On and off during the summer I have been reading Dickens famous novel Great Expectations. I’ve read some other books at the same time, that is why it has taken such a long time, because otherwise this book is a much thinner sized one than most other Dickens.
So, I just recently finished it, and even though it is not one of my favourites of his books I did like it. I like all his books that I’ve read so far! Once again Dickens shows his masterly talent in telling a story, in this case the story of Pip, an orphan boy (I must say I think there is a great number of orphans in literature!) who lives with his sister and her husband, a blacksmith. He is quite contented with this life, until one day a rich lady in the town sends for him to come and entertain her. Upon meeting her and her beautiful, but cold and proud, adopted daughter Estella, Pip is suddenly unhappy about the life he lives.
One day a man arrives and announces to Pip that he has a secret benefactor, and that he has Great Expectations! After that his life changes quite dramatically, and we get to follow what happens to him, and his great expectations.
It’s a good book. It has some absurd Dickenesian characters in it of course, they are a trade mark of his. And like I said, not my favourite of his books, but definitely good!
Since I finished the book I have been impatient to see the BBC adaptation of it that we already had. But first my sister was away for a couple of weeks (she wanted to see it too) and then when she came back I went away for a few days. Finally however we were able to see it!
This version that we had was a Materpiece Theatre adaptation from 1999. And I have never heard anything about it from anyone before. So I didn’t know whether to expect it to be good or bad, a well made adaptation or a really crappy one. But I must say I was very pleased with it! It was a good adaptation, stayed very true to the book, and I thought the characters were very well portrayed by the actors. I especially thought Ioan Gruffudd was perfect in the role of Pip! He was just as I had imagined him! Which is not always the case. 🙂
It was a relatively short one (for being a BBC series) as it was only three hours long.
Something which we remarked on when we watched this last night is how the weather must have changed very drastically in England at that time in history. I mean, if you look at films set just some 40-50 years earlier, in the Regncy era, they mostly seem to have nice sunny and light weather. But in this one, as with most Dickens films, there is an awful lot of rain, and it’s often very dark… Consequently there must have been a change in the weather, there is no other explanation for it! 😉 😛
I’m gonna rush now, talk to you later dears!