Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Review: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens book cover and reviewI would never make it through Charles Dickens without my Serial Reader app. I have tried to read Great Expectations previously but just couldn't do it. Taking it in 10-15 minute chunks daily is the only way for me.

I can't say I enjoyed Great Expectations, but I did get through it without any discomfort.

It really takes a long time for the story to get going.  It never moves at a fast pace, but it does pick up a bit at a point past the halfway mark.  I just didn't find the story all that compelling.  I was entertained by poor Pip's experiences but really could have read the CliffsNotes and been just as happy. The characterizations are great, and I enjoy visualizing them. There were some surprises that I didn't see coming and some that I did.

I readily admit I don't have the appreciation for the old terminology, slow pace, and very descriptive language used in many classical works. But now I can say I've read it. It will be a while before I tackle another Dickens.

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EBook obtained from Serial Reader
544 pages

Rating: 3/5

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1 comment:

  1. I never finished this book. I fell asleep at page 10 whether or not I'm caffeinated every time I pick up this book. I then decided it was fated that I wasn't suppose to read this book and it was a really long time before I picked up Dickens. What actually worked for me was A Tale of Two Cities because it outside of his orphan trope. Give that one a go if and when do you decide to pick up Dickens again.


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