Great Expectations by Charles DickensIn what may be Dickenss best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of great expectations. In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.
In this coming-of-age story, the orphaned Pip is brought up by the heavy hand of his ill-tempered older sister and thankfully her caring, but poor blacksmith husband Joe my favorite character , and as Pip becomes a young man, his secret dream to leave his present sphere of life as Joe's apprentice and be brought up as a gentleman winning the hand of the beautiful Estella seems impossible until a mysterious benefactor makes his dream come true Written with meticulous character detail, this suspenseful, funny and entertaining adventure follows Pip's "educational" and eventful life ultimately leading to the true source of his "Great Expectations". Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Who Was Charles Dickens?
Dickens is remembered as one of the most important and influential writers of the 19th century. Among his accomplishments, he has been lauded for providing a stark portrait of the Victorian-era underclass, helping to bring about social change. The famed British author was the second of eight children. His father, John Dickens, was a naval clerk who dreamed of striking it rich. Charles' mother, Elizabeth Barrow, aspired to be a teacher and school director. Nevertheless, they were happy in the early days. In , they moved to Chatham, Kent, where young Dickens and his siblings were free to roam the countryside and explore the old castle at Rochester.
Great Expectations is the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and his penultimate completed novel: a bildungsroman that depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens's second novel, after David Copperfield , to be fully narrated in the first person. The novel is set in Kent and London in the early to midth century  and contains some of Dickens's most memorable scenes, including the opening in a graveyard, where the young Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. These include the eccentric Miss Havisham , the beautiful but cold Estella , and Joe, the unsophisticated and kind blacksmith. Dickens's themes include wealth and poverty, love and rejection, and the eventual triumph of good over evil. Upon its release, the novel received near universal acclaim. On Christmas Eve, around ,  Pip, an orphan who is about seven years old, encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard, while visiting the graves of his parents and siblings.