With an introduction by Robert Maniquis
Great Expectations is generally considered the finest achievement of Charles Dickens' illustrious literary career. Abundant with wondrous coincidences, singular characters, and abrupt plot twists, it narrates the epic story of the orphan Pip, whose sudden rise from poverty, fueled by a mysterious source, gives birth to newfound opportunities and expectations. Its stark social realism is a profound meditation on the nature of goodness, and the illusions and desires that divert us from lasting happiness. Since it was serialized weekly in 1861, Great Expectations has become a timeless classic.