Friday, July 11, 2014
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A story about main character, Pip, struggling with good and bad impulses within himself. This also a story about social class differences (Pip before and after and yet after-after), hopeless (or not) love (Estella, Biddy), friendship (Herbert), public and private face (Wemmick and Aged P.), simplicity versus pompous posing (Joe and Pumblechook), vengeance and disillusionment (Ms. Havisham). In addition, the book gives glimpses of England in the second half of 19th century: capitalism (Pip-Herbert-Wemmick), active international trade, colonialism, great social differences.
All in all, I liked the book's rich characters, rather interesting plot and background scenery.