My students and some of my friends can t ever figure out why I love this novel so much I explain how the characters are thoroughly original and yet timeless how the symbolism is rich and tasty and how the narrative itself is I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress and like the flowers and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes I saw that the dress had been put upon the rounded figure of a young woman and that the figure upon which it now hung loose had shrunk to skin and bone How do you do Miss Havisham She makes many lists of the twenty reatest characters from Dicken s novelsI hadn t ever met Miss Havisham officially although I knew of her I have heard of her circumstances discussed her in English Literature classes and even referenced her in a paper She is a tragic figure tinged with true insanity and yet someone in complete control of her faculties when it comes to talking about HER money She was jilted at the altar and like a figure from mythology she is suspended in time She wears her tattered wedding dress every day and sits among the decaying ruins of her wedding feast We meet our hero Pip when in an act of charity born of fear than oodwill he provides assistance to a self liberated convict named Abel Magwitch It was a rather imprudent thing to do similar to one of us picking up a hitchhiker in an orange jumpsuit just after passing a sign that says Hitchhikers in this area may be escaped inmates Little does he know but this act of kindness will have a long term impact on his life Pip and the ConvictPip is being raised by his sister an unhappy woman who expresses her misery with harsh words and vigorous smacks Tickler was a wax ended piece of cane worn smooth by collision with my tickled frame She also browbeats her burly blacksmith husband Joe into submission Mr Pumblechook Joe s Uncle is always praising the sister for doing her proper duty by Pip Boy be forever rateful to all friends but especially unto them which brought you up by hand In other words she didn t spare the rod or the child Mr Pumblechook is one of those annoying people who is always trying to ain credit for anyone s ood fortune He intimates that he was the puppet master pulling the strings that allowed that Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood good fortune to find a proper home Later when Pip finds himself elevated toentleman s status Pumblechook is uick to try and Imagine That! garner credit for brokering the deal Things become interesting for Pip when is asked to be a play companion of Miss Havisham s adopted daughter Estella Theirl is being trained to be the architect of Miss Havisham s revengeon all men She is the brutal combination of spoiled beautiful and heartless She wants Pip to fall in love with her to provide a training Elena's Conquest ground for exactly how to keep a man in love with her and at the same time treat him with the proper amount of disdain As Pip becomes ensnared in Estella s beauty Miss Havisham is spurring him on Love her love her love her If she favors you love her If she wounds you love her If she tears your heart to pieces and as itets older and stronger it will tear deeper love her love her love her Never had I seen such passionate Estella the weapon of man s destruction walking with PipPip is fully aware of the dangers of falling in love with Estella but it is almost impossible to control the heart when it begins to beat faster Her contempt for me was so strong that it became infectious and I caught it His hopes almost completely dashed that he will ever have a legitimate opportunity to woo Estella properly are buoyed by the knowledge of a benefactor willing to finance his rise to Sister of My Heart gentleman status No chance suddenly becomes a slim chance Pip is not to know where thesereat expectations are coming from but he assumes it is Miss Havisham as part of her demented plans for exacting revenge by using Estella to break his heart He is willing to be the patsy for her plans because some part of him believes he can turn the tide of Estella s heart if he can find one beating in her chest You must know said Estella condescending to me as a brilliant and beautiful woman might that I have no heart if that has anything to do with my memoryThe book is of course filled with Dickensonian descriptions of the bleaker side of Victorian society We entered this haven through a wicket King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies gate and were disgorged by an introductory passage into a melancholy little suare that looked to me like a flat buryinground I thought it had the most dismal trees in it and the most dismal sparrows and the most dismal cats and the most dismal houses in number half a dozen or so that I had ever seen As I was reading the book it felt like the plot suddenly sped up from a leisurely world building pace that permeates most Dickens novels to the final laps of an Indy 500 race I was not surprised to discover that Dickens had intended this novel to be twice as long but due to contractual obligations with the serialization of the novel Dickens found himself in a uandary He had a much larger story percolating in his head but simply out of room to print it Nothing drives a reader crazier than knowing that this larger concept was realized but never committed to paper The rest of Great Expectations exists only in the lost dreams of DickensPip is a willing victim and therefore not a victim because he fully realized that Miss Havisham was barking mad and that Estella had been brainwashed into being a sword of vengeance He was willing to risk having his heart wrenched from his body and dashed into the sea for a chance that Estella would recognize that happiness could be obtained if she would only forsake her training Pip like most young men of means spent than his stipend allowed and as debts mount he is and anxious to learn of his benefactor s intentions It will not be what he expects and provides a nice twist to the novel There are blackguards adventures near death experiences swindlers agitations both real and imagined and descriptions that make
*the reader savor *reader savor immersion in the black soot and blacker hearts of Victorian society Better late than never but I now have than a nodding acuaintance with Miss Havisham Pip and the supporting cast They will continue to live in my imagination for the rest of my lifeIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Great Expectationswere formedwere metand were thoroughly exceeded 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 uick Aside My ood friend Richard who despises Chuckles the Dick is no doubt having a conniption as
He Reads Thisdeep Breaths Richard Deep Breaths After Love Lovereads thisdeep breaths Richard deep breaths After love love A Tale of Two Cities I went into this one with you uessed it insert novel title and was nervous and wary of a serious let down in my sopho experience with Dickens Silly me there was zero reason for fear and this was even enjoyable than I had hoped Not uite as standing ovation inducing as A Tale of Two Cities but that was a function of the subject matter of A Tale of Two Cities being attractive to me PLOT SUMMARYHere Dickens tells the story of the rowth and de Admittedly I can be a bit dismissive of the classics By which I mean that many of my reviews resemble a drive by shooting This annoys some people if measured by the responses I m still etting to my torching of Moby Dick Even though I should expect some blowback I still et 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 philistine I console myself with the belief that I have relatively decent taste For instance I don t listen to Nickelback I read the New Yorker and I haven t seen an Adam Sandler film in theaters since Punch Drunk Love Hating Melville does not make me a backwater provincial drunk on Boone s Farm Ken Follett novels and the cinema of Rob Schneider Indeed I have two principled reasons for not liking many certified classics Strike that I have one paranoid reason and one semi principled reason The paranoid first Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to read so many so called classics From the endless torments of Dostoyevsky to the prodigious length of Tolstoy to the impenetrability or weirdness of Joyce Faulkner or Pynchon the world s reat novels seem needlessly excruciating I think it s a conspiracy A conspiracy of English majors and literature majors and critics all over the How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead globe These individuals form an elitistuild like all uilds and licensing bodies their oal is to erect barriers to entry In this case the barriers to entry are Finnegan s Wake and In Search of Lost Time This snooty establishment has elevated the most dense inscrutable works to exalted status ensuring that the lower classes stay where they belong in the checkout aisle with Weekly World News and Op Center novels Isn t it possible that the only reasons the classics are classic is be. See alternate cover edition hereDickens's magnificent novel of uilt desire and redemption The orphan Pip’s terrifying encounter with an escaped convict on. Way despite the fact that it was a really ood ending because it was ambiguous I know it seems like no matter what happens with a book I complain and I think that s just my disposition as a person Most of the characters were so unlikable though especially Pip so many times through out the book I wanted to throttle him Anyway definitely the best Dickens book I ve read thus far and I would say this ones a 35 stars from me it be higher but reading it felt slow and like I had to trudge through it at multiple points There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was uite ignorant of its worth I first read Great Expectations when I was thirteen years old It was the first of Dickens works that I d read of my own volition the only other being Oliver Twist which we d studied parts of in school You know I missed out on a lot when I was thirteen By this I mean that I didn t always understand the deeper meaning lying beneath the surface of my favourite classics I favoured fast paced and Moonrise gritty stories and didn t understand the love for Austen later cured But there was something about Great Expectations that hit me hard on all levels and there was a deeper understanding I took from it even back thenI should say first of all this book makes me feel sad Not a Lifetime movie emotionally overwrought pass me the kleenex kind of sad I have read it several times and have never once cried while reading it But the book never fails to leave me with this hollow feeling that things could have been so different When I was a kid I often wished I could jump inside the TV and warn theood Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi guys not to do something stop something horrible from happening This is that kind of book for me All the not knowing and mistaken assumptions that float between the characters in this novel is tortureSome readers don t like Dickens He s been called lacking in style as well as a bunch of other things Well I think he s like the Stephen King of the Victorian era He loves his drama his characters are well drawn but sometimes edging towards caricatures he has a wonderful talent for painting a vivid picture of a scene in your mind but a bunch of his books are a hundred pages too long Whatever I love his stories And I love his charactersIn Great Expectations you have the orphaned Philip Pip Pirrip who has spent his short life being poor and being bullied by his sister who is also hisuardian You have Joe Gargery a kind man who also allows himself to be bullied by Pip s sister his wife Then you have the infamous Miss Havisham who was abandoned at the altar and now spends her days wandering around her mansion in her old wedding dress hating men and raising the young Estella to be just like her You are in every line I have ever read At its heart this is a book about someone who is iven an opportunity to have all their dreams come true to be better than they ever thought they could be to be loved by someone who they never thought would look at them We all yearn for something badly at times Imagine having the chance to et exactly what you always wanted Imagine becoming better and higher than you knew was possible Imagine having all of that and then realizing that perhaps the most important thing you ever had ot left behindPip was always my favourite Dickens protagonist because he wants so much and I sympathise with him I can understand why he does what he does and why he wants what he wants But the saddest thing is that ambition can make you lose sight of other important things and Pip has a lot of hard lessons to learn along the way It s a book that was extremely relevant to the times when social class was of utmost importance in Britain Essentially the book deconstructs what it means to be a entlemen and makes a not so subtle criticism of a class based societyWho are the real entlemen The top hat wearing men of London with all their fine china and ceremony Pip who ets a chance to become one of them Or Joe Gargery the rough talking blacksmith who even years later tells Pip you and me was ever friends There is a powerful lesson in here and I love it Even after all these yearsBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pause you who read this and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or old of thorns or flowers that would never have bound you but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day That is such a uote If there was ever a novel that shows us the dangers of false perceptions then it s Great Expectations Pip is such a fool he constantly misjudges those around him and he constantly misjudges his own worth This has lead him down a road of misery because the person who held t Boring dull lifeless and flat This is so drawn out and boring I kept having to remind myself what the plot was Best to et someone else to sum up the story rather
than undergo the torture of reading it 876 Great Expectations Charles DickensThe novel was first published as a serialundergo the torture of reading it 876 Great Expectations Charles DickensThe novel was first published as a serial Dickens s weekly periodical All the Year Round from 1 December 1860 to August 1861 In October 1861 Chapman and Hall published the novel in three volumes On Christmas Eve around 1812 Pip an orphan who is about seven years old encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard while visiting the raves of his parents and siblings Pip now lives with his abusive elder sister and her kind husband Joe Gargery a blacksmith The convict scares Pip into stealing food and a file Early on Christmas morning Pip returns with the file a pie and brandy During Christmas Dinner that evening at the moment Pip s theft is about to be discovered soldiers arrive and ask Joe to repair some shackles Joe and Pip accompany them as they recapture the convict who is fighting with another escaped convict The first convict confesses to stealing food from the smithy A year or two later Miss Havisham a wealthy spinster who still wears her old wedding dress and lives as a recluse in the dilapidated Satis House asks Mr Pumblechook a relation of the Gargery s to find a boy to visit her Pip visits Miss Havisham and falls in love with her adopted daughter Estella Estella remains aloof and hostile to Pip which Miss Havisham encourages Pip visits Miss Havisham regularly until he is old enough to learn a tradeJoe accompanies Pip for the last visit when she ives the money for Pip to be bound as apprentice blacksmith Joe s surly assistant Dolge Orlick is envious of Pip and dislikes Mrs Joe When Pip and Joe are away from the house Mrs Joe is brutally attacked leaving her unable to speak or do her work Orlick is suspected of the attack Mrs Joe becomes kind hearted after the attack Pip s former schoolmate Biddy joins the household to help with her careFour years into Pip s apprenticeship Mr Jaggers a lawyer tells him that he has been provided with money from an anonymous benefactor so that he can become a entleman Pip is to leave for London but presuming that Miss Havisham is his benefactor he first visits herPip sets up house in London at Barnard s Inn with Herbert Pocket the son of his tutor Matthew Pocket who is a cousin of Miss Havisham Herbert and Pip have previously met at Satis Hall where Herbert was rejected as a playmate for Estella He tells Pip how Miss Havisham was defrauded and deserted by her fianc Pip meets fellow pupils Bentley Drummle a brute of a man from a wealthy noble family and Startop who is agreeable Jaggers disburses the money Pip needs 1975 1351 9789646207486 1391 1387 You are in every line I have ever read Why couldn t every line in this book be this ood I took me nearly three whole months to finish it Not because it was bad but because it dragged and dragged and there are far intriguing books out there than Great ExpectationsThe ood stuffAn exciting cast of characters most of them very weird extravagant and almost to completely ridiculous By far my favourites are Joe because he s such a oodhearted person and Miss Havisham because I totally look up to her dedication to melodramaWhat also ot me
Hooked Were The Huge Revelations In Thiswere the huge revelations in this There were a few things that I did not see comingThe bad stuffToo many words too many pages I was completely demotivated to ever finish this which is why I made myself write a term paper about it so that I would actually pick it up again and read all of it I workedHonestly though this book was originally published in a Victorian Periodical Imagine watching your favourite TV Show and waiting for a new episode every week Well it was like that with this novel It was published in several instalments The readers needed to be entertained enough so that they would buy next weeks magazine copy This also means that Charles Dickens needed to fill the pages every week so that the readers ot what they paid for And Charles Dickens needed to fill the pages every week so that the readers A Year in 120 Recipes got what they paid for And m afraid it also reads like that If this novel was 200 pages shorter I might have enjoyed it There was so muchoing on that I didn t care about so many details that could have been omitted Overall a fine classic and a well plotted story that bored me with its obsession for things unimportant I can t wait to watch the adoption with Helena Bonham Carter thoughFind of my books on Instagram. How Pip comes into a fortune what he does with it and what he discovers through his secret benefactor are the ingredients of his struggle for moral redemptio.
Charles Dickens î 6 reviewCause they tell us they re classic What if they are wrong More frightening what if I m right Isn t it possible that all the F. Scott Fitzgerald greatest novels in history actually suck Am I the only one who thinks it possible that truereatness lies within Twilight I am Okay moving on My principled objection to various classic novels is that I love reading and have loved to read from an early age I also loved to complain from an early age To that end classics are the worst thing to ever happen to literature with the exception of Dan Brown Every drug dealer and fast food marketer knows that you have to hook kids early in life Forcing students to consume classics too soon is akin to the neighborhood dope peddler handing out asparagus and raw spinach The problem is worst in high schools where English teachers seem intent on strangling any nascent literary enjoyment in the crib At a fragile time in a young person s life a heaping dose of Homer not Simpson can be enough to break a reading habit for life At least that was my experience I first came across Charles Dickens Great Expectations when it was assigned my freshman year of high school It was a confusing time caught between lingering childhood I still had toys in my room and emerging adulthood by the end of the year I d The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692; Together With a Collection of Newly Located and Gathered Witchcraft Documents get my drivers license Even though I d been a voracious reader it had always been on my own terms When my teacher tried to shove Dickens down my throat I started to lose interest in the written word andain interest in the irls on the cheerleading chess team Thankfully I regained my joy of reading but it wasn t until I raduated from law school At that time I decided to o back and read all the stuff that was assigned in high school that I d either skimmed over or ignored completely Great Expectations was one of the first classics to which I returned Returned with a shudder I might add First off it wasn t as bad as I remembered Heck I liked it even So there Save your hate mail I do not come here to condemn Dickens merely to damn him with faint praise In many ways Great Expectations is prototypical Dickens it is big and sprawling it is told in the first person by a narrator who often seems resoundingly dull it is peopled with over eccentric supporting characters with unlikely names and its labyrinthine structure and unspooling digressions defy ordinary plot resolutions This is not a book that is etting to a sole point rather it s the tale of a boy s life with few details withheld It also limps to an unsatisfactory ending one of two endings actually since Dickens couldn t make up his mind that brings to mind the hastily reshot finale to the Jennifer AnistonVince Vaughn movie The Break Up The central character the first person narrator is an orphan surprise named Pip He lives with his mean sister and saintly husband Joe the simplest named of all Dickens creations This small unhappy family Pip s sister is forever peeved at the burden of taking care of her younger brother live in the marshes vividly described by Dickens as a cold creeping lunar landscape where prisoners rot in offshore prison hulks and cannons boom to raise the drowned It was a rimy morning and very damp I had seen the damp lying on the outside of my little window as if some oblin had been crying there all night and using the window for a pocket handkerchief Now I saw the damp lying on the bare hedges and spare rass like a coarser sort of spiders webs hanging itself from twig to twig and blade to blade On every rail and ate wet lay clammy and the marsh mist was so thick that the wooden finger on the post directing people to our village a direction which they never accepted for they never came there was invisible to me until I was uite close under it Then as I looked up at it while it dripped it seemed to my oppressed conscience like a phantom devoting me to the HulksPip s conscience is oppressed because of his Christmastime meeting with an escaped convict named Magwitch Pip helps Magwitch out of his shackles and steals him a pie and some brandy Later Magwitch is recaptured though Pip remains fearful that his role in the attempted escape will be discovered Later young Pip is taken to the home of the wealthy old Miss Havisham to play with her adopted daughter Estella Miss Havisham of course is one of Dickens most famous creations She was left at the altar as a younger woman and now whiles away her days in her crumbling wedding dress all the clocks in her house stopped at 840 Miss Havisham s sole delight seems to be in Estella s cruel treatment of poor Pip Nevertheless Pip falls in love with Estella Eventually Miss Havisham pays Joe for Pip s services and Pip returns to the marshes as a blacksmithing apprentice Once Pip found Joe s profession to be honorable Now however after all of Estella s scornful jibes Pip finds the work beneath his dignity This begins the long period of insufferable Pip who will constantly struggle to rise above his station while simultaneously racking up debts and alienating the people who truly love him At some point Pip
is approached my Mr Jaggers a cunning lawyer with many clients whoapproached my Mr Jaggers a cunning lawyer with many clients who up at the end of a noose he also has a compulsive propensity towards hand washing Jaggers informs Pip that
he has a benefactor and that this benefactor has reat expectationshas a benefactor and that this benefactor has reat expectations Pip To receive his money Pip is told he must travel to London become a entleman and retain his name Pip does so believing all the while that his benefactor is Miss Havisham If there is a spine to this book a central narrative thread it is Pip s pursuit of the lovely acidic Estella To this end Pip acts poorly in society oes in hock to his creditors and spars with Bentley Drummle for Estella s affections Of course this being a Dickens novel there is a lot swirling about Everywhere you look there are colorful satellite characters who seem all the lively for orbiting Pip Though unlikeable at times Pip is mostly dull Mainly I attribute this to the first person narrative It is easy to look out onto the world and harder to look inward Thus Pip is better at dramatizing the people he meets than in understanding himself One of the typical Dickensian eccentrics Pip encounters is John Wemmick a clerk for Mr Jaggers Wemmick lives in a house modeled after a castle and has a father The Aged P who has an affinity for firing off a cannon There is also Herbert Pocket who becomes friends with Pip even though their relationship begins with near fisticuffs Pocket comes from a huge dysfunctional family that Dickens describes with apparent lee Though Great Expectations is not as long as David Copperfield or Bleak House it sprawls enough to cause confusion Character lists may become necessary Of course Dickens hates randomness and it is worth bearing in mind that most of the people you meet even the secondary personages will tie back into the main story In Dickens London everybody knows everybody else and all are ruled by the Gods of Coincidence Great Expectations involves a bit of a twist I won t assume you know the substance of this twist the way Pip assumes the identity of his benefactor so I will not spoil it If it is possible to spoil something published in 1861 I feel like I have a hit and miss relationship with Dickens work Usually I m a fan of big messy epics The bigger and messier the better However with regards to Dickens I ve found that I like his shorter economical stories A Tale of Two Cities A Christmas Carol to his bursting at the seams behemoths I think this has something to do with payoff Usually when you read a novel it moves towards some sort of climax a set piece of action or emotional upheaval and resolution With Dickens though you are moving towards a lesson He was a reat moralizer and critic and he used his novels as a canvas on which to make his points Great Expectations is no exception It is a homily directed at A Victorian England Stratified Victorian England stratified class and family background where station was defined even by lineage than by wealth Against this backdrop young Pip oes out into the world abandons his family and faithful old Joe makes horribly inaccurate judgments about people and finally learns that there is no place like home That s all well and ood but not much of a reward for the days or weeks you devote to Great Expectations especially when you can learn the same thing after two hours of The Wizard of Oz I was really mad when I finished this book last night I have to say I enjoyed this much than the other Dickens books I ve read which is funny because someone told me it was written for kids so I should read it because I would like it better probably and I did It just felt too long and I kind of saw the twist of who was Pip s benefactor coming but at the same time I think the way everything is told and developed is really ood I think I mostly felt it was long because I had to read slower than I would have otherwise because the writing was complex and I wanted to make sure I was understanding what was happening and fully understanding each sentence I think the last sentence or two of this book was really beautiful and so well written but it made me really mad to have it end that. The Kent marshes and his mysterious summons to the house of Miss Havisham and her cold beautiful ward Estella form the prelude to his “great expectations”. ,