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Great Expectations (English Edition)

Great Expectations (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman—and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.

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BIOGRAPHY Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens left school to work in a factory after his father was thrown into debtors' prison. Although he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, 5 novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms. Dickens sprang to fame with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Paper. Within a few years he had become an international literary celebrity, famous for his humour, satire, and keen observation of character and society. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly installments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction, which became the dominant Victorian mode for novel publication. The installment format allowed Dickens to evaluate his audience's reaction, and he often modified his plot and character development based on such feedback. For example, when his wife's chiropodist expressed distress at the way Miss Mowcher in David Copperfield seemed to reflect her disabilities, Dickens went on to improve the character with positive features. Fagin in Oliver Twist apparently mirrors the famous fence Ikey Solomon; His caricature of Leigh Hunt in the figure of Mr Skimpole in Bleak House was likewise toned down on advice from some of his friends, as they read episodes. In the same novel, both Lawrence Boythorne and Mooney the beadle are drawn from real life – Boythorne from Walter Savage Landor and Mooney from 'Looney', a beadle at Salisbury Square. His plots were carefully constructed, and Dickens often wove in elements from topical events into his narratives. Masses of the illiterate poor chipped in happiness to have each new monthly episode read to them, opening up and inspiring a new class of readers.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Eine verrückte Welt 18. Juni 2014
Von Albrecht
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Viele sind der Meinung, dies sei der beste Roman von Ch. DIckens. Ich Teile diese Meinung nicht. Er ist ohne Zweifel ein großer Roman. Die Schiksale und auch manche der Gestalten werden so überspitzt dargestellt, dass sie unwahrscheinlich anmuten, genau so wie manche Handlungen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of my fovorites readressed 5. Mai 2014
Von Stella P
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Absolutely awesome classic: deep, wise and hilarious irony - don't know what else to add. I am just rereading it in preparation of Mister Pip
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein zeitloser Klassiker! 10. Juni 2013
Von PM
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Eine wunderbar spannende und interessante Geschichte, deren Themen immer noch aktuell sind und es auch immer bleiben werden. Einfach berührend.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen ABRIDGED! 28. Juli 2013
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This is an abridged edition. Shame on Amazon for not saying so in the description. Fortunately this book passed into the publoc domain long ago, so you can find free editions online which are not abridged.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen My "Great Expectations" were satisfied by this book 17. Oktober 2013
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It is no coincidence that this book has become a classic in every sense of the word. Charles Dickens' notable work illustrates two themes that are still held to strongly today. One theme found in the book is that the actions that one subjects to in their early life can have an impact in their future life, so it is important to make good choices at a young age. The other is the importance of keeping your expectations low to remain humble. Pip's realization of this is illustrated as his thought process evolves throughout the different phases of his life. This theme is highlighted by the effects of actions that many characters made in their early lives and how those effects impact and connect to many other characters later in the book.

As a high school student, I believe that "Great Expectations" can have a strong influence on my peers because it provides a detailed example of the ways that one's actions today can have an impact on their future. This is an especially important read for young people in my age group to understand because now, more than ever, our actions are important towards determining our future and the relationships we have with others. As a reader, I feel like Dickens does an excellent job in illustrating this theme through examples found throughout the text. Not only does the illustration of a timeless theme satisfy my reading expectations, but so does Charles Dickens use of ornate, detailed writing style. In some parts of the book, Dickens grandiose writing style has the ability to create separate allegorical stories that connect to the plot within the actual story.

Through "Great Expectations" Charles Dickens has accomplished what so many authors strive to achieve. He has provided a real world example to an important theme in the book. He has inspired many young people to make good choices during that crucial time of their life. He has used his grandiose writing style to express important subjects in the book in a way that few other authors could.

Even though one of the themes of the book is to keep your expectations low to stay humble, I must say that after reading this, my expectations for books have been made great
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A classic! 27. März 2014
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After high school, I swore I'd never read anything as an assignment again. Lately, I've been craving the classics - even ones that we had to read back in English classes, and I'm finding I appreciate them so much more now.

If you ever wanted to revisit a classic story but didn't know where to start - start here!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The universality of the human condition. 8. Januar 2014
Von Miss JR Hancock - Veröffentlicht auf
Great Expectations comes with, oddly enough, a great number of expectations.

The author, Charles Dickens, was so renowned in his own time, and so well recalled and respected in our own, that “Dickensian” has come to connote most of our ideas of Victorian London. Great Expectations itself is widely considered one of Dickens best and most mature works of fiction, and is frequently set as school or university text. In fact, whenever there is suggestion of teaching less Dickens, there is a plea for him to be returned: “Our children must read Dickens to grasp the universality of the human condition, compassion for human suffering, and the reality of human heroism.”

So, does Great Expectations meet expectations? Does Dickens teach us about the universality of the human condition?

Well, this depends on what the question means. Great Expectations was was Dickens’ 13th and penultimate novel, and was published serially in All The Year Round in December 1860 to August 1861 before being published in the Victorian tradition of a three volumne book form* in October 1861. The story is about a orphaned English boy, Pip, and his journey into great expectations (of class mobility) with the financial assistance of an anonymous benefactor.

This story is most definitely a product of Dickens and the Victorian era, with much of its popularity depending precisely on its exemplification of so many of the traits of both: dramatic chapters grown out of a serial format; typical bildungsroman style (a story of personal, moral and physical growth); social commentary; eccentric and memorable characters; linear timeline with a realist representation of causal relationships.

Yet while this story is entirely a product of its time, it presents with sophistication and deftness some of the more universal struggles of humanity. Although Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, amongst others, remind us that the more basic tenants of universal feeling are physiological needs, Great Expectations nevertheless addresses some of the key struggles of modern culture. Pip is a satisfyingly flawed protagonist, beset by ambition, guilt and weakness, as well as courage and kindness. The plot may be driven by wealth and class struggles, but these are powerful institutions within most modern cultures, and they are treated accordingly by Dickens. And above all, Pip learns that wealth and class are institutions that do not necessarily come with human empathy or love. But perhaps most importantly, Dickens is currently one of most powerful figures of literature, and while his legacy may be considered problematic for a huge number of reasons, it is a legacy all the same. And reading that legacy, and being able to respond to it in an informed way, is a way of engaging with it.

So, for what it’s worth, I would recommend reading Dickens: it is time to meet those great expectations.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Worthy of its reputation 27. Dezember 2013
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The book met its own great expectations! I've intended to read this book for years, and am glad I did. It captures core societal themes of class mobility, young heartbreak, and true friendship. Dickens had a deep
insight of the human condition, and used it well to both entertain and enlighten.
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