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First published in three volumes by Chapman and Hall 1861  493 pages including alternate ending  Rinehart V Co., Inc. 1958 (well read) soft cover  Coming-of-Age Fiction

First published in three volumes by Chapman and Hall 1861
493 pages including alternate ending
Rinehart V Co., Inc. 1958 (well read) soft cover
Coming-of-Age Fiction



“ ….. Great Expectations shows a plot which leads the reader to a wrong solution before the correct explanation for Pip’s expectations is revealed. In the matter of suspense and motivation of mysterious action gradually explained to the reader, Great Expectations is Dickens’ best novel.” Introduction (in part) by Earl Davis 1948 – soft cover 1958 edition (mid-page vii).

Many years ago, I met a small stature of a boy by name Philip Pirrip who became known as Pip, so Pip is what we called him.

One dark ending day, in an old English churchyard cemetery, in marsh country down by the river, young Pip stood crying over the tombstones of his parents whom he had never met nor knew of their liking. The mist began to thicken the night as it cooled across the nettle-covered yard with its ghostly shrouded graves. A night where a runaway convict hid in the shadows, and watched. A night where a promise uttered in fear would forever change the course of one boy‘s life.

“….. 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-part) Goodreads

This is a story about lost love and the mystery that surrounds an unexpected gift. This is a story about paradiso perduto. A story with characters so vibrant that you will be hard pressed to delineate true from fiction. A story that will haunt you long after the final page is turned. This is Charles Dickens ……



  1. chowmeyow March 3, 2015 at 8:59 p03 #

    Great review! Oh how I love Charles Dickens.

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