In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens chronicles the life of Pip, an ordinary country boy led astray by the trappings of London society as well as his desire to improve himself and become a gentleman. Along the way, Pip meets the disappointed Miss Havisham and her beautiful but unattainable ward, Estella, with whom he falls deeply in love. Beloved by generations of readers, Great Expectations was originally published in serial form from December 1860 to August 1861.
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This review is NOT on the original story itself, but on THIS ABRIDGED VERSION of the story. This abridged version by Pacific Publishing Studio is HORRENDOUS. I teach high school English, and our school made the mistake of requiring students to order this specific version of the text. There are so many important parts that are left out that it makes it nearly impossible to follow. The students are incredibly confused, and I'm frustrated because I have to keep filling in the gaps for them. For instance, it completely leaves out the part where a file was found near Mrs. Joe's body when she was attacked. It also leaves out the part where Pip travels back home from London to see Estella at Miss Havisham's house. That part is important because A: it's ESTELLA and B: it's where we learn that the convict is providing Pip with money.Because so much is left out, the plot does not logically unfold. It's complete crap, and I would only recommend this version of the text to people who need an...
A Classic! Immensely readable. Great Expectations, if not exactly a page turner, does make the reader want to continue turning the pages. One can see the evolution of connections in Dickens's writing from "Christmas Carol" up through "Great Expectations." In many ways "Expectations" seems to feel like a book of our own modern day.
Perhaps it is just part of the, so-far everlasting, story over a young lifetyme of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy regains girl.
In our own tyme we have the good and the evil and the crooks and the cons and the puffed up personalities. We also have the average, good hearted hard working men and women who keep any community living. We have the gains and the reversals. We have good fortune and bad. Expectations in our own tyme have largely been trimmed and reduced. In making this trip with Pip we ride the same rollercoaster that he did.
Great Expectations is an amazing story, but the printed version available for purchase at this link is not. Buyer beware of the "book" available at this link: I bought the paperback version, and was horrified when I opened the package. The printing is absolute garbage—from the front cover, to each interior page, to the back cover. The images and the front/back cover (laser printed onto glossy paper without a bleed) are so pixelated, you can't even read the text. It gets worse on the inside. The text is literally copy/pasted from the internet and dropped into MS Word and then printed it off their desktop computer. To add insult to injury, they decided to CENTER the text! There are even bizarre symbols where there probably should be some kind of beautiful typographic ornament, but MS Word didn't recognize it and left a big "X" in a...
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