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October Meetup [Family & Self]- Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

This month we'll be reading a book from the 'Family and Self' list. Voting is now closed and the clear winner is...

Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

Dickens's finest exploration of the cost paid for rising in the world. Pip, who tells his own story, is an orphan, brought up by his callous elder sister and her amiable blacksmith husband, Jo. Visiting his parents' graves, Pip is accosted by an escaped convict, whom he aids, before the man is recaptured and transported. Pip is later taken up by Miss Havisham, a woman maddened by having been jilted on her wedding day. She has trained her young ward, Estella, to break men's hearts. Pip comes into mysterious wealth. It is from Miss Havisham, he assumes. In fact, it is from the convict, Magwitch. Pip becomes ever more snobbish, until his great expectations crash. Dickens was uncertain whether to end the novel happily or unhappily. Happily won out.

As Laura pointed out on the discussion board, it's the 200 year anniversary of Dickens's birth this year, so it's nice this one was chosen. 

Happy reading :)


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  • Anne

    Great book & great discussion :)

    October 10, 2012

  • iain

    First meeting I attended with this group, really good discussions about the book with a lovely, sociable,knowledgeable group of people.

    October 9, 2012

  • Rebecca G.

    I would like to join the waiting list - how do I do this? Thanks!

    September 9, 2012

    • Laura S.

      Hi Rebecca, you should be able to hit 'join the waiting list' on the right hand side of this event (where it normally says 'join'). People on the waiting list automatically get 'bumped' when someone changes their RSVP, on a first come, first served basis. Normally, everyone on the waiting list gets pushed up in the days before the meeting, but this one is particularly popular! If you don't mind reading the book anyway, hang on and you *might* get pushed up as late as the afternoon of the event. Send me a message just before the meeting, and I'll see how far down the list you are- chances are there will be space for you to come. Thanks, Laura.

      September 17, 2012

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