This is my second selection for Trish’s Classics Challenge. I can’t say that it has won me over to loving classics yet but I did enjoy it for the most part although it is much too long. If they cut it down by 300 pages they could still get the whole story in and it would likely be better-at least for me.
Pip is really an endearing character and it’s quite the journey he takes us through on his expectations. Pip, an orphan, is taken in by his sister and he lives with her and her husband Joe. Joe is the town blacksmith. On the way Pip meets Miss Havisham who is rich and he feels she will help him out of his drudgery. Pip is not happy with life as he has it. However, it doesn’t seem as though this is what will happen and instead Pip ends up being apprenticed to Joe. This isn’t the kind of life Pip wants for himself at all. Also, Pip has fallen for the beautiful Estella who lives with Miss Havisham and really doesn’t give Pip the time of day.
Then Pip is told that he is to be a gentleman. Someone is supplying the funds for him to go to London and train in all the things necessary to achieve this. He is positive that this person must be Miss Havisham. So, of to London he goes-he is more than happy to leave home and everyone there. He meets Herbert and the two become great friends. Things move on in London. Finally, Pip learns who is benefactor was and it wasn’t who he expected. At first he is very angry but accepts it later on. However, Pip no longer has the money to stay a gentleman and is instead in debt. Police come to arrest him but he becomes very ill. When he awakes Joe is there taking care of him. Pip wants to tell him how he was wrong to treat Joe as he did but he just can’t get it out. Joe goes back home after paying Pip’s debt. After this illness, Pip realizes that while he thought he loved Estella, he had really cared for Biddy. This realization comes to late as Biddy ends up marrying Joe. So, in the end Pip is working with his friend Herbert and making a good living. He meets Estella in the park and they decide to remain friends.
As I said this novel was much too long and there were parts that were dreadfully boring but the premise of the story is a good one. I know for some people there are some amazing insights in this book but not so much for me. Am I glad I read it-yes I am but would I be running to read more Dickens; probably not too quickly in the future although I do love A Christmas Carol. That being said I’m on to my next classic which will be Lady Chatterly’s Lover.
- Other blogger reviews: Blue Archipelago