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  • Published: various publishers.
  • Description: 531 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0141439564
  • 0375757015
  • 0143126458


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Great expectations

by Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: West Adult

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Presents the classic story of the orphan Pip, the convict Magwitch, the beautiful Estella, and her guardian, the embittered Miss Havisham.

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Fascinating coming of age story

This literary classic follows the life of a young boy who faces much drama and hardship. But amidst the scandal also lies endless narratives with impressively thorough descriptions of everything from the trees in the forest to the new lady he just met. Difficult to read if you get caught up in details. But if you focus on the greater story and less on the paragraphs upon paragraphs of narration, this really is a classic.

A Dickens Masterpiece

Novel by Charles Dickens, first published serially in All the Year Round in 1860-61 and issued in book form in 1861. The novel was one of its author's greatest critical and popular successes. The first-person narrative relates the coming-of-age of Pip (Philip Pirrip). Reared in the marshes of Kent by his disagreeable sister and her sweet-natured husband, the blacksmith Joe Gargery, the young Pip one day helps a convict to escape. Later he is sent to live with Miss Havisham, a woman driven half-mad years earlier by her lover's departure on their wedding day. Her other ward is the orphaned Estella, whom she is teaching to torment men with her beauty. Pip, at first cautious, later falls in love with Estella, to his misfortune. When an anonymous benefactor makes it possible for Pip to go to London for an education, he credits Miss Havisham. He begins to look down on his humble roots, but nonetheless Estella spurns him again and marries instead the ill-tempered Bentley Drummle. Pip's benefactor turns out to have been Abel Magwitch, the convict he once aided, who dies awaiting trial after Pip is unable to help him a second time. Joe rescues Pip from despair and nurses him back to health.

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