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Great Expectations: A Review

This is the next of the classics books I challenged myself to read. I remember trying to read a Dickens book when I was a lot younger, although I can’t remember which one it was now but this is the first time I’ve finished one of his stories.

Great ExpectationsI found myself quite disappointed with this one. I struggled to get into the story, often bogged down by difficult to read sentences and I never really felt for Pip the way I do for other characters. He was a tad on the wet side and did very little to make him a good sort of character, although the few things he did do were very kind and led to him not entirely failing at the end of the story.

The book focused most on Pip and his living style while making very little of the scandals and adventurous side of things, almost adding them in as afterthoughts and gossip Pip happened to hear from people. Although people were often said to feel something, it wasn’t shown very well, often making me unable to feel whatever they might be feeling with them.

Definitely not a classic I will be recommending. I only managed to get into the story enough to read more than a chapter here or there once I was at about 70% and the action of the end part picked up, and that’s a lot of a book to read before you care enough to really want to read on.