Evan’s ESS = 9 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = out of 10
Content = PG (Adult Concepts, Mild Violence, Creepy Old Rich Lady)
Why: Charles Dickens is a classic writing machine. It just so happens that Great Expectations wins the distinction as our favorite (David Copperfield and Bleak House are a very close second and third). Dickens is a force of literature; and with phrases like, “What the deuce!” he deserves your attention. Yes, his prose is reminiscent of a bygone era, but don’t be intimidated – you can navigate it.
Expectations for this novel are promising (great even!) until you actually crack the spine and first learn about Philip Pirrip, better known as Pip. Fortunately, from his humble beginnings as an orphan, things can only look up! In the wise words of Nacho Libre, a legendary advocate for orphans, “Beneath the clothes, we find a man... and beneath the man, we find his... nucleus.” Such is the case throughout as we watch Pip mature and learn about himself and his role in society.