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D is for Dickens. The orphan Pip is destined to become a blacksmith like his brother-in-law Joe. But when Pip meets the beautiful Estella Havisham, he yearns for a gentlemans education in order to woo her. A mysterious legacy answers his ambition, and changes the course of his life, taking him far from the Marshes of youthfar, so he thinks, from his early terrifying encounter with an escaped convict, and his sisters class resentments. In this fictional autobiography, Pips coming-of-age story becomes representative of the changing social landscape of nineteenth century England. As Pips education provides upward social mobility, he must also learn hard lessons about self-delusion and forgiveness, love and loss, and the true nature of his Great Expectations.
An absorbing mystery as well as a morality tale, the story of Pip, a poor village lad, and his expectations of wealth is Dickens at his most deliciously readable. The cast of characters includes kindly Joe Gargery, the loyal convict Abel Magwitch and the haunting Miss Havisham. If you have heartstrings, count on them being tugged.