Great Expectations: Discussions and reviews.


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I’m happy that my first encounter with this book was years after high school, for most of the teens I know seem to have tossed the book away, unaware of the literary treasures lying in underneath its words.

Although its narrative, by shallow inspection, isn’t the most engaging, the plot structure is probably one of the richest and the deepest I have ever explored. I can never say the story was boring, because I often was driven to consider different possibilities. And though some twists were solemnly based on mere coincidences, Dickens succeeded in keeping me guessing until the very end.

The themes are timeless; you don’t need to live in the Victorian era to conclude that everybody has a little Pip lingering inside them in varying degrees, longing for a more fortunate life and seeking affection, and a better social class. When it comes to symbols, I find using the “misty marshes” and the “Satis House” very brilliant. You can easily find that each character, symbolized something crucial as well.

Worthy to mention, I felt at many points how pathetic Pip’s fondness of Estella was, for instance when he says:

“Whatever her tone with me happened to be, I could put no trust in it, and build no hope on it; and yet I went on against trust and against hope.”
Also:
“Estella, to the last hour of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. But, in this separation, I associate you only with the good; and I will faithfully hold you to that always, for you must have done me far more good than harm, let me feel now what sharp distress I may. O God bless you, God forgive you!”
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And finally, as a personal criterion of how touching a story is, I spent the last four chapters weeping. Yes, this is how I know a book deserves 5 stars.
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Now it’s your turn. How did you find the book?
Comment your reviews below.
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“I only ask for information.” Said the man in the other book.


Y’ello!

It has been 15 days since we started and I sincerely have to ask:
Have your Expectations of the book-being Great and all- been met?!
If yes, then GREAT.
If not, what else were you EXPECTING?

-Expected Great puns aside- and to borrow the words of Mr. Jaggers; “Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.”
I for one evidently believe that we started with the right book and am looking forward to finishing it soon.

I am hoping you guys are enjoying it as well and load up on your coffee supply, because we forgot to tell you about the quizzes!

Then a winner stands alone..


CaptureAlright, alright! Dickens for the win!

Now you’d better check on your coffee supply, and make up your cozy couch, ’cause we start on the morrow.  You must have already read a couple of masterpieces for “the greatest novelist of the Victorian period”, if not, get ready to taste literature like never before… 🙂

You can download the novel free on Goodreads.

Reminder: Finish first, and get your nomination entered twice into the picker next month. (No cheating! We all are grown ups, aren’t we?)

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