The novel centers around a poor young man by the name of Pip, who is given the chance to make himself a gentleman by a mysterious benefactor. Great Expectations offers a fascinating view of the differences between classes during the Victorian era, as well as a great sense of comedy and pathos.
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Great Expectations really delighted me with its plot twists and relatively easy style, given the time in which it was written. Although all characters but the protagonist are fairly two dimensional, everybody has a role to play and Dickens makes sure it is played perfectly. A wonderful read.
I liked the book a lot. But why did I only rate 4 stars if I loved it so much? Because at times it was challenging to follow. I got lost a couple times before I understood what was going on. But, the moral of the story was very good. There were some nice twists, a lot of love and loss, through better and through worse, and some well developed characters. As many have said, Charles Dickens is one of the best authors throughout time.
Simply a Work of Literary Art
This book is my very favorite book. I am now a college student and I first read this in high school every year I reread this book I get to a whole new level of understanding it. It is a classic tale that grows with a young person. You have to take in account the times of the book how each chapter is written is expressive of how the characters are feeling. This book dives deep into internal conflict, personal relations, self awareness and still holds up a rather ruthless love story of sorts. Anyone giving it horrible reviews simply didn't understand the characters, author, history or feelings that were put in to this book. I LOVE IT!!!