Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip.
– From Wikipedia
Great Expectations is a new addition to my 2012 26 book challenge list. I needed a replacement for Michel del Castillo’s La Guitare, which is sadly only available in French. I had considered dropping a Danny Wallace-style twist on myself and forcing myself to read the book in [my dreadful, GCSE-standard] French, but Great Expectations seemed a good fit for three reasons:
- The book representing New Zealand on my list is Lloyd Jones’s Mister Pip
- During the longlisting process, Ben had suggested I read a Charles Dickens novel
- I’ve never liked Dickens and his paid-by-the-word verbal extravagance. For that reason I haven’t read anything by him in about 10 years, so it will be interesting to revisit his work.
So this is the second (or, rather, the first of two) books by English authors on my list (the other is David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten). Naughty, but justified, I think.
484 pages of Dickens, here I come. Does anyone else find the prospect stultifying?