Charles Dickens - Great expectations

Took me rather a long time to get through this one, but in the end found it was worth it. For a Dickens novel it is refreshingly gloomy and dark most of the time; it is definitely one of his more mature works. At around 500 pages Great expectations also is one of his relatively shorter novels, luckily. It contains fewer characters and a more tightly woven plot than usual. All this - the gloominess, the succinctness and its mature style - make it the best Dickens novel I've read so far. Let's see which one can outdo it.

10 May 2007

Penguin Books, 2003
Originally published 1860


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