Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I ADORE this book! So much to like about it for me and I am only sorry that I did not read it years ago.
Pip is a young man with little means who longs to be a proper gentleman. Through a series of mishaps, he does meet a number of characters who influence him a great deal, one of which is his unknown benefactor. He longs with love for Estella, the adopted daughter of the deranged Miss Havisham, who as a jilted bride raises her to be as cold and stony as possible to all suitors.
I loved Pips interactions with those who become his friends but yet was amazed at his turning a rather cold ear to Joe, his brother-in-law who had always been the best of friends to him.
Without giving away the various plot lines, I will say that although it came to a rather good ending, it was a bit anti-climatic for me. I wished for more to be done and said at the end.
Funny, sad, tender, poignant, instructive. For all of these reasons, I give this 5 stars.
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