Book Review: Great Expectations

Posted: December 26, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I recently read “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens, in my bid to read more of the classics, and to actually finish reading the whole book!

Cover of "Great Expectations (Penguin Cla...

Cover of Great Expectations (Penguin Classics)

I studied it briefly at school and we only read the first couple of chapters, but i had watched a film version when i was quite young but don’t remember much of it except when Pip meets Miss Havisham!

I watched the 1946 film version of the novel and thought it was good if a little bit cheesy in places, probably because it’s so old though! I probably shouldn’t have watched the film when i was only a few chapters away from the end of the novel because i ruined the ending for myself!

However, i liked reading the novel and finally finding out what happened to Miss Havisham, Pip’s love for Estella, and the revelation of Pip’s mystery benefactor! It’s a fascinating story with great characters: Pip, the poor orphan who becomes suddenly rich, the cold and cruel Estella, the eerie jilted bride Miss Havisham, and Pip’s loving father figure Joe.

The relationships are well crafted, with the one between Pip and Joe being particularly interesting as it changes with Pip’s sudden elevation to a better class. Pip doesn’t seem to want to leave Joe behind as they care about each other a great deal, but he feels that Joe is part of his old life and doesn’t fit in well with his new life. But Joe is ever understanding and kind, even when Pip treats him badly.

Miss Havisham is really nutty and seems to be trying to mold Estella into being a bit of a heartbreaker, which isn’t fair on  her really and Miss Havisham does realise her errors later on thankfully!

I give it 8/10 because it is a great classic but not really one of the best i’ve read!


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