Sunday, 22 June 2014

Great Expectations

Author- Charles Dickens
Publishers- Oxford University Press
Cost- Rs 50
Pages- 127
ISBN- 019561011-3

Another one of the great Dickens Novels. Great Expectations is a typical Dickens book with touches of sadness as well as happiness. The entire story revolves around Pip, the protagonist. The other main characters in the story are Herbert, Provis, Joe, Miss Havinsham and Estella.

Pip is a boy who has lost both his parents and his five brothers. He lives with his sister and her husband Joe. On Christmas eve, he meets a poor prisoner and helps him. After a few years, a Lady named Havinsham wants Pip to play for her. When he goes there, Pip meets Estella, a beautiful but rude girl and later falls in love with her. After some time, Pip becomes Joe's apprentice as a blacksmith, but in his heart was a burning desire to become a gentleman. Then he is told that there is man who would make him a gentleman and Pip agrees. But what awaits him there? Read this book to find out. This book is narrated in first person. Although this is an abridged version, the story still has the effect. A movie was released in 2012. Read this book to get a taste o the Victorian period.

Nirupam V


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