Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
(Oxford World's Classics)

78%

25 Critic Reviews

An optimistic and a happy-ending to the story is a cherry on the cake. Dickens has truly portrayed his classy and enticing writing skills.
-Guardian

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In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens chronicles the life of Pip, an ordinary country boy led astray by the trappings of London society as well as his desire to improve himself and become a gentleman. Along the way, Pip meets the disappointed Miss Havisham and her beautiful but unattainable ward, Estella, with whom he falls deeply in love. Beloved by generations of readers, Great Expectations was originally published in serial form from December 1860 to August 1861.

 

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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of England's greatest writers. Best known for his classic serialized novels, such as "Oliver Twist", "A Tale of Two Cities", and "Great Expectations", Dickens wrote about the London he lived in, the conditions of the poor, and the growing tensions between the classes. He achieved critical and popular international success in his lifetime and was honored with burial in Westminster Abbey.
 
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All: 25 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 4

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Trishit on Mar 22 2012

An optimistic and a happy-ending to the story is a cherry on the cake. Dickens has truly portrayed his classy and enticing writing skills.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on Sep 23 2011

I suspect that's one reason why Great Expectations is such a popular novel. Readers grow up with it. It's probably also why so many of them sympathise with Pip, whose narrative voice involves the perspective of a wide-eyed child coming up against that of his wiser, sadder adult self.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Alison Light on Sep 20 2002

Dickens's famously unruly humour is part of his firm belief in wishful thinking, in our capacity for poor dreams and fabrications, and the obstinate hope that there might be places where the long arm of rank and distinction cannot reach.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Trishit on Mar 22 2012

Through this book, the author draws on his experiences of life and people. The author tells a fictional story in a way which leaves an impression in the mind of the reader as if the story is a non-fiction.

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Patheos

Good
Reviewed by Julie Davis on Sep 26 2014

Naturally as the plot twisted and turned I found myself slowing down in many spots to enjoy the story’s development. Oh Dickens … you did it again. This is not Bleak House or Little Dorrit (or even A Tale of Two Cities) but the second half definitely redeemed the first half.

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The Atlantic

Good
on Aug 20 2014

...Great Expectations is a work which proves that we may expect from Dickens a series of romances far exceeding in power and artistic skill the productions which have already given him such a preeminence among the novelists of the age.

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Time Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Radhika Jones on Feb 06 2012

Pip’s path lies in a different direction. Rereading the end of Great Expectations...I’m reminded of how moving his part is. Of all the characters, he has the most to learn...That may not be unexpected. But it’s deeply satisfying, all the same.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Juhcub on Aug 20 2014

You, Charles Dickens, a man of artistic talent, have inspired me. The depth and development of your characters has only made me ensure that my characters are not two-dimensional, and instead, they are unique and they make me proud to call them mine.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Aug 20 2014

The only bad part is the ending - Iwish Dickens had written a sequel to continue the story. This isone of Dickens' masterpieces and it helped me realize that lifecan get better if you just hold on.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by shreydesai on Aug 20 2014

Reinforcing the initial messages from Brach and Rumi that suffering is bad, Charles Dickens, in Great Expectations, reveals the universal truth that suffering can negatively affect people’s lives...

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Cody C. on Feb 25 2014

All the plot twists, exciting actions, and learning expriences in this book made it worth reading. The plot and meaning of the book say that anyone can make it to anywhere no matter how low you start is very inspiring.

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EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Pascasio JR Felisilda on Jan 04 2011

The story is a great character study on a youth who learned about people and life as he experienced his expectations from unlikely (yet obvious) sources.

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Brothers Judd

Excellent
on Aug 20 2014

It has everything you could ask for in a novel: central characters who actually change and grow over the course of the story, becoming better people in the end; a plot laden with mystery and irony; amusing secondary characters; you name it, it's in here.

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Amrita Dutta on Aug 20 2014

The numerous comic moments stand out, as do the moments of suspense, passion or realization. I have read this book more than once, and every read has been an entirely new experience.

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Jules' Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Jules on Feb 29 2012

For the most part I thought the author did a good job at creating a complex cast of characters. Unfortunately none of them really stuck with me...Overall a very enjoyable read...

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

Below average
on Aug 16 2011

Great Expectations doesn't disappoint, but somehow, the characters did not stand out as strongly as in other Dickens novels. They had all the usual signature quirks and names and endearing or despicable behavioral traits, but only Magwitch really stood out as an exceptionally strong character.

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Lit Lovers

Good
Reviewed by Molly Lundquist on Aug 20 2014

Great Expectations is populated with starkly funny characters...Miss Havisham represents one of literature's most powerful emblems of aristocratic decay and corruption...

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She Reads Novels

Good
on Aug 20 2014

...I wouldn’t want to spoil any of the surprises and plot twists the novel contains. But as well as the wonderful plot, Great Expectations is also full of strong and memorable characters.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Kenneth Butler on Jan 28 2012

Many of the characters are typical Dickens: quick sketches with colorfully descriptive names, representing a particular position and/or attitude. Many are stereotypes, but this makes them no less effective in telling the story... Like all of the author's work, the story is fast-paced and picaresque.

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The Lit B***h

Above average
Reviewed by The Lit Bitch on Aug 16 2011

At any rate, over all the book was a little long and a little ‘drag-ish’ at times but it was a GREAT book and lots of fun to read especially if you are a gothic lit fan as I am. Pick up the book you will NOT be disappointed!

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Booking in Heels

Below average
Reviewed by Hanna Whitehead on Aug 20 2014

My conclusion is that I did like Great Expectations. I liked the beginning a lot more than the end, but the end a whole lot more than the middle. I finished the book slightly depressed, which is an improvement from the desperate urge to jump off a cliff I felt when I finished Oliver Twist.

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Impressions In Ink

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Reviewed by Annette on Jan 12 2014

My favorite is still David Copperfield, number one over-all in all the books I've read. I enjoyed reading Great Expectations. The more I think about the story, the more I realize Pip's life is similar to my own; an awakening to who he is and where he's been and further where he's going.

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Musings of a Literary Dilettante's Blog

Good
Reviewed by musingsofaliterarydilettante on Aug 07 2010

The prose’s exuberance and vitality is so overwhelming it almost threatens at times to be a little too much, but it never is. Instead, we are totally entranced by Pip’s (very erudite!) narrative of this wondrous and eventful story.

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Savidge Reads

Above average
on Dec 30 2012

In many ways ‘Great Expectations’ was much more than I could have wished for. I became completely immersed in the world that Dickens’s created for Pip and followed his life with great interest.

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Ya Yeah Yeah

Good
Reviewed by Peter Jay Black on Feb 16 2015

One book that has stuck with me for a lifetime is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. From the first pages where the main character – orphaned Pip – crosses paths with a criminal escaped from prison, all the way through to the revealing of a mystery benefactor who has funded Pip’s education, Great Expectations gripped me.

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