an amazing book. have already read it 4 times and every time i read this book i find it just.........amazing

no Not rated yet
it was a very boring long and strecheeee book not worth it harry potter is much better

Yes Not rated yet
I had heard so many praises about the novel and only after reading it did I understand why this novel is worshiped so much by classic/fiction lovers. I …

yaaa ofcourse............. Not rated yet
the one who wil read this will ultimately understand the worth of this book................

yes Not rated yet
i could relate to th ebook

Click here to write your own.



Encouragements

Nice site(I like the eating books concept!)
-Maggie Ball


Dear Ashmita,
Allow me to congratulate you on your constant efforts at keeping the love for literature and the love for reading constant -amongst us netizens by regularly posting quizzes and information as this current read on Pulitzer prizes! Excellent!
Warm wishes,
Nita


Thank you Ashmita. And I would like to take this as an opportunity to express my appreciation of the effort that has gone into the making of such a fabulous website.
-Amrita Dutta


I would like to take an opportunity to congratulate you for all your efforts in creating such an insightful and informative Group ( Book Review Circle) It is surely a great platform to gather and learn more about like-minded people.
-Jai Prakash Dangwal


This was really a wonderful piece of information. It was enriching and educating. Thank You.
-Palashpriya


I am amazed at the number of reviews and the wide range of books you have read and written about. Really impressive!
-V.Dhanalakshmi


Without the educative literary information from you I feel spiritually dry. Nice to hear from you.
-Palashpriya Bose Jaiswal


It was interesting to know about the significance and use of diary entries in the world of writing. I read something like this for the first time, so I thank and congratulate you for your choice of topic :-)
Cheers
Suchandra