I decided to read this book only because it was a "classic." My opinion of this book changed completely after I finished reading it. Well, I still consider it a classic, but when I began Great Expectations, I expected it to be old, dusty, and boring. This book actually told of ignorance, dreams, trickery, cruelty, revenge, adventure, and suspense. When you are done reading it, you will fully understand why this book is titled "Great Expectations." If you can get past the first few chapters, I think you just might enjoy this book as much as I did.
This is a Classsic coming of age story, that really extrapolates the differences between the social classes of England in the 17th and 18th centuries, prior to Industrialization. A young, poor boy grows up in a poor family, and suddenly is whisked away without prior nowledge and is told that he is to come into a large inheritance, but he doesn't know by who?
Try reading this classic Tale, and you can really see what it means to have Great Expectations!!