In our Readers Corner Section, We always try to present worth reading book reviews. This Week, We are presenting Book Review of “Great Expectations” Written by Charles Dickens, Reviewed by Rabia Talpur. I Hope you like it.
Book Review “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens
There’s always the first time of everything right? The first time you held a bat in your hand and found cricket to be your most-liked sport, the first time you participated in science exhibition and found yourself lost in the laws of physics and in the chemical reactions of chemistry. Likewise, there’s always the first book that keeps you on hook, the book that brings out the book-lover that is in you. I was introduced to my first book in 4th grade and I’m utmost thankful to Mr Charles Dickens for writing a master piece such as “Great Expectations”.
I still remember the emotional roller coaster I was on during the read, from feeling sorry for the protagonist to feeling happy for him, “Great Expectations” doesn’t let its readers to put the book down. Published in 1860, this novel revolves around a young orphaned boy named Pip, short named for Phillip Pirrip, who lives with his harsh and selfish elder sister Mrs Joe and her husband Mr Joe. Due to his sister’s malicious behavior, pip usually finds himself sitting in front of the graves of his parents in the moor not knowing how his visits to the graveyard would one day be life changing for him when he’d come across a convict in the graveyard and feed him and help him to escape.
Another interesting character of the novel is Miss Havisham, who preserved herself and shut herself up from the world for nearly twenty years following the betrayal she received from her fiance. Pip’s first encounter with Miss Havisham seems to be a bit spooky, considering how Miss Havisham left everything the way it was since her wedding day twenty years back, even her appearance in her wedding dress! To take her revenge from men, Miss Havisham adopts a girl Estella and raises her to be beautiful and desirable but completely heartless.
Pip falls in love with Estella, and Estella in return never misses an opportunity to belittle and humiliate him of his looks and inferior class status. But life had its own surprises, Pip soon received a lawyer announcing that he has been named as the heir of a mysterious person of property. And with this new advancement in his life, Pip experiences not so good changes in himself. All along the time, he believes Miss Havisham to be his benefactor and Estella to be intended for him. Not wanting to spoil it for you, I’ll only tell that It isn’t Miss Havisham and young pip must face the fact that he has, all along, been entirely and hideously wrong.
The novel deals with how one can misjudge everyone and even himself , and how not just the lack of money or need of money is the cause of all problems but how a man’s life can change positively after loosing the money he once had.The main themes of the novel involve social class, aspiration, wealth and crime. and how social class shouldn’t matter rather the desire to be good and to change should be appreciated. This novel has proved to be Mr Dicken’s most well known and loved works, and has been frequently filmed and dramatized and considered one of the great achievements of English Literature. You guys can even watch the TV series based on this novel at BBC too.
Let me also share below some of my favorite lines from the novel “Great Expectations”.
- I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
- Love her, love her, love her! If she favors you, love her. If she wounds you, love her. If she tears your heart into pieces – and as it gets older and stronger , it will tear deeper – love her, love her, love her!
- Moths, and all sort of ugly creatures, hover about a lighted candle. Can the candle help it?
- Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the building dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
- I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.
- You are in every line I have ever read.
- I have been bent and broken, but i hope, into a better shape.
- It was one of those march days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when its summer in the light and winter in the shade.
Hello all, I’m Rabia Talpur, an Engineer by degree and a banker by profession. I have graduated from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and I believe reading to be one’s life’s blood. Stay tuned for more exciting book reviews!