Author: Charles Dickens
Why should I read this book?
Full disclosure: This is the first full work of Charles Dickens that I have ever read.
(And I call myself a bookworm. The shame.)
I honestly can’t believe I didn’t want to read this book when I received it as a gift a few years ago. Yes, the words are difficult, the plot is complicated, and the hero is really an anti-hero, but those aren’t bad things. All those components just serve to make this book endlessly fascinating. I was captivated by Dickens’ well-developed characters, social commentary, and comic genius. (I would like to emphasize the comic genius part — I literally laughed out loud several times while reading.)
I enjoyed reading this book so much that I now own two copies. Also, I think I’d like to marry Herbert Pocket.
Recommended for people who like: dry humor, bromances, Victorian England
There have been tons of movie adaptations of this book, but I found the characters and descriptions to be so strong that I didn’t want other people’s images to conflict with mine. Therefore, I refuse to watch Great Expectations.
There is, however, a fantastic song by The Gaslight Anthem entitled “Great Expectations” that makes references to the book.