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Great Expectations

Great Expectations - Simon Prebble, Charles Dickens WHEW!! That was a long haul!

What I liked:

1) Really great, evocative, authentic writing. Charles Dickens. Dickens's words in Prebble's mouth had the effect of plopping the reader right down in the same room with these characters. The story was very vivid because of the combined talents of these two men.

3) The revelation of who Pip's benefactor was. Excellent, thoroughly rewarding passage, even though I saw it coming.

4) Joe.


What I didn't like:

1) The density, which made this book seem really long! There are parts of this story that I tuned out because Dickens just went on endlessly! For me this had the effect of taking the momentum of the story and slamming it into a brick wall. I feel like the whole thing would have been better served if Dickens had gotten rid of some of the meandering (that's me giving advice to Charles Dickens (eye roll)). We spend, what, maybe more than 20 years with Pip? Well, it felt like it, hence three stars instead of four.

2) Estella.

I'm glad I read this. It exposed me to more Dickens than just [b:A Christmas Carol|5326|A Christmas Carol|Charles Dickens|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1165518693s/5326.jpg|3097440], and I discovered that for the most part I like his writing!