Monday, April 23, 2007

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

Ah, what a nice stretch of the mental muscles to read a nice, thick book with big honkin' words. I've come to equate Dickens with big honkin' words. (Well, actually I equate any 19th Century writing with big honkin' words.) I also equate him with intricate plots and memorable characters. This book quite fulfilled my, er, expectations. Overall, it's a satisfying book, though I really didn't get into it until the last third of the book. 'Tis one of those classics that every well read person should have checked out back in their school days. It's the story of Pip--Philip Pirrip--an orphaned lad being raised by his sister and her blacksmith husband. The poor kid gets abused a lot, both by his sister and other folks in his community. An odd relationship with a rich recluse, Miss Havisham, gives Pip a peek into the lifestyles of the rich and famous and makes him dissatisfied with his humble station in life. When a mysterious benefactor gives him the opportunity to become a gentleman, Pip heads to London with hardly a look back. Of course, what one expects isn't always what one gets...
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