Monday, January 31, 2011
Thoughts: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Part 2)
But I really like Miss Havisham. (I find her vindictiveness utterly delicious.) I once read a blog that asked, Who doesn't know Miss Havisham? Well, before I read Great Expectations, I hadn't heard of her at all.
Now, I'm glad to say I've become acquainted with her moldy wedding cake and yellowed wedding gown. I'm afraid the crazy old bat has found a place in my heart, which I think Pip was supposed to fill. This sounds lame but Pip is OK, just OK. I can tolerate his whining and his semi-social-climbing ways, because I can understand where he's coming from. Dickens laid it out for me in about 200 pages. How could I not? HA HA.
Speaking of HA HA, I can't believe Dickens made me laugh, especially his tongue-in-cheek way of poking fun at characters. A lot of people have said that he's quite funny, but he died 141 years ago... I didn't think I'd get his humor.
After finishing the first part of Great Expectations, I can't really see why so much of it was necessary. If you cut about 100 pages from the 200 I've already read, the book will still be pretty understandable. I'm trying to keep in mind, though, that Great Expectations was serialized, and that Dickens was trying to earn a living. If I was paid for every word I wrote, I'd try to be as wordy as possible too.
On to Chapter Twenty-Seven...