Day 11 – Great Expectations
Dicken’s 13th novel, and in my opinion, the best. This book has so much written about it and by more scholarly persons than me, so I will limit my commentary to those specific points that appealed to me.
I liked that the theme, that good prevails over evil, and the attempts by of a criminal to redress a crime and that government steps in to thwart his efforts: so lifelike! I like that colonial Australia is mentioned, rare in British novels, and the plight of those who came to our shores are highlighted, as are those in the poor conditions of the prison hulks.
I like the typically Dickensian character names: Pymblechook, Magwitch, Pip, Mr Jaggers, and Herbert Pocket. In reality, I really dislike these kind of names, but in a book, that are fantastic triggers to the visual imagery.
Apparently, Dickens changed some of the final words Pip says to Estella, and there is much discussion on the net about this, so this also makes it interesting.
Made into a multitude of tele-series and movies, Great Expectations is my favourite classic book that was initially published in installments in a periodical.
Something Well Worth Pondering About
DAY 12. – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t.