Great Expectations, Paperback
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'you are to understand, Mr. Pip, that the name of the person who is your liberal benefactor remains a profound secret...' Young Pip lives with his sister and her husband the blacksmith, with few prospects for advancement until a mysterious benefaction takes him from the Kent marshes to London. Pip is haunted by figures from his past - the escaped convict Magwitch, the time-withered Miss Havisham and her proud and beautiful ward, Estella - and in time uncovers not just the origins of his great expectations but the mystery of his own heart.

A powerful and moving novel, Great Expectations is suffused with Dickens's memories of the past and its grip on the present, and it raises disturbing questions about the extent to which individuals affect each other's lives.

This edition includes a lively introduction, Dickens's working notes, the novel's original ending, and an extract from an early theatrical adaptation.

It reprints the definitive Clarendon text. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199219766



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Is it just me, or did the moral redemption in the story really hinge on two implausible coincidences (Estella's father, Havisham’s betrayer)?

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This is the second Dickens book I have read after starting with a tale I did not know at all - Two Cities. Although I knew the story of Great Expectations from seeing varioous tv adaptations I still thoroughly enjoyed the novel. Dickens writes this one in the first person and you really get into Pip's mind throughout. Yes the main characters are interesting but the real fascination for me was the more minor characters such as the Aged, Orlick, Wemmick and Pumblechook. There are a few passages that are hard to follow as they mention particular things that I canot understand from that time but this does not detract from a fascinating novel about deception, false hopes and the tiny betrayals we all commit throughout our lives. Even though I knew the twists I was still hooked but just slighlty disappointed with the very last chapter!

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