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Great expectations

by Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Monroeville Public Library Fiction DICKENS CHARLES
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Upper St. Clair Township Library Classics CLASSICS DICKENS Charles
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Classics
Call Number  CLASSICS DICKENS Charles
"Great Expectations" is the classic novel by Charles Dickens that traces the life of an orphan named Pip. The novel begins on Christmas Eve 1812 where we find a seven year old Pip as he encounters an escaped convict in the cemetery where Pip's family is buried. Pip lives with his abusive older sister, and her husband Joe Gargery, a blacksmith, whom Pip works for as an apprentice. A wealthy spinster, Miss Havisham, encourages a friendship between Pip and her adopted daughter Estella. When Pip receives a large sum of money from an anonymous benefactor, whom he assumes to be Miss Havisham, he leaves for London to become a gentleman. Soon after Estella arrives in London and Pip, who is in love with the girl, escorts her about the town. When it is discovered that Miss Havisham is not the anonymous benefactor, a series of events is set in motion with tragic consequences. At the center of the novel is a complicated set of themes that can be simplified by the idea that the affection of love and loyalty of friendship are more important than aspirations for wealth and to a higher social class. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper, includes a preface by G. K. Chesterton, and an introduction by Andrew Lang.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Many baby boomers got their first taste of great literature from a Classics Illustrated comic. This volume in the relaunched line introduces readers to Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, the story of a young man's search for acceptance after receiving riches from a mysterious benefactor. With a book as long as Dickens' classic, it's natural that the comic is text heavy, but even so, it's astonishing how well adaptor and illustrator Geary hits the high points of the serpentine story. The art captures the drama (and don't miss the beautiful endpapers), though for those who know the story, Miss Havisham is drawn more coarsely than one might wish. Use this as a gateway to the classic; it may also be the only chance some kids get to meet Dickens' fascinating characters. Either way, readers will come away understanding why the story has endured. An updated profile of Geary, and a note from the editor of the original series complete the new harcover package.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This beloved classic from Dickens follows the life and adventures of a six-year-old orphan named Pip as he makes his way and comes of age in 19th-century England. Simon Prebble turns in a solid performance in this audio edition, offering up a lush and resolutely dramatic reading and creating a panoply of unique voices and accents for the book's many characters. But while Prebble's performance is lavish, it fails to distinguish itself from the scores of previous audio productions of Dickens's novels. Still, his reading remains a pleasure and a well-orchestrated introduction to the world of Dickens-one that could serve as a wonderful opportunity for both fans and those new to the author's work. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Ex-convicts -- Fiction.
Benefactors -- Fiction.
Young men -- Fiction.
Revenge -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
England -- Fiction.
Publisher 2017
Contributors Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936, writer of preface.
Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, writer of introduction.
Language English
Description 382 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781420951363
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