There is a stigma with Mr. Dickens and this particular novel of his. In a little corner of my heart, I want to agree with those who have read this and say it was a terrible book with no meaning or purpose. However, I cannot find myself agreeing. Yes, it was almost exhausting to read this novel. Though, I have to say Mr. Dickens was a very funny man if his words are any indication of his true personality.
If you are not already familiar with this classic, the book is about a young orphan named Pip, who lives with his sister and her husband, in very poor conditions in a village twenty five miles from London. Most younger audiences say it was a waste of time, I say different. Pip’s journey is one that is realistic, well as realistic a fictitious story can be.
The author tries to convey the uncertainty of life and how small the world could really be, even with its vast oceans and never ending adventures, if one never goes out and explores. It shows how mundane reality can be. Some may attribute my opinions to the profound behavior that is associated with being a literary fanatic, to those, I say that you simply are not reading in between the lines, my friend.
The thing is, I have noticed authors do some things for a reason, though they may not choose the color red to describe the particular thing in the particular line on that particular page for any sane reason, they sometimes try to include motifs that are harder to decipher in some parts mostly because they believe that it will either make them sound stupid or vulnerable, both of which are important for one to be a good novelist.
I sincerely hope you give this book a chance, even though you might think you are way beyond understanding books in the era of Mid-century England .
- Love, M