Great Expectations

My mother once read aloud an abriged version of Great Expectations to my sisters and me. (My writing curriculum told me to start a book review with a startling statement, so there you have it.) All I could remember of the storyline was that it was rather dark and weird, in the truest sense of the word. I just went back and read the un-adulterated original by Dickens himself. It was absolutely incredible.

The story is about a young boy named Pip Pirrip who is living with his older sister, and her husband, Joe Gargery, a blacksmith. Pip lives a content life until one day when he is seven or eight, a convict sets in motion a string of events that promise--or threaten--to change his life forever. In front of a setting of fog, marshes and London, Pip meets with many individuals who open doors for him into a land which he thinks he wishes to enter; the land of wealth and influence; the land of the untouchable. He desires to be a man of Great Expectations.

The beginning and middle of the book are wonderful and enthralling: they seem to promise of an epic and renewing ending. But me and my sensibilities found the ending to be rather sad and disappointing, although it was anything but over-used. That being said, I implore you to read the book solely for the storyline and to prepare yourself to be content with the end.

1 comment:

Nana said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. KK, read an abriged vesion and enjoyed it. I know you are a big Dicken's fan, so I hate to say this, but I just can't stand him. Sorry!

Luckily, Mom isn't a big fan either, so we only have to read the requirments. No extra assignment, thank goodness!

I am in the middle of the "Left Behind" series. They are so good! If you don't already know they are novels that were written based on Bible prophesies of the Rapture and Tribulation. There is another series written for teen agers called "Left Behind:the Kids" but I have a feeling they will be too washed out after reading the other series.

So there you have it. The Nana reading update.;)

Happy Wednesday!