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Great Expectations (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Charles Dickens
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An absorbing mystery as well as a morality tale, the story of Pip, a poor village lad, and his expectations of wealth is Dickens at his most deliciously readable. The cast of characters includes kindly Joe Gargery, the loyal convict Abel Magwitch and the haunting Miss Havisham. If you have heartstrings, count on them being tugged.

Extrait

Chapter I.


My father's family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, my
infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than
Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.


I give Pirrip as my father's family name, on the authority of his tombstone
and my sister – Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. As I never saw
my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (for
their days were long before the days of photographs), my first fancies
regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their
tombstones. The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea
that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the
character and turn of the inscription, "Also Georgiana Wife of the Above,"
I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly. To
five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which were
arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of
five little brothers of mine – who gave up trying to get a living exceedingly
early in that universal struggle – I am indebted for a belief I religiously
entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in
their trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of
existence.


Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within as the river wound,
twenty miles of the sea. My first most vivid and broad impression of the
identity of things, seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw
afternoon towards evening. At such a time I found out for certain, that
this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip
Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were
dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and
Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and
that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes
and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes;
and that the low leaden line beyond was the river; and that the distant
savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the
small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was
Pip.


"Hold your noise!" cried a terrible voice, as a man started up from among
the graves at the side of the church porch. "Keep still, you little devil,
or I'll cut your throat!"


A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with
no hat, and with broken shoes, and with an old rag tied round his head. A
man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by
stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who
limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in
his head as he seized me by the chin.


"Oh! Don't cut my throat, sir," I pleaded in terror. "Pray don't do it,
sir."


"Tell us your name!" said the man. "Quick!"


"Pip, sir."


"Once more," said the man, staring at me. "Give it mouth!"

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A classic that you won't regret (re) reading! 13 janvier 2013
Par RMBP
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I read GE for the first time in junior high, and reading it again (many) years later just reminds me the profound impact of Dickens and his words on yesterday and today.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unexpected delight 29 mai 2013
Par RSL
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I am rereading DIckens and he keeps the suspense and surprise that no modern novelist can surpass. I look forward to the next. 5 stars
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 ABRIDGED! 28 juillet 2013
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This is an abridged edition. Shame on Amazon for not saying so in the description. Fortunately this book passed into the publoc domain long ago, so you can find free editions online which are not abridged.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Social commentary, mystery, romance and a great story... 26 novembre 2000
Par Linda Linguvic - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've never read any Dickens of my own free will. I was forced to read "A Tale of Two Cities" in high school and I thought that was enough for me. However, one day, on a whim, I bought a copy of Great Expectations. I'm not sure what I expected, but I certainly didn't expect to love it as much as I did.
Dickens is not a writer to read at a swift pace. Indeed, this novel was written in weekly episodes from December 1860 to August 1861 and, as it was created to be a serial, each installment is full of varied characters, great descriptions and a lot of action which moves the plot along and leaves the reader yearning for more. Therefore, unlike some books which are easily forgotten if I put them down for a few days, Great Expectations seemed to stick around, absorbing my thoughts in a way that I looked forward to picking it up again. It took me more than a month to read and I savored every morsel.
Basically the story is of the self-development of Pip, an orphan boy being raised by his sister and her blacksmith husband in the marshlands of England in 1820.
Every one of the characters were so deeply developed that I felt I was personally acquainted with each one of them. There was Pip's roommate, Herbert Pocket, the lawyer, Mr. Jaggers, and his clerk, Mr. Wemmick. And then there was the wicked Orlick. The dialogues were wonderful. The characters often didn't actually say what they meant but spoke in a way that even though the words might be obtuse, there was no mistaking their meaning. I found myself smiling at all these verbal contortions.
Dickens' work is richly detailed and he explores the nuances of human behavior. I enjoyed wallowing in the long sentences and letting myself travel backwards in time to a different world. However, even with the footnotes, I found myself sometimes confused by the British slang of 150 years ago, and there were several passages I had to read over several times in order to get the true meaning. Of course I was not in a particular rush. I didn't have to make a report to a class or take a exam about the book. This is certainly a pleasure.
I heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read.ting from the secret wealth of Magwitch, who made a fortune in Australia after being transported. Moreover, Magwitch's unlawful return to England puts him and Pip in danger. Meanwhile, Estella has married another, a horrible man who Pip despises. Eventually, with Magwitch's recapture and death in prison and with his fortune gone, Pip ends up in debtors prison, but Joe redeems his debts and brings him home. Pip realizes that Magwitch was a more devoted friend to him than he ever was to Joe and with this realization Pip becomes, finally, a whole and decent human being.
Originally, Dickens wrote a conclusion that made it clear that Pip and Estella will never be together, that Estella is finally too devoid of heart to love. But at the urging of others, he changed the ending and left it more open ended, with the possibility that Estella too has learned and grown from her experiences and her wretched marriages.
This is the work of a mature novelist at the height of his powers. 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. I would rank it with A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield among the very best novels of the worlds greatest novelist.
GRADE: A+
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 My "Great Expectations" were satisfied by this book 17 octobre 2013
Par Claudia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Karol S.

It is no coincidence that this book has become a classic in every sense of the word. Charles Dickens' notable work illustrates two themes that are still held to strongly today. One theme found in the book is that the actions that one subjects to in their early life can have an impact in their future life, so it is important to make good choices at a young age. The other is the importance of keeping your expectations low to remain humble. Pip's realization of this is illustrated as his thought process evolves throughout the different phases of his life. This theme is highlighted by the effects of actions that many characters made in their early lives and how those effects impact and connect to many other characters later in the book.

As a high school student, I believe that "Great Expectations" can have a strong influence on my peers because it provides a detailed example of the ways that one's actions today can have an impact on their future. This is an especially important read for young people in my age group to understand because now, more than ever, our actions are important towards determining our future and the relationships we have with others. As a reader, I feel like Dickens does an excellent job in illustrating this theme through examples found throughout the text. Not only does the illustration of a timeless theme satisfy my reading expectations, but so does Charles Dickens use of ornate, detailed writing style. In some parts of the book, Dickens grandiose writing style has the ability to create separate allegorical stories that connect to the plot within the actual story.

Through "Great Expectations" Charles Dickens has accomplished what so many authors strive to achieve. He has provided a real world example to an important theme in the book. He has inspired many young people to make good choices during that crucial time of their life. He has used his grandiose writing style to express important subjects in the book in a way that few other authors could.

Even though one of the themes of the book is to keep your expectations low to stay humble, I must say that after reading this, my expectations for books have been made great
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Poignant portrayals not lessened in abridged version 27 octobre 2013
Par Michael - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The abridged version captures all the main narration for the modern student glutted with media. I taught it to my English 12 students at [...] and the students enjoyed dickens' masterful portrayals of poverty and yearning. It certainly resonated with the 99%, and made an impact on the kids.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great expectations 23 février 2013
Par Linda Longmire - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Great book! Very deep reading - life lesson with so much meaning. All members portrayed different characteristics that had a major effect in the life of Pip. Everyone should read before starting life's journey.
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