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Dickens originally intended Great Expectations to be twice as long, but constraints imposed by the management of All the Year Round limited the novel's length. The novel is collected and dense, with a conciseness unusual for Dickens. Chesterton, Dickens penned Great Expectations in "the afternoon of [his] life and fame. It is set among the marshes of Kent and in London in the early to mids. The novel contains some of Dickens most memorable scenes, including its opening, in a graveyard, when the young orphan Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch.

Great Expectations is a graphic book, full of extreme imagery, poverty, prison ships "the hulks" , barriers and chains, and fights to the death.

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Upon its release, Thomas Carlyle spoke of "All that Pip's nonsense. Jaggers, Wemmick with his dual personality, and the eloquent and wise friend, Herbert Pocket. Throughout the narrative, typical Dickensian themes emerge: Great Expectations has become very popular and is now taught as a classic in many English classes. It has been translated into many languages and adapted many times in film and other media.

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To Kill a Mockingbird. CliffsNotes on Dickens' Great Expectations. A Tale of Two Cities. Here's how restrictions apply. I'd like to read this book on Kindle Don't have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. See all customer images. Read reviews that mention great expectations charles dickens high school miss havisham twists and turns tale of two cities read this book highly recommend old english years ago great book must read oliver twist story line main character writing style character development david copperfield public domain good book.

Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I'm generally not a fan of old books and old authors. For their time, I'm sure they were the greatest, but some just don't hold up well to time.

This one, however, sure does. There were twists in the book I just wasn't expecting, and Charles Dickens' writing and grammar add old-time character to his stories without making it overly hard to understand in our current lexicon. Great plot, steady pacing, developed characters you end up feeling for. And it all happens in a way that you don't realize until a plot twist.

Extremely well done book. Are you looking for something different to read? Like me, did you somehow fail to read this book in your years at school? Over my lifetime I have sometimes found it difficult to make my way through the older classics--mostly due to the antiquated style of language. They simply felt wordy and slushy going into them. We are trained, in this day and age, to want a faster, sharper payoff. But having recently watched a movie entitled "Mr. Pip" about a man in Papua New Guinea who takes on the overwhelming task of teaching schoolchildren during violent times, I became interested in trying Great Expectations.

I am 58, and so soon I realized I had began some long time ago to read the book Then I knew nothing, any longer, of the story. I am happy I stuck with it. It still felt wordy to me at times, but I enjoyed relaxing and taking in the old language. Dickens' writing to be rich, in a way any era might respect, if using an open mind.

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I chuckled a hundred times, wept a few, and cheered as well. I loved its protagonists and despised its villains. It is a masterpiece for a reason. Dickens draws a character without fear or shyness of overindulgence. His people can seem almost caricatures visually Pip's mistakes, I found, mirrored some of my own and in this way I see that time does march on even as we humans remain, well, imperfectly human.

The story actually felt comforting to me. The very last paragraph left me wondering in a way that did feel like just a little bit of a letdown Written almost a century and half ago, I was surprised to find Great Expectations exceed my own expectations from this book. We witness young Pip's metamorphosis through a first person narrative that takes him from being a humble apprentice to his blacksmith uncle to a young lad aspiring to be the finest of gentleman lost in the pretentious streets of London.

Here, we see John Dickens speaking epigrams that will eventually become dialogue spoken by Micawber in Charles Dickens's novel. I seriously doubt that such material was actually handed to Dickens in a manner like this, but it's very entertaining. Regrettably, but perhaps out of necessity, the central role of Charles Dickens is played by three different actors: Gene Foad is a dullish Charles in the next two episodes, when Dickens as a stagestruck young man endeavours to become a playwright and actor.

Roy Dotrice plays Charles Dickens very well for most of the series, ageing as the episodes progress. Dotrice also plays Dickens's impecunious father John, and there are some unintentionally bizarre moments in the fourth episode when Roy Dotrice plays long sequences opposite himself, portraying father and son in long dialogue scenes! Possibly for budgetary reasons, this production does not plump for double-exposure, so the camera must dizzyingly cut back and forth between two separate Roy Dotrices, never getting them both in the same shot. The supporting cast are excellent as well, including Ben Kingsley pre-Oscar.

Inevitably, some important things have been left out Dickens died five years after the accident, to the very day: Despite some flaws, I'll rate 'Dickens of London' a full 10 out of Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.

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Full Cast and Crew. The elder Dickens is a teller of tales and always seem to have ambitions that are well beyond his means or his Roy Dotrice , John F. Our Favorite Trailers of the Week. My period drama to-watch list. Share this Rating Title: Dickens of London — 7. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

Edit Cast Series cast summary: Dolby 12 episodes, Diana Coupland Dickens 9 episodes, Adrienne Burgess Mary Hogarth 7 episodes, Graham Faulkner Fred Dickens 6 episodes, Simon Bell Charles Dickens as a Boy 6 episodes, Holly Palance Edit Storyline Charles Dickens grew up in a family where his father was larger than life.

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