Great Expectations, Paperback

Great Expectations Paperback

Illustrated by Marcus Stone

Part of the Wordsworth Classics series

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Considered by many to be Dickens' finest novel, Great Expectations traces the growth of the book's narrator, Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character.

From its famous dramatic opening on the bleak Kentish marshes, the story abounds with some of Dickens' most memorable characters.

Among them are the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery, the mysterious convict Abel Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Haversham and her beautiful ward Estella, Pip's good-hearted room-mate Herbert Pocket and the pompous Pumblechook.

As Pip unravels the truth behind his own 'great expectations' in his quest to become a gentleman, the mysteries of the past and the convolutions of fate through a series of thrilling adventures serve to steer him towards maturity and his most important discovery of all - the truth about himself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, illustrations, notes, bibliography
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781853260049


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‘Great Expectations’ has been somewhat of a literary journey of discovery. I started with a mild dislike of Dickens as Pip finds himself contemplating the gravestones of his parents. This stemmed from my one abortive attempt at reading ‘The Pickwick Papers’My dislike gently fades as Pip embarks on achieving his great expectations introducing some marvellous characters, in particular, Miss Havisham and Wemmick with his Aged P. By the time I find myself reading the chapter entirely devoted to Pip’s exploration of his feeling for Estella I found myself, thoroughly enjoying, the language, the plot and the characterisations involved. This book is a delight and will be remembered more so as the highway that led to my final understanding and appreciation of 19th Century language and Dickens' work in particular.

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My favourite Dickens. Masterful descriptions and eccentric characters. The story of a coming of age, of overcoming adversities and finding out that many ambitions were misplaced.

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All in all, the story itself was quite enjoyable. It was unique, intriguing and unexpected. The only issues I had with it were the language and the pace. This book was written in old English; understandably so, due to the time period it was written. However, because of this, it made the exciting parts of the story seemingly more dull and I had to read at a much slower pace than I'm used to. The pace of the story was slow. The beginning of the story was more exhilarating, the middle was elongated without many events taking place, and so many things tied together in the last 40 pages or so. Now, before I finish this review I do want to state that I see why the pace had to be slower in order to fit all the hints and clues in the bulk of the book properly for future reference. However, it seemed at times to move so slowly that I couldn't read for more than an hour or so without losing some interest (remember the complicated language makes you read more slowly in order to comprehend the author;s real intent). <br/> <br/>That being said, I do want to be sure I emphasize that this was a phenomenal tale. The pieces to the puzzle were set up ingeniously throughout the novel and came as a surprise when they came back into play. The characters were very memorable, consistent, and unique. Another thing I enjoyed about this novel was that it was set up in such a way that the story itself could have occurred in real life; though very improbable. <br/><br/>If you are a reader out for an old-fashioned literature adventure, this is the book for you! Just be sure to prepare beforehand for the complexity of language and pace. <br/><br/>Happy reading!

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