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‘I have been bent and broken but I hope into a better shape’Pip's life as an ordinary country boy is destined to be unexceptional until a chain of mysterious events lead him away from his humble origins and up the so. “There was a long hard time when I kept far from me the remembrance of what I had thrown away when I was uite ignorant of its worth” I first read Great Expectations when I was thirteen years old It was the first of Dickens' works that I'd read of my own volition the only other being Oliver Twist which we'd studied parts of in school You know I missed out on a lot when I was thirteen By this I mean that I didn't always understand the deeper meaning lying beneath the surface of my favourite classics I favoured fast paced and gritty stories and didn't understand the love for Austen later cured But there was something about Great Expectations that hit me hard on all levels and there was a deeper understanding I took from it even back thenI should say first of all this book makes me feel sad Not a Lifetime movie emotionally overwrought pass me the kleenex kind of sad I have read it several times and have never once cried while reading it But the book never fails to leave me with this hollow feeling that things could have been so different When I was a kid I often wished I could jump inside the TV and warn the good guys not to do something; stop something horrible from happening This is that kind of book for me All the not knowing and mistaken assumptions that float between the characters in this novel is tortureSome readers don't like Dickens He's been called lacking in style as well as a bunch of other things Well I think he's like the Stephen King of the Victorian era He loves his drama his characters are well drawn but sometimes edging towards caricatures he has a wonderful talent for painting a vivid picture of a scene in your mind but a bunch of his books are a hundred pages too long Whatever I love his stories And I love his charactersIn Great Expectations you have the orphaned Philip Pip Pirrip who has spent his short life being poor and being bullied by his sister who is also his guardian You have Joe Gargery a kind man who also allows himself to be bullied by Pip's sister his wife Then you have the infamous Miss Havisham who was abandoned at the altar and now spends her days wandering around her mansion in her old wedding dress hating men and raising the young Estella to be just like her “You are in every line I have ever read” At its heart this is a book about someone who is given an opportunity to have all their dreams come true to be better than they ever thought they could be to be loved by someone who they never thought would look at them We all yearn for something badly at times Imagine having the chance to get exactly what you always wanted Imagine becoming better and higher than you knew was possible Imagine having all of that and then realizing that perhaps the most important thing you ever had got left behindPip was always my favourite Dickens protagonist because he wants so much and I sympathise with him I can understand why he does what he does and why he wants what he wants But the saddest thing is that ambition can make you lose sight of other important things and Pip has a lot of hard lessons to learn along the way It's a book that was extremely relevant to the times when social class was of utmost importance in Britain Essentially the book deconstructs what it means to be a gentlemen and makes a not so subtle criticism of a class based societyWho are the real gentlemen The top hat wearing men of London with all their fine china and ceremony Pip who gets a chance to become one of them Or Joe Gargery the rough talking blacksmith who even years later tells Pip you and me was ever friends There is a powerful lesson in here and I love it Even after all these yearsBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Great ExpectationsCial ladder His efforts to become a London gentleman bring him into contact not just with the upper classes but also with dangerous criminals Pip's desire to improve himself is matched only by his longing for the icy hea. Great Expectations by Charles DickensAn orphan protagonist named Pip tells us about fortune and misfortune from his childhood The protagonist from his point of view presents some unforgettable characters' display And the story is uite gripping with the theme like ambition guilt and redemption uncertainty and deceit However it was not an easy read for me It is a kind of wordy book and relatively hard to grasp the story as other Dicken's books are Still the concept of the story is influential and pleasant Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be I have been bent and broken but I hope into a better shape Pleasant story

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Great Expectations Free read · 2 ↠ ‘I have been bent and broken but I hope into a better shape’Pip's life as an ordinary country boy is destined to be unexceptional until a chain of mysterious events lead him away from his humble origins and up the social ladder His efforts to become a London gentleman bring him into contact not just with the Rted Estella but secrets from the past impede his progress and he has many hard lessons to learnAlso in the Vintage Classics Dickens Series A Christmas Carol A Tale of Two Cities David Copperfield Hard Times Oliver Twist. Admittedly I can be a bit dismissive of the classics By which I mean that many of my reviews resemble a drive by shooting This annoys some people if measured by the responses I’m still getting to my torching of Moby Dick Even though I should expect some blowback I still get a little defensive I mean no one wants to be called a “horrendous” person just because he or she didn’t like an overlong self indulgent self important “epic” about a douche y peg leg and a stupid whale I’m no philistine I console myself with the belief that I have relatively decent taste For instance I don’t listen to Nickelback; I read the New Yorker; and I haven’t seen an Adam Sandler film in theaters since Punch Drunk Love Hating Melville does not make me a backwater provincial drunk on Boone’s Farm Ken Follett novels and the cinema of Rob Schneider Indeed I have two principled reasons for not liking many certified classics Strike that I have one paranoid reason and one semi principled reason The paranoid first Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to read so many so called classics From the endless torments of Dostoyevsky to the prodigious length of Tolstoy to the impenetrability or weirdness of Joyce Faulkner or Pynchon the world’s great novels seem needlessly excruciating I think it’s a conspiracy A conspiracy of English majors and literature majors and critics all over the globe These individuals form an elitist guild; like all guilds and licensing bodies their goal is to erect barriers to entry In this case the barriers to entry are Finnegan’s Wake and In Search of Lost Time This snooty establishment has elevated the most dense inscrutable works to exalted status ensuring that the lower classes stay where they belong in the checkout aisle with Weekly World News and Op Center novels Isn’t it possible that the only reasons the classics are classic is because “they” tell us they’re classic What if they are wrong More frightening what if I’m right Isn’t it possible that all the “greatest” novels in history actually suck Am I the only one who thinks it possible that true greatness lies within Twilight I am Okay moving on My principled objection to various classic novels is that I love reading and have loved to read from an early age I also loved to complain from an early age To that end classics are the worst thing to ever happen to literature with the exception of Dan Brown Every drug dealer and fast food marketer knows that you have to hook kids early in life Forcing students to consume classics too soon is akin to the neighborhood dope peddler handing out asparagus and raw spinach The problem is worst in high schools where English teachers seem intent on strangling any nascent literary enjoyment in the crib At a fragile time in a young person’s life a heaping dose of Homer not Simpson can be enough to break a reading habit for life At least that was my experience I first came across Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations when it was assigned my freshman year of high school It was a confusing time caught between lingering childhood I still had toys in my room and emerging adulthood by the end of the year I’d get my drivers’ license Even though I’d been a voracious reader it had always been on my own terms When my teacher tried to shove Dickens down my throat I started to lose interest in the written word and gain interest in the girls on the cheerleading chess team Thankfully I regained my joy of reading but it wasn’t until I graduated from law school At that time I decided to go back and read all the stuff that was assigned in high school that I’d either skimmed over or ignored completely Great Expectations was one of the first classics to which I returned Returned with a shudder I might add First off it wasn’t as bad as I remembered Heck I liked it even So there Save your hate mail I do not come here to condemn Dickens merely to damn him with faint praise In many ways Great Expectations is prototypical Dickens it is big and sprawling; it is told in the first person by a narrator who often seems resoundingly dull; it is peopled with over eccentric supporting characters with unlikely names; and its labyrinthine structure and unspooling digressions defy ordinary plot resolutions This is not a book that is getting to a sole point; rather it’s the tale of a boy’s life with few details withheld It also limps to an unsatisfactory ending one of two endings actually since Dickens couldn’t make up his mind that brings to mind the hastily reshot finale to the Jennifer AnistonVince Vaughn movie The Break Up The central character the first person narrator is an orphan surprise named Pip He lives with his mean sister and saintly husband Joe the simplest named of all Dickens’ creations This small unhappy family Pip’s sister is forever peeved at the burden of taking care of her younger brother live in the marshes vividly described by Dickens as a cold creeping lunar landscape where prisoners rot in offshore prison hulks and cannons boom to raise the drowned It was a rimy morning and very damp I had seen the damp lying on the outside of my little window as if some goblin had been crying there all night and using the window for a pocket handkerchief Now I saw the damp lying on the bare hedges and spare grass like a coarser sort of spiders’ webs hanging itself from twig to twig and blade to blade On every rail and gate wet lay clammy and the marsh mist was so thick that the wooden finger on the post directing people to our village – a direction which they never accepted for they never came there – was invisible to me until I was uite close under it Then as I looked up at it while it dripped it seemed to my oppressed conscience like a phantom devoting me to the HulksPip’s conscience is oppressed because of his Christmastime meeting with an escaped convict named Magwitch Pip helps Magwitch out of his shackles and steals him a pie and some brandy Later Magwitch is recaptured though Pip remains fearful that his role in the attempted escape will be discovered Later young Pip is taken to the home of the wealthy old Miss Havisham to play with her adopted daughter Estella Miss Havisham of course is one of Dickens’ most famous creations She was left at the altar as a younger woman and now whiles away her days in her crumbling wedding dress all the clocks in her house stopped at 840 Miss Havisham’s sole delight seems to be in Estella’s cruel treatment of poor Pip Nevertheless Pip falls in love with Estella Eventually Miss Havisham pays Joe for Pip’s services and Pip returns to the marshes as a blacksmithing apprentice Once Pip found Joe’s profession to be honorable Now however after all of Estella’s scornful jibes Pip finds the work beneath his dignity This begins the long period of insufferable Pip who will constantly struggle to rise above his station while simultaneously racking up debts and alienating the people who truly love him At some point Pip is approached my Mr Jaggers a cunning lawyer with many clients who end up at the end of a noose he also has a compulsive propensity towards hand washing Jaggers informs Pip that he has a benefactor and that this benefactor has “great expectations” for Pip To receive his money Pip is told he must travel to London become a gentleman and retain his name Pip does so believing all the while that his benefactor is Miss Havisham If there is a spine to this book a central narrative thread it is Pip’s pursuit of the lovely acidic Estella To this end Pip acts poorly in society goes in hock to his creditors and spars with Bentley Drummle for Estella’s affections Of course this being a Dickens novel there is a lot swirling about Everywhere you look there are colorful satellite characters who seem all the lively for orbiting Pip Though unlikeable at times Pip is mostly dull Mainly I attribute this to the first person narrative It is easy to look out onto the world and harder to look inward Thus Pip is better at dramatizing the people he meets than in understanding himself One of the typical Dickensian eccentrics Pip encounters is John Wemmick a clerk for Mr Jaggers Wemmick lives in a house modeled after a castle and has a father “The Aged P” who has an affinity for firing off a cannon There is also Herbert Pocket who becomes friends with Pip even though their relationship begins with near fisticuffs Pocket comes from a huge dysfunctional family that Dickens describes with apparent glee Though Great Expectations is not as long as David Copperfield or Bleak House it sprawls enough to cause confusion Character lists may become necessary Of course Dickens hates randomness and it is worth bearing in mind that most of the people you meet even the secondary personages will tie back into the main story In Dickens’ London everybody knows everybody else and all are ruled by the Gods of Coincidence Great Expectations involves a bit of a twist I won’t assume you know the substance of this twist the way Pip assumes the identity of his benefactor so I will not spoil it If it is possible to spoil something published in 1861 I feel like I have a hit and miss relationship with Dickens’ work Usually I’m a fan of big messy epics The bigger and messier the better However w