Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After long procrastination, I finally invested some time in a Dickens novel. I had a bad experience with one in the past, and since then I have been scared of trying anymore. I am so glad I gave Dickens another shot.
Great Expectations is a book about learning to live happily in the present by giving your time, energy, and resources to the things that matter the most. Young Pip is the remarkably complicated protagonist in the diverse cast of characters who are connected throughout the book. He has a vision of being a gentlemen, and aspires to greatness - not unlike like many a young man I know. Pip's realization of what really matters in life is a beautiful illustration of one young man's slow ascent out of self-deception.
The book had a quicker pace than I was anticipating, and it was just really really enjoyable! I think a large part of that was that I enjoyed the audio recording on LibriVox (call it cheating or being smart). The ironies were delicious and haunting, and the characters were so identifiable and clear in my mind.
If all Dickens books are this great, then I think I may have just found one of my favorite authors.
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I am a graduate student in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. I enjoy writing, hiking, and spending time with my family.