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GREAT EXPECTATIONS... God, it's taking me AGES to get through this

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notnowbernard Thu 07-May-09 22:20:17

But I am enjoying it, strangely

I normally read quickly

I'm into month 2 with this blush

Can only read 1 chapter at a time... start to zone out if I do any more than that... it's so bloody wordy

It's my first attempt at Dickens <philistine>

I'm just over half way through... I'm definitely going to finish it, but please tell me it's worth it!

janeite Thu 07-May-09 22:21:33

It's not worth it! Can't be doing with Dickens.


sassy Thu 07-May-09 22:23:23

I hate Dickens. Great stories, appaling delivery IMVHO.

Try Vanity Fair next - they say Dickens-haters all enjoy Thackery.

notnowbernard Thu 07-May-09 22:23:24

I enjoyed Vol 1

But it's all sort of gone off the boil in the middle

I will persist

notnowbernard Thu 07-May-09 22:23:24

I enjoyed Vol 1

But it's all sort of gone off the boil in the middle

I will persist

sassy Thu 07-May-09 22:24:53

Oh, and the end of Great E is not the one he planned to write, His mate Wilkie Collins told him to write something more crowd-pleasing, so he did. (Spineless man)

janeite Thu 07-May-09 22:25:30

Vanity Fair = fab.

notnowbernard Thu 07-May-09 22:26:41

Sassy - that's it! It's a gripping storyline but he blathers on and on, doesn't he?

cazzybabs Thu 07-May-09 22:27:11

oh god i am nearly at the and and loved it (lthough I did get a bit lost in the middle - maybe because i am a bit thick and don't get dickens

janeite Thu 07-May-09 22:28:00

He was paid by the yard and it shows!

notnowbernard Thu 07-May-09 22:31:16

We are singing from the same song-sheet, Cazzy

Janeite, I'm going to finish it... I hate giving up on books and I recently abandoned The Great Gatsby so I've reached my quota already

janeite Thu 07-May-09 22:32:58

Ah - now 'The Great Gatsby' is another book with 'Great' in its title, that actually wasn't so great: you seem to have a bit of a theme going here!

notnowbernard Thu 07-May-09 22:34:06


cheapskatemum Fri 08-May-09 22:51:05

It was my O level literature text! Love Dickens myself, but never managed to get beyond 2nd page of "Vanity Fair", so I guess the converse of Sassy's theory is true! Would not recommend "Bleak House" for OP (now, that was my A level text)

seeker Fri 08-May-09 22:55:13

I wrote an essay on great Expectations in my finals without having read the book - I just couldn't finish it!

yappybluedog Sat 09-May-09 08:41:39

I find audio books very good when it comes to the classics wink

notnowbernard Thu 28-May-09 21:23:03

I finished! (Thank the Lord)

I actually really enjoyed Vol 3 and am so pleased I plodded on

Queenoftheharpies Thu 28-May-09 23:36:00

Since it was originally published as a serial, I reckon 1 chapter at a time is the way to go at great expectations. Likewise David Copperfield - I read that to an ex boyfriend once, 1 chapter a night, back in the days when I was romantic like that.

Babbity Thu 28-May-09 23:40:01

I loved GE (read it on honeymoon!)

But Vanity Fair is brilliant, I'm due for a reread actually.

(In the BBC adaptation, Captain Dobbin was played by Philip Glenister aka Gene Hunt, fact fans)

Queenoftheharpies Tue 02-Jun-09 11:36:03

I think you can get editions of GE with both endings - the one Dickens wanted to write is better and a lot more plausible.

Mind you, the whole book is so implausible, by the time you get to the end you're immune to daft coincidences.

Blackduck Tue 02-Jun-09 11:54:00

Loath Dickens, except for Hard Times which is remarkably Wilkie Collins - there's a Victorian writer for you!

NoTart Tue 02-Jun-09 12:04:52

It´s worth it, it´s brilliant! Very funny in part, don´t know how people miss this. Agree though that some of Dickens´work is pretty tedious. Move onto David Copperfield for the next one, plan a year or so to get through it though ; )

canttouchthis Mon 08-Jun-09 21:45:35

OP I've just finished Sense and Sensibility and I thought that was also very wordy, took me about 6 months to read that (but did enjoy it!!). Have Moby Dick to read and also Great E too. Will attempt them after the 39 steps..

Persevere with your book, you will get there in the end!

wrinklytum Mon 08-Jun-09 21:48:03

I did GE for my gcse and hated it.Soooo wordy.

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