Orphan Pip Pirrip’s life is transformed by a vast, mysterious inheritance. A terrifying encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decrepit Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella at Satis House; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor – these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip’s life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble station as an apprentice to blacksmith Joe Gargery, beginning a new life as a gentleman..
Great Expectations is THE all-time bildungsroman (don’t get to use that word too often!) or coming of age novel.
This classic is my husband’s favourite book. And many claim it to be one of the best novels of all time.
It was originally written in serial format which is why the plot moves along well. And the characters are very good. Jaggers the lawyer, for example, goes on to become Victorian-era lawyer personified.
Although I found Pip incredibly annoying at times, it’s telling how he really got under my skin. Him and his damn expectations!
Definitely not my favourite novel of all time, I enjoyed it, but I feel like perhaps the story appeals to men more?
“In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.”
“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.”