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"The year is 1812. A young orphan, who calls himself Pip, is kneeling beside the grave of his dead family. Shivering in the cold winter air and crying over the passing of his relatives, he is completely unaware that something is about to happen that will change his life forever." Classical Comics brings this Charles Dickens classic to life in full color! It comes with skill "The year is 1812. A young orphan, who calls himself Pip, is kneeling beside the grave of his dead family. Shivering in the cold winter air and crying over the passing of his relatives, he is completely unaware that something is about to happen that will change his life forever." Classical Comics brings this Charles Dickens classic to life in full color! It comes with skillfully illustrated scenes and dialogue in original text form. It also features bonus material on Charles Dickens, The Dickens Family Tree, Crime and Punishment (in Victorian London), and insight on (Classical Comics)Page Creation.


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"The year is 1812. A young orphan, who calls himself Pip, is kneeling beside the grave of his dead family. Shivering in the cold winter air and crying over the passing of his relatives, he is completely unaware that something is about to happen that will change his life forever." Classical Comics brings this Charles Dickens classic to life in full color! It comes with skill "The year is 1812. A young orphan, who calls himself Pip, is kneeling beside the grave of his dead family. Shivering in the cold winter air and crying over the passing of his relatives, he is completely unaware that something is about to happen that will change his life forever." Classical Comics brings this Charles Dickens classic to life in full color! It comes with skillfully illustrated scenes and dialogue in original text form. It also features bonus material on Charles Dickens, The Dickens Family Tree, Crime and Punishment (in Victorian London), and insight on (Classical Comics)Page Creation.

30 review for Great Expectations: The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bea Haase

    3.5/5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maya Hayat

    The book Great Expectations was written in 1860 in London. The main character Pip is an orphan therefore he lives with his strict sister and her husband. One day he was caught by a man (Abel Magwitch) while going to his parents grave, he threats him and tells him to bring him food and a file which Pip does. Pip is being called to come and play with Estella, Miss Havisham's adopted daughter. He falls in love with her while she is being cruel and mean to him, he starts to work for his uncle Joe bu The book Great Expectations was written in 1860 in London. The main character Pip is an orphan therefore he lives with his strict sister and her husband. One day he was caught by a man (Abel Magwitch) while going to his parents grave, he threats him and tells him to bring him food and a file which Pip does. Pip is being called to come and play with Estella, Miss Havisham's adopted daughter. He falls in love with her while she is being cruel and mean to him, he starts to work for his uncle Joe but was never happy doing it. One day he gets a large amount of money from a lawyer and goes to London to learn to be a gentleman thinking he got the money from Miss Havisham, later on he discovers that the money came from Magwitch. After studying in London for several years he comes back home for his sister’s funeral. In the mid time Estella married a rich man and he visits Miss Havisham where he discovers that she was the reason Estella was always cruel. He tries to help Magwitch escape London but the police finds them and Magwitch goes to prison where he dies. Pip decides to go and visit Miss Havisham once again and this time he finds out that Estella’s husband has passed away and the two of them end up walking and holding hands. I enjoyed the book a lot and liked all the images and the dialogues and thought it help illustrate what happened but at the same time I found it confusing sometimes, not knowing what to read next.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Seraph

    I liked this book and I think the plot and characters in the book are very well developed. It also contains many important themes that can be seen throughout the book. In the beginning of the book, the protagonist Pip is just a boy. He is an orphan raised by his sister and her husband, Joe, the blacksmith and lives on a piece of marshland. He encounters an escaped prisoner and saves the man, which is the first turning point in the book because his future will change. Being a common boy and insul I liked this book and I think the plot and characters in the book are very well developed. It also contains many important themes that can be seen throughout the book. In the beginning of the book, the protagonist Pip is just a boy. He is an orphan raised by his sister and her husband, Joe, the blacksmith and lives on a piece of marshland. He encounters an escaped prisoner and saves the man, which is the first turning point in the book because his future will change. Being a common boy and insulted by the girl he likes, he starts to feel sick of his life and naturally wants to become better. After he leaves everything behind and begins his new journey in a new city, he starts with high expectations. However, as he goes through certain events in his life and the truth unravels, he starts to question himself. He then realizes what he really wants and becomes an experienced grown man. Another main character in the book is Estella, the girl Pip loves, who has also developed significantly throughout the book. Miss Havisham raised her up as a proud and insulting girl who has hurt Pip’s feelings multiple times. But as time goes by her youthful beauty fades and she finds no more meaning in her cold actions, she sees what she could have had and becomes a more mature woman.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Koen

    I think that the Great Expectation protagonist named Pip was a very well developed character throughout the story. We saw him starting as a very young boy who was innocent and had little fortunate future, he was merely a young boy who was family with a blacksmith. When he gets the opportunity to become a gentlemen in life and have a better fortune he starts changing and you can really start to see the development of his character. He starts off by wearing neater clothes that suit his position be I think that the Great Expectation protagonist named Pip was a very well developed character throughout the story. We saw him starting as a very young boy who was innocent and had little fortunate future, he was merely a young boy who was family with a blacksmith. When he gets the opportunity to become a gentlemen in life and have a better fortune he starts changing and you can really start to see the development of his character. He starts off by wearing neater clothes that suit his position better and he starts speaking in a more formal way. Then when he did that he went back to Estella and learned she didn't love him, he became more grown up as a character, not only becoming a gentlemen but growing up and becoming a man instead of a boy. He learns things not from education but just life lessons that make him who he was by the end of story. Pip's character is so well developed that at some points you hardly notice his change. Another person who really changes is Estella, at the beginning she was very mean to Pip but later realized this wasn't right because you grew up as well and was able to think for herself and make her own choices. Overall I think the characters are very well developed because you can see them develop throughout the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    William Andersson

    Great Expectations was originally written by Charles Dickens. This particular book was written by Jen Green, although it uses the same original text by the original author. I think that this is a great decision by Ms. Green, as it allows me to experience what Dickens wanted me to. The transformation of the novel to a graphic novel was interesting, especially as the art style is aesthetically pleasing, with many colours. I do not think that it improved my reading experience exponentially, althoug Great Expectations was originally written by Charles Dickens. This particular book was written by Jen Green, although it uses the same original text by the original author. I think that this is a great decision by Ms. Green, as it allows me to experience what Dickens wanted me to. The transformation of the novel to a graphic novel was interesting, especially as the art style is aesthetically pleasing, with many colours. I do not think that it improved my reading experience exponentially, although it made it slightly better, although it sometimes disrupted the flow of the book (probably due to the fact that this was the first graphic novel I have had the pleasure of reading). I did not enjoy the novel, due to the fact that I found the plot incredibly slow, with little to no development in characters other than Pip, until the end of the book. I also found the characters very difficult to remember, making the plot even more confusing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee

    'Great Expectations: The Graphic Novel' allows the reader to enjoy the uses of old english while still being able to understand the plot through pictures. The novel, although set in the past, involves some valuable lessons still relevant today. This allows the reader to reflect on it and learn something about expectations and experiences. The graphics allow more people to read the story without english as their first language, and they are very detailed, drawing the reader in, as most graphics i 'Great Expectations: The Graphic Novel' allows the reader to enjoy the uses of old english while still being able to understand the plot through pictures. The novel, although set in the past, involves some valuable lessons still relevant today. This allows the reader to reflect on it and learn something about expectations and experiences. The graphics allow more people to read the story without english as their first language, and they are very detailed, drawing the reader in, as most graphics in novels do. I gave it a three-star rating because although it is not the most eventful and exciting novel it still has a purpose for its plot as it teaches valuable lessons. In addition the graphics in the graphic novel were good and the plot builds up throughout the story with many problems Pip has to face but in the end sorts them out and becomes closer to the people who are important to him.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gil Omer

    This is the classic tale of Great Expectations, originally written by Charles Dickens and adapted into a graphic novel by Jen Green. On its own, Great Expectations is a good story. It tells the story of a boy named Pip, and follows his life as he leaves his rural heritage and pursues the life of a gentleman. An endearing story, and one boasting characters and themes worth studying and analyzing. This graphic novel is also a worthwhile adaptation. The artwork is beautiful and the book itself is of This is the classic tale of Great Expectations, originally written by Charles Dickens and adapted into a graphic novel by Jen Green. On its own, Great Expectations is a good story. It tells the story of a boy named Pip, and follows his life as he leaves his rural heritage and pursues the life of a gentleman. An endearing story, and one boasting characters and themes worth studying and analyzing. This graphic novel is also a worthwhile adaptation. The artwork is beautiful and the book itself is of remarkable page quality, gloss and everything. My only complaint, however, is that the layout of the graphic novel makes it a bit hard to follow sometimes. In conclusion, this definitely deserves a look in.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mathilde Jensen

    One of my summer reads for school was The graphic novel version of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I found it was better than I had expected as I connected well to the characters. I personally also liked the story line, however occasionally found it difficult to follow. The novel includes some very interesting ideas and themes and has a deeper meaning which I liked. It also teaches you a lot of about England in those times and how social classes was very important. Therefore, it is intere One of my summer reads for school was The graphic novel version of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I found it was better than I had expected as I connected well to the characters. I personally also liked the story line, however occasionally found it difficult to follow. The novel includes some very interesting ideas and themes and has a deeper meaning which I liked. It also teaches you a lot of about England in those times and how social classes was very important. Therefore, it is interesting to see the protagonist develop his thoughts about social classes. Overall, it is an enjoyable novel, which ideas will stay with you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Thomas NEuweiler

    I feel the Book was very well written and explored the theme of coincidences very well. The characters in the book are also very remember-able and interesting. The coincidences can get a bit annoying tho as it seems like too much sometimes. The book explores countless amount of themes during the story, this makes the book very fun to read and interesting. The ending of the book was a bit of a let down. The language used is very well as the great mid of Charles Dickens describes the surroundings I feel the Book was very well written and explored the theme of coincidences very well. The characters in the book are also very remember-able and interesting. The coincidences can get a bit annoying tho as it seems like too much sometimes. The book explores countless amount of themes during the story, this makes the book very fun to read and interesting. The ending of the book was a bit of a let down. The language used is very well as the great mid of Charles Dickens describes the surroundings very well and adds much detail in his writing. Overall this is very well thought out and definitely a must read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Noah Meyer

    I think that the story had good well built characters however this was little help to the book as there was little to no risks in it. All that happened, happened very slowly so that the reader never felt bad or good for the characters as it was more like reading a documentary about berries then a story about a country boy turned gentleman. It seemed as if everything that was given to him and he did not deserve anything. This made the whole book quite dull as there was no thrilling part of the no I think that the story had good well built characters however this was little help to the book as there was little to no risks in it. All that happened, happened very slowly so that the reader never felt bad or good for the characters as it was more like reading a documentary about berries then a story about a country boy turned gentleman. It seemed as if everything that was given to him and he did not deserve anything. This made the whole book quite dull as there was no thrilling part of the novel. I also think that the novel could have done a better job in showing the reader the feelings of the characters instead of telling them how the Pip interprets their movements/actions.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    The graphic novel form of "Great Expectations" shows the journey the protagonist (Pip) takes throughout his life, from being a poor boy who lives with his sister and her husband to being given an opportunity of a lifetime. The graphic novel version of the book "Great Expectations" was interesting and brought a different perspective to a well-known book. The graphic novel format helped bring life to the characters and scenes without many interruptions to dialogue. In addition, the graphic novel f The graphic novel form of "Great Expectations" shows the journey the protagonist (Pip) takes throughout his life, from being a poor boy who lives with his sister and her husband to being given an opportunity of a lifetime. The graphic novel version of the book "Great Expectations" was interesting and brought a different perspective to a well-known book. The graphic novel format helped bring life to the characters and scenes without many interruptions to dialogue. In addition, the graphic novel format adds more description of the landscape and emotions on the characters faces and their surroundings aiding the mood in scenes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex Adsett

    I thought this was an entertaining graphic novel with twists and characters coming back who you thought you would not see again. The pictures were very precise and were created by a talented artist. The pictures accurately described what was happening and sometimes gave more insight than just the captions alone. I was not Pips biggest fan but I suppose there were some qualities he possessed that were desirable. Such as him being a good friend and giving half his money to his best friend. Margere I thought this was an entertaining graphic novel with twists and characters coming back who you thought you would not see again. The pictures were very precise and were created by a talented artist. The pictures accurately described what was happening and sometimes gave more insight than just the captions alone. I was not Pips biggest fan but I suppose there were some qualities he possessed that were desirable. Such as him being a good friend and giving half his money to his best friend. Margerets feelings were an interesting part of the story because they were the revenge of her guardian. This was a fun book to read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Great Expectations was quite frankly a phenomenon of a novel. Dickens use of exceptional language really brings this timeless classic back to life. Pip, the main character who is also the protanganist in the novel, is a character who is easy to sympathize with. What, with his parents untimley and unfourtunate death at such a young age, Pip was frced to blend into normal society once more, this time with out a kind and helpful guiding hand. This novel is a heart-wrenching book full of suprises an Great Expectations was quite frankly a phenomenon of a novel. Dickens use of exceptional language really brings this timeless classic back to life. Pip, the main character who is also the protanganist in the novel, is a character who is easy to sympathize with. What, with his parents untimley and unfourtunate death at such a young age, Pip was frced to blend into normal society once more, this time with out a kind and helpful guiding hand. This novel is a heart-wrenching book full of suprises and tradedgy. A book to denfinatly look at.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bence

    I enjoyed this book because it really put me in pips shoes and the choices he made and paths he took could all be explained from his point of view. It was also interesting to see how the characters interacted with each other for example towards the end Pip and Joe, since Pip was now a gentleman while Joe was still a blacksmith. The only limitation of the book was that since it was a graphic novel it didn't leave much to the imagination and so I think it would be interesting to read the original I enjoyed this book because it really put me in pips shoes and the choices he made and paths he took could all be explained from his point of view. It was also interesting to see how the characters interacted with each other for example towards the end Pip and Joe, since Pip was now a gentleman while Joe was still a blacksmith. The only limitation of the book was that since it was a graphic novel it didn't leave much to the imagination and so I think it would be interesting to read the original book too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Casper

    Good images and really clear emotions shown through them as well. I did not enjoy the book much, not because I don't like the writing, but I think that the original book is a lot better. I also think that the book, as an introductory for many students to Charles Dickens, is not the best of ideas. I think this because it does not show off his writing style in the same way the original does. For example it does not display his long, run-on sentences. Overall I still managed to find myself enjoying Good images and really clear emotions shown through them as well. I did not enjoy the book much, not because I don't like the writing, but I think that the original book is a lot better. I also think that the book, as an introductory for many students to Charles Dickens, is not the best of ideas. I think this because it does not show off his writing style in the same way the original does. For example it does not display his long, run-on sentences. Overall I still managed to find myself enjoying the books at certain points, because of the incredible illustrations.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Meike

    This was my first time having read a graphic novel, so it was nice to make the process of reading a classic story a little shorter. I wasn't really into the story, but it was nice to have something visual to help me understand the story. I feel that reading the actual novel might help with my overall understanding of the story, the characters, and the message of the story. The illustrations were very well done, but sometimes the pages came across to be quite cluttered and it was hard to know whe This was my first time having read a graphic novel, so it was nice to make the process of reading a classic story a little shorter. I wasn't really into the story, but it was nice to have something visual to help me understand the story. I feel that reading the actual novel might help with my overall understanding of the story, the characters, and the message of the story. The illustrations were very well done, but sometimes the pages came across to be quite cluttered and it was hard to know where to begin.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Max

    Great Expectations: The Graphic Novel is an excellent way of understanding the story for people with English as their second language. The Graphics are very detailed and interesting to watch while helping the reader understand through old English language. My rating is a four out of five because even though the story is set during older times, it is still reflecting people nowadays and it should be a lesson to take into account.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Seed

    Dickens' uses skilfully illustrated scenes to portray scenes and events from an original text but in a fascinating form.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aine

    Graphic novel of the classic, Great Expectations. Although I was vaguely familiar with the characters (through osmosis?), I had never read Great Expectations. And this graphic novel seemed like an easy way to read it quickly. It was a fast read, but to be honest the content is probably too complicated for a 160-page set of images. There was often a lot of contextual text; it didn't really flow like most graphic novels I've read. But still a worthwhile read and every 40-year old should have a goo Graphic novel of the classic, Great Expectations. Although I was vaguely familiar with the characters (through osmosis?), I had never read Great Expectations. And this graphic novel seemed like an easy way to read it quickly. It was a fast read, but to be honest the content is probably too complicated for a 160-page set of images. There was often a lot of contextual text; it didn't really flow like most graphic novels I've read. But still a worthwhile read and every 40-year old should have a good understanding of who Mrs Havisham is. Not sure how I got to this stage of my life without such basic knowledge!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elle Kay

    This graphic adaption of the novel seemed to tell the tale tolerably well but I did find that I wasn't engaged in the characters and for most of the book I utterly disliked the main protagonist Pip. I think I was missing a more in-depth look at the characters and their motives, something I suspect I would find in the original text, and this version seemed to present the most simplest interpretation of all the people involved. But, for an introduction to Great Expectations this served the purpose This graphic adaption of the novel seemed to tell the tale tolerably well but I did find that I wasn't engaged in the characters and for most of the book I utterly disliked the main protagonist Pip. I think I was missing a more in-depth look at the characters and their motives, something I suspect I would find in the original text, and this version seemed to present the most simplest interpretation of all the people involved. But, for an introduction to Great Expectations this served the purpose and it is very well drawn.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Johnson

    Not my favorite story, but I wanted to give graphic novels a try this year, and thought something based off a classic novel would be a good place to start. The original novel is over 400 pages, so this was like the Cliff's Notes version of the story... but with pictures. It still isn't my favorite storyline, but it made a lot more sense distilled down to 140 pages! It retained the characters, original dialogue, and major events of Dickens' novel, but cut out a lot of his rambling narratives. Plu Not my favorite story, but I wanted to give graphic novels a try this year, and thought something based off a classic novel would be a good place to start. The original novel is over 400 pages, so this was like the Cliff's Notes version of the story... but with pictures. It still isn't my favorite storyline, but it made a lot more sense distilled down to 140 pages! It retained the characters, original dialogue, and major events of Dickens' novel, but cut out a lot of his rambling narratives. Plus, who doesn't like pictures?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    "Great Expectations: The Graphic Novel" is a condensed, 140 page, classic and graphic book by Jen Green and is an adaption of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations. The copy I read contained original text, not a modern translation and used the revised ending instead of the original. The story follows Pip from childhood to a later age and shows the reader the his transition from young, peasant-like child, to a proper older gentleman. Along the way, he encounters Estella, a beautiful girl whom "Great Expectations: The Graphic Novel" is a condensed, 140 page, classic and graphic book by Jen Green and is an adaption of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations. The copy I read contained original text, not a modern translation and used the revised ending instead of the original. The story follows Pip from childhood to a later age and shows the reader the his transition from young, peasant-like child, to a proper older gentleman. Along the way, he encounters Estella, a beautiful girl whom he falls in love with, Ms. Havisham, a Estella's crazy (and crazy wealthy) adoptee mother, and Magwitch, a kind-hearted criminal. The book begins with the Pip as a young child. Along the outskirts of the small town he lives in he meets a criminal whom he agrees to help. Some time passes, and he quickly forgets about this. Soon after, Ms. Havisham takes an interest in him, and invites him over to spend time with her and Estella. While there, Estella makes taunts and teases Pip, playing with his emotions, and making him cry. She looks down on him for being poor, and he believes that she is correct, and is desperate to be like the learned gentlemen in cosmopolitan cities. These invitations do not last long however, and Pip once again returns to the life of a blacksmith-in-training. Then, one day, when he's a young man, he is approached by a lawyer that tells him that someone is willing to fund his transformation to becoming a gentleman, and together they head to London. But one of the conditions is that Pip can't ask who the money has come from. Pip automatically assumes that it was Ms. Havisham, and begins to believe that she is grooming him to be worthy of Estella. Later, it's made apparent that it is not in fact Ms. Havisham that's grooming him, but the Magwitch, the convict he helped escape. Pip is crestfallen, and refuses to accept any more of Magwitch's money. Some time after, when he has become a middle-aged man, while he's back in the small town he grew up in, he hears that Estella was unhappily married and then widowed. He knows that he still loves her. At the end of the book, while he's at the graveyard, visiting the spot he first met Magwitch, Estella shows up. She tells him that now she too is capable of love, and together they walk out of the cemetery, and the text implies that they stay together forever. I enjoyed the story because it was well told and because it contained a truth that is all too easily forgotten: if you expect too much, you will be disappointed (just like Pip was when he found out that he wasn't being groomed for Estella). The plot twist kept it interesting, I too believed at first that Ms. Havisham was grooming him, and when I found out the truth the story just got juicier. What I didn't like about the story was that Ms. Havisham's story (after Estella's marriage, Pip moving, etc.) was left untold. She was an eccentric character, and I would have liked to see more of her. It was a little difficult to tell what was happening in the illustrations at times because the scenes were always so dark. Also, the characters all looked mad/irritated all the time. It was a little misleading. But all in all, it was nice having some pictures to back up what I was reading. It helped me imagine the conditions at that time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily Yarrow

    I thought Great Expectations was an ok book. It wasn't the genre I usually read, although I thought it was interesting. I thought it had a good plot and it kept me interested for most of the book. I grew to like a lot of the characters like Estella and Joe. I liked how the author made Pip's sister not as nice as Joe, and how Joe was there for Pip even when they didn't live with each other anymore. I liked how Pip stayed friends with Biddy, even when he went off to London. I think the author coul I thought Great Expectations was an ok book. It wasn't the genre I usually read, although I thought it was interesting. I thought it had a good plot and it kept me interested for most of the book. I grew to like a lot of the characters like Estella and Joe. I liked how the author made Pip's sister not as nice as Joe, and how Joe was there for Pip even when they didn't live with each other anymore. I liked how Pip stayed friends with Biddy, even when he went off to London. I think the author could have expressed Pip's thoughts and feelings a bit more, so we can understand how he feels and what he thinks. The author, Jen Green, could of said how Pip doesn't like to be away from home, so he was out of his comfort zone when he went to London, this would of made you have a bit more empathy for Pip. I liked how the graphic novel had different types of characters. It had characters like Trabb's Boy, who helped Herbert find Pip when Pip was in danger, but Trabb's Boy wasn't a main character, he was just an extra character. But then there was Estella, who was part of most of the story, and impacted Pip. Overall I found this book decent, considering it was written in 1861.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Vollrath

    The Graphic Novel: "Great Expectations" is a book/comic I had to read over the summer holidays for school. The story wasn't bad for a school book, however I wouldn't read it as a fun read in my free time. The book was originally written by Charles Dickens, however this graphic novel version was made by Clive Bryant. I believe that Clive Bryant has included the key features and subjects of this book in his graphic novel version of the original book, however I cannot deny or confirm either. Great The Graphic Novel: "Great Expectations" is a book/comic I had to read over the summer holidays for school. The story wasn't bad for a school book, however I wouldn't read it as a fun read in my free time. The book was originally written by Charles Dickens, however this graphic novel version was made by Clive Bryant. I believe that Clive Bryant has included the key features and subjects of this book in his graphic novel version of the original book, however I cannot deny or confirm either. Great Expectations follows a boy called Pip through his struggles of becoming a gentleman, although he was a common labouring boy. It is easy to sympathise with Pip, because of the decisions he has to make and continuously being knocked to the ground by obstacles on his way to becoming a gentleman. The story itself surprises sometimes, however the plot never excites the reader and most of the time you don't care what is going to happen next, which is one of the most important things a book must have to be successful.This is why I rate this graphic novel: 3/5 stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Silke Lemmens

    I personally like the idea of ambition that Charles Dickens has used. Some plot reversals and changes have also impacted the way I felt for Pip. For example when Magwitch showed up at Pip’s doorsteps, and explained that he is the reason behind his great expectations and success. Pip does feel like he has abandoned Joe and Biddy for no reason, just for money coming from a convict which will not get him anywhere. This does change the whole storyline, but does not interfere with his happiness. At t I personally like the idea of ambition that Charles Dickens has used. Some plot reversals and changes have also impacted the way I felt for Pip. For example when Magwitch showed up at Pip’s doorsteps, and explained that he is the reason behind his great expectations and success. Pip does feel like he has abandoned Joe and Biddy for no reason, just for money coming from a convict which will not get him anywhere. This does change the whole storyline, but does not interfere with his happiness. At the end of the novel Pip is back with his family living the same life as he did before he moved to London. To me it seems that you don't need to have success and be rich in order to be happy, this can be seen with Joe and Ms. Havisham. The graphic novel definitely brings the story more to life. Through the graphic novel, we can see the characters in real and the evolution of the characters is also shown very nicely.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Simona

    I thought the book was interesting, even though it took me quite a while to get the hang of the plot. The character development was intriguing and complex in some parts of the book, which made the novel interesting to read. The graphic layout also took some getting used to because it takes the imaginative part of the book from reading. For me it was hard to get into the flow of reading because there wasn't an ongoing text and you always had to think of which speech bubble to read next. In the en I thought the book was interesting, even though it took me quite a while to get the hang of the plot. The character development was intriguing and complex in some parts of the book, which made the novel interesting to read. The graphic layout also took some getting used to because it takes the imaginative part of the book from reading. For me it was hard to get into the flow of reading because there wasn't an ongoing text and you always had to think of which speech bubble to read next. In the end it was a good experience to read a more complex book in a fun and creative lay out. I thought, even though the book was not written in modern English, the language was still at an understandable level for me. My star rating was only at two stars because for my taste there was not enough tension and ups and downs in the plot in order to really get me fascinated with the plot, the characters and the book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nils Homeister

    Great Expectations is a book that shows the importance of gratitude and caring over social status and wealth. It is not the genre of book that I would normally read but it was fine to read. I thought that the plot was good, but there could have been a little more engaging parts to the plot. I started to emphasise with Joe and Biddy because they have been great friends of the main character pip, but as he ditched them to become a gentleman, I felt sorry for them. On the other hand, they should ha Great Expectations is a book that shows the importance of gratitude and caring over social status and wealth. It is not the genre of book that I would normally read but it was fine to read. I thought that the plot was good, but there could have been a little more engaging parts to the plot. I started to emphasise with Joe and Biddy because they have been great friends of the main character pip, but as he ditched them to become a gentleman, I felt sorry for them. On the other hand, they should have seen this coming as they knew that he wanted to become a gentleman. I also think that the main character Pip is a very well built character who shows endurance and is engaged in his goals. He also shows that you have to work hard in life as he only lived off the money that he got for free and did not invest it. That is why after a while, he returned to being in the middle class and not a gentleman no more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    First of all I want to say that I had to read this book for school and that I really don't like comics. However I did like the story line though it was really confusing in the comic version. To actually understand what the book is about I read different summaries after I finished it to make sure I really got it. With all the pictures and the different characters and names - and there are a lot - it really got confusing for me who is who and what they actually want to achieve. The comic is well d First of all I want to say that I had to read this book for school and that I really don't like comics. However I did like the story line though it was really confusing in the comic version. To actually understand what the book is about I read different summaries after I finished it to make sure I really got it. With all the pictures and the different characters and names - and there are a lot - it really got confusing for me who is who and what they actually want to achieve. The comic is well drawn and the pictures also help symbolise how Pip is feeling as they are dark in the beginning but get more colourful when he moves to London. However that was the only thing the pictures helped me understand. I was able to connect with the themes of the book. They are really wide ranged and I think are easy to connect with when you finally get what the book is about. All in all I think I would like the actual book way better than the comic version since it was really confusing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kater Cheek

    Since I was forced to read this (the real version) in high school and hardly remember a word of it, I thought it might be nice to try again, this time with pictures. I have to say, adding pictures to classic novels makes a whole lot of sense. This time around, I could actually follow the plot, though a lot of the characters' motivations were baffling to me. Why, for example, was Pip so aghast when he found out who gave him the money to become a gentleman? Why was he so keen on marrying an ice-co Since I was forced to read this (the real version) in high school and hardly remember a word of it, I thought it might be nice to try again, this time with pictures. I have to say, adding pictures to classic novels makes a whole lot of sense. This time around, I could actually follow the plot, though a lot of the characters' motivations were baffling to me. Why, for example, was Pip so aghast when he found out who gave him the money to become a gentleman? Why was he so keen on marrying an ice-cold bitch, when there were surely plenty of other women in London? This is of a series of books written to help students comprehend the classics, and I think it's a fabulous idea. There's a lot to discuss in these novels, especially about the huge societal difference vis-a-vis class distinctions, but even bright, well-read teenagers can have a hard time plowing through Dickens' fruitcake-dense prose. Having an abridged version, with pictures makes it comprehensible.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristian Knudsen

    So as a school project this year we were strongly encouraged to read the Graphic Novel of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (edited by Clive Bryant). I quite enjoyed this book, but I was sort of let down by the complexity of the story line. As soon as we were introduced to Estella, I felt as though it was predictable what the final scene and ending scenario was going to involve. Although I have not read the original by Charles Dickens, my guess is that the story line was more entertaining an So as a school project this year we were strongly encouraged to read the Graphic Novel of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (edited by Clive Bryant). I quite enjoyed this book, but I was sort of let down by the complexity of the story line. As soon as we were introduced to Estella, I felt as though it was predictable what the final scene and ending scenario was going to involve. Although I have not read the original by Charles Dickens, my guess is that the story line was more entertaining and complex in that edition. But when it comes to actual entertainment of a teenage student like myself, I was positively surprised at the pictures in the book. Though the text was lacking, the artwork made up for it to a certain extent. Therefore I have decided to rate this book four starts because its storyline held too little complexity, but the artwork in it was a fantastic experience.

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