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اثر چارلز دیکنز از انتشارات دبیر - مترجم: مهدی علوی-داستان تاریخی

در دیکنز، بهترین رمان، فروتن، اپیلاسیون یتیم، به کار کثیف کمان مشغول است، اما جرات می کند رویای تبدیل شدن به یک نجیب زاده شود - و یک روز، تحت شرایط ناگهانی و مبهم، او خود را در انتظار انتظارات عالی می یابد. در این داستان غم انگیز جنایت و گناه، انتقام و پاداش، شخصیت های قانع کننده عبارتند از مگویچ، محارب ترسناک و ترسناک؛ Estella، که زیبایی آن تنها با شکوه و شکوفایی او برجسته است؛ و خانم هاویشام، متولد تیره، یک عروس ناهموار بی نظیر است. نوشته شده در دهه گذشته زندگی او، انتظارات بزرگ نشان می دهد نگرشی تاریک دیکنز به جامعه ویکتوریا، ساختار طبقات ذاتی و ماتریالیسم آن است. با این حال این رمان همچنان یکی از محبوب ترین های دیکنز است.


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Great expectation was my first book of Dickens. Years ago when I read it, I could not possibly understand its importance from the perspective of social injustice and class conflict of that time. I remembered that initial self-introduction of a young boy, where he talked about his family names and discussed why he preferred himself to be called as Pip and not Philip.

I still had a fresh picture of how one day suddenly Pip encountered that fearful man, who was soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and stung by nettles. Who limped, shivered, glared and growled and cried in a terrible voice..

“Keep still, You little devil, or I’ll cut your throat!”

Other image that was still persisting in my mind was that of Miss Havisham, who lived in a dilapidated house. Where in a dreary room, which was faintly lighted by candles, speckled legged spiders running home on that table cloth darkened with black fungus, mice rattling behind the panels, and she with a hand upon Pip’s shoulder, leaning on her crutch headed stick, pointing to that big table saying …

“This is where I will be laid when I am dead. They shall come and look me here.”


I reread it, to recall what else had happened in Pip’s life, which I had partially forgotten. This time I could feel this dramatic work of Dickens with some maturity and totality. I could feel the constant inner struggle of Pip with his own conscience. Pip was ambitious and he constantly tried to become a gentleman. His purpose was to impress a young noble girl, Estella.

In fact I grew with this story this time; I understood and reckoned many new themes. Themes of crime, class conflict, ambition and guilt were more clearly comprehended by me.

Imagery of Dickens has created some eternal and timeless characters in this book. I truly adored the approved this story yet again.

It just sprawled and quivered into me!

“I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so, the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her.”

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5 stars to Charles Dickenss Great Expectations. So many good choices in the world of Charles Dickens, but ultimately, even though I love me some ghosts of Scrooge, Great Expectations wins out.

Most of us probably were @[email protected] to read this book in junior high or high school. I am one of those people; however, I was an English major in college and read it again for one of my courses. Its one of those books that gets better as you get older and stronger each time you read it. If you only read it once, or you barely recall the story, I implore you to give it another chance.

This is the story of America. This is the story within all of us. It challenges culture and race. It challenges rich and poor. It challenges men and women. It challenges children and adults. It challenges marriage and being single. It challenges everything.

There are multiple plots and stories within this book. The characters are classic icons. The themes are intrinsic and speak to everything that America is built on.

At first, I admit it could feel overdone. The plot is varied and complex at times, but within each story, the lessons you learn without even realizing it are the little surprises you encounter when you least expect it.

Who cant imagine the wedding dress? Who hasnt contemplated what it would be like to steal something (even a pencil or a photocopy at work)? Who hasnt contemplated what love means?

You cant escape the realism and the drama all wrapped up in this book.

Its what helps you formulate so many ideas of life.

Go back and read it again if you havent read it in years and didnt have an open mind. Eh, then watch the movie if you still have questions.

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It is very difficult to know where to start with this review of Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’ – a novel that has been for many years and almost undoubtedly always will be one of my very favourite novels.

Perhaps one day when I can find the time and the inspiration, I will write a lengthy, well thought out, elegantly constructed and truly insightful in depth review – perhaps managing to convey and capture a modicum of the brilliance of ‘Great Expectations’ and the literary genius of author Charles Dickens.

In the meantime, I will take the easy option and just say that ‘Great Expectations’ is almost definitely the greatest novel by one of the greatest novelists in the English language ever to have put pen to paper. ‘Great Expectations’ is an absolute joy to read from start to finish – it is funny, moving, compelling, exciting, thought provoking, intelligent and insightful. It has unforgettable and well-drawn characters (who can forget – Pip, Magwitch, Miss Havisham, Joe, Estella et al?) along with so many unforgettable scenes forever etched in the memory. Dickens provides us with brilliant and perfectly paced narrative, along with enlightened social and political commentary. Basically there is something for everyone here.

Everything about ‘Great Expectations’ is done to perfection. Beyond that, I will say little more – other than that if you only ever read one book by Charles Dickens – then this must be it.


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Great Expectations, Charles Dickens 1860 first person narration centers on the formation and social development of the inimical English character Pip.

Set in and around London in the early 1800s, Dickens uses vivid imagery and his usual genius at characterization to build a story that has become one of English languages greatest and most recognized stories.

As always in a Dickens’ novel, his brilliant cast of intriguing characters takes center stage as the reader comes to know a parade of literary gems. Perhaps the most intriguing is the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch, a complex man who Dickens brings to understandable life. Another classic portrayal is that of the jurist Mr. Jaggers, a lawyer who no doubt has become the template for a long list of legal caricatures since.

Two words: Miss Havisham.

Typical Dickensian themes such as wealth and poverty, isolation and salvation, and the struggles between good over evil come to life in this very entertaining story.

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Ive actually read this quintessentially Victorian novel twice. The first time was as required reading in junior high school, where I liked it from the get-go; the second time was as an adult, back in 1997. It remains one of my favorites (among the ones Ive actually read) of the novels of Dickens, a writer whose work I was first introduced to as a grade school kid, and have long counted as a favorite author. Written serially in 1860-61, its a mature Dickens work (his second-to-last completed novel). By the time of its composition, his unequaled mastery of characterization, dry humor, social consciousness, and ability to evoke powerful emotion and to conjure totally realistic scenes and situations even while writing in a thoroughly Romantic style, were already honed to their fullest perfection. But he also brought to this novel a focused moral message, which is more marked here than in some of his earlier works, such as David Copperfield, and the classic simplicity of a basically linear plot (albeit with some tightly controlled and dovetailed subplots). And in the person of Pip, he gives us here a protagonist whos dynamic --that is, who changes in significant ways besides aging and altered circumstances, unlike, for instance, the eponymous heroes of David Copperfield or Oliver Twist. For this reason, it has a stronger effect on the reader (or at least this reader) than either of those novels. (I rank it in the same class as my other favorite Dickens works, A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol.)

Although David Copperfield is usually considered Dickens most autobiographical work, Michael Slater (who contributes the introduction to the 1992 Knopf edition I read) makes the case that this novel represents @a far more ruthlessly honest fictional use of his personal [email protected] Its certainly the case that he was born in the same part of England as Pip, the marsh country around the southern coast, and evokes that setting here with a vividness born of personal familiarity. (The same goes for his ability to bring the teeming, sooty urban jungle of London to life.) Again in Slaters words, @The deep concerns of Dickens life that feature so prominently in the novel...[include]...concealment of a shameful prison secret about ones past [his father spent time in debtors prison], love for an unobtainable woman [Ellen Ternan], English class snobbery and the debate about what constitutes a gentleman, the life of the imagination, the father/son relationship, bad mothering, and the moral and psychological consequences of brooding on past wrongs and [email protected]

Its worth noting that this is the only Dickens novel, to my knowledge, for which he wrote two entirely different endings, the original more @[email protected] one (written in advance of publication) and a more ambiguous one which he wrote on the suggestion of his friend Bulwer-Lytton, and used in the published version. Both editions Ive read included both (the original ending being added as an appendix), and this seems to be a common practice. So the reader has a sort of @choose your own [email protected] option. :-) (Personally, I prefer the Bulwer-Lytton approach --as Dickens apparently did himself, considering his decision to publish it and not the original!) If readers have a settled dislike or mental block towards Victorian prose, they wont like this book; yes, its wordy (though, contrary to what some people believe, Dickens was NOT paid by the word for his writing), and the diction can be elaborate. But if that isnt a deal-breaker, this offers a great tale of Gothic atmosphere, lethal danger, intrigue and secrets, a window into a fascinating and vanished time --and most of all, Dickens deepest exploration of what really matters (and what doesnt matter) in human life, and what makes for human happiness. (And what doesnt.)

1.) Note: A more in-depth discussion of the novel, with some significant insights and interesting background information about, for instance, the real-life models for some of Dickens characters and settings, can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... .

2.) Note: Of the many movie and TV adaptations of this novel, the one I personally recommend is the 1999 version starring Ioan Gruffudd as Pip (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167187/ ). That one adopts the published ending as its conclusion.

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