Last month, I mentioned that I was on a quest to read some classic literature.
I know what you’re thinking… it sounds super dorky… bordering on pretentious.
I finished up Great Expectations by Charles Dickens the other evening.
I actually wrote out 7 huge paragraphs about my thoughts on the book, but I decided to condense it all into 7 snappy sentences, since this is, like the internet and all. I mean, I almost titled this post, “7 things you need to know about Great Expectations”.
1) The novel is NOT : a cute, children’s story like Oliver Twist. (That’s what I thought it was!)
2) Pace of the story : Slow and rambly to start. The story picks up in Chapter 20!
3) How’s the old fashioned language? A bit tricky to read. I had to re-read some sentences a few times to get the hang of it. But by Chapter 3, I was all good.
4) Words I didn’t know: Perspicuity, remonstrance, penitentials, farinaceous. What the heck?
5) The ah-ha moment at Chapter 19: We were FINALLY told WHY the story is called Great Expectations. I was tempted to google it before I found out, but I was happy I didn’t.
6) Plot Summary: A story about a good-hearted boy with lofty goals; an unexpected gift that changed his life; how he rejected his family and friends, and his moral journey through life after that.
7) Best parts: I adored the language and the found the story quite compelling in the end. It had some unexpected twists and surprises.
I really liked it and might pick up Tale of Two Cities next time.