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اثر چارلز دیکنز از انتشارات دبیر - مترجم: مهدی علوی-بهترین رمان ها

در دیکنز، بهترین رمان، فروتن، اپیلاسیون یتیم، به کار کثیف کمان مشغول است، اما جرات می کند رویای تبدیل شدن به یک نجیب زاده شود - و یک روز، تحت شرایط ناگهانی و مبهم، او خود را در انتظار انتظارات عالی می یابد. در این داستان غم انگیز جنایت و گناه، انتقام و پاداش، شخصیت های قانع کننده عبارتند از مگویچ، محارب ترسناک و ترسناک؛ Estella، که زیبایی آن تنها با شکوه و شکوفایی او برجسته است؛ و خانم هاویشام، متولد تیره، یک عروس ناهموار بی نظیر است. نوشته شده در دهه گذشته زندگی او، انتظارات بزرگ نشان می دهد نگرشی تاریک دیکنز به جامعه ویکتوریا، ساختار طبقات ذاتی و ماتریالیسم آن است. با این حال این رمان همچنان یکی از محبوب ترین های دیکنز است.


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To me Great Expectations was like an iceberg in that I knew, through some osmosis effect of years of cultural references, the plot of the first 20% of this book. Its been referenced and rehashed so many times that Miss Havisham can be visualised by most people and they all know her as a crazy old lady in a wedding dress who owns a big house. Everyone knows that Pip meets a convict out on the marshes also. But what of the latter part of the story? Is it just my exposure but the remaining 80% of the book was full of new plot details and surprise moments. There is a spoiler in here that deserves to be up with @Luke I am Your [email protected] But either I am ignorant of that being common knowledge of popular culture has not read beyond page 80 of this book.

I started reading this by audiobook which lasted about 50% of the way through. I thought I was cunning in choosing a version on audible that had an English rather than american narrator (sorry I am biased). But I soon came to realise that this bias may not be serving me that well. The reader was so very Shakespearean and theatrical that he over-acted even the most mundane of passages. It soon got on my nerves. It wasnt a natural reading at all. So I switched over to good old-fashioned paper.

I found that with reading it I was reticent to pick up the book due to its density. But once I had picked it up I was happy to read for hours. So it took me a couple of months to get through it, but I did enjoy it mostly. And I feel like it is an achievement. I now know the whole story of Pip, rather than the tip of the iceberg.

The things that annoyed me about the novel are the @Luke I am Your [email protected] connections. No spoilers but everything ends up being so tightly wound together that it is too good to be true. So many coincidences must have happened for the events to unfold like stated. But I guess that in the days it was written there was not a lot of other novels to compare it to. I guess things were simpler and our tastes have become more refined and our cynicism has crept in.

In my own unrefined and simplistic understanding I think Dickens was trying to get his audience to think about the influence of money on prestige and behaviour and the judgement of people due to this money. And also about being proud. It seems the source of money is more important than the money itself and the judgement upon the source is fickle and skewed. I also took away the be true to yourself lesson, even if Dickens didnt mean in totally. Also the universal: Dont be an asshole.

But I did enjoy finding out what happens to the little boy who plays out in the marshes and gave an escaped convict a pie.

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The rather dreamlike aspect that the castle of Miss Havisham and its created inhabitants disturbed me without taking me by surprise.
There is also something of the moralizing fable in this novel. Pip is an orphan taken by her sister, who raises it @by [email protected] whatever that phrase may mean. For the child she seems to say with a heavy hand. He is summoned to the neighboring castle to distract the lady from the place, an original who suspended his life on the day of his wedding that did not take place. So when a lawyer tells him that he is going to be brought up in London as a @[email protected] at the expense of a benefactor who does not want to make himself known, he does not doubt that it is the Chatelaine and that his adopted daughter is destined for him.
A little turned upside down by this turn of his life, Pip behaves relatively unreflective and forgets his first entourage. It is this part that least captivated me, perhaps because I did not understand the behavior of the hero. Unfortunately the money does not come from the castle and he finds himself humiliated when he learns the origin of his great hopes.

Morality: it is better to remain with those who have seen you born.

I voluntarily left out many adventures. As we are in a novel, these various elements come together at the end to form a coherent whole.

There are of course many characters. I wondered about some. So the character of Pips handsome brother seemed strange to me. On the one hand he treats the child somewhat like an adult and on the other hand he is overly humble, which ultimately serves everyone. On the other hand, the portraits of the sister and the one who attributes the merit of the ascension of the hero are a success.

So not a disappointment but not a fierce enthusiasm either.

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@All right, Mr. DeMille, Im ready for my [email protected]

In Brief:

Probably Dickens most critically-acclaimed novel, Great Expectations is the bildungsroman of the orphan Philip Pirrip, known as Pip, who is also the novels narrator. As a boy, he unwittingly aids the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in trying to make his getaway. Shortly thereafter, the elderly and uber-eccentric spinster Miss Havisham summons him to be the playmate of her adopted daughter, the exquisite but aloof Estella.

Pip comes into a fortune from an anonymous benefactor which permits him to obtain a genteel education and entry into a world of commerce. Pip assumes that Miss Havisham is the source of his great expectations.

Pip was unaware, though, that Miss Havisham harbors some deep-seated resentments toward all males arising from being jilted on her wedding day by her fiance Compeyson, who turned out a fraud. She keeps her ruined mansion as it was on that fateful day, wearing her wedding dress all the time and looking @like the witch of the [email protected] She raises Estella to break all mens hearts, including Pips.

The novel is definitely Dickens most Gothic work, with its dark mood, haunted by a graveyard, a fire, prison ships, poverty, and of course the most macabre of all Dickens thousand plus characters by far, Miss Havisham, who must have inspired, at least in part, the haunting Norma Desmond from the Hollywood film @Sunset [email protected]

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My favourite Dickens partly because of the degree of disillusionment partly because it seems to me to be particularly aware of stories and the great expectations of readers here Dickens is particularly sadistic will Miss Havershams peculiar overreaction ever be explained, will we get to see Estella, a primed mine in the middle of a busy shipping lane(view spoiler)[ if you can forgive the crude metaphor (hide spoiler)] explode? Is normal life in the North Kent Marshes ever possible except by escaping them (view spoiler)[ no (hide spoiler)]

As an aside Ive always liked the fact that Dickens toned down the reality of how many children were actually buried in the churchyard to make his fiction more believable. Realism isnt reality, things so bizarre happen in life that a decent author would blush to put them in a story.

It strikes me now that Pip and Magwitch (view spoiler)[ what a name, no wonder the poor man had to turn to crime, who would employ somebody called Magwitch? Youd just be asking for trouble (hide spoiler)] are narrative twins with parallel voyages through the novel, one on the surface and one submerged. And in contradistinction to David Copperfield Dickens gives us the dark-side of colonialism not Edward Said style (view spoiler)[ so you think you like Jane Austen eh? Well look at Mansfield Park and the Uncles urgent mission to the west-Indies - its all about slavery! Whipping enslaved people and dipping them in boiling sugar thats what dug out the Ha-has and paid for the dresses made from east Indian fabrics, slavery, slavery (hide spoiler)] Dickens vision is perhaps more poetical, ill gotten gains (view spoiler)[ and how did Magwitch manage to build up the money so quickly as a convict and then ex-convict to subsidise Pip? (hide spoiler)] arent the problem, more its the horror of other people knowing your secret, that your gentry status is funded by convicts (view spoiler)[ which cant have been so rare an occurrence in Victorian England, where theres muck theres brass, after-all. Which rather makes me think of Lady Dedlock -she can face her own daughter but cant live with the possibility of somebody else knowing she had a daughter out of wedlock, even without the prospect of cruder characters making fun about her no-lock. Shame and fear of public shame were powerful drivers for Dickens and he takes his own feeling to power his characters.

On the other-hand the lawyer Jaggers is completely shameless and successful, nor do we get a hint that he feels threatened by his manipulations coming to light, in Dickens as a lawyer you might get murdered or exploited, but not it seems struck off. (hide spoiler)]


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