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Great Expectations - (Ignatius Critical Editions) by Charles Dickens (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 680

Genre: Religion + Beliefs

Sub-Genre: Christianity

Series Title: Ignatius Critical Editions

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Ignatius Press

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: Literature & the Arts

Author: Charles Dickens

Language: English

TCIN: 77908052
UPC: 9781586174262
Item Number (DPCI): 247-65-0168

Description

Pope John Paul II described Dickens' books as "filled with love for the poor and a sense of social regeneration . . . warm with imagination and humanity." Such true charity permeates Dickens' novels and ultimately drives the characters either to choose regeneration or risk disintegration. In Great Expectations, Pip-symbolic of the pilgrim convert-gains both improved fortunes and a growth in wisdom, but as he acquires the latter, he must relinquish the former-ending with a wealth of profound goodness, not of worldly goods.

That the Dickensian message was a Christian one is unmistakable. Reminiscent of an Augustinian model, one of reflection, conversion, and moral improvement, Pip undergoes an internal change that manifests itself in his profound contrition for his earlier deeds and his equally profound resolution to make amends. As we travel with Pip, we find that Dickens leads us to an acceptance of worldly limitations and an anticipation of final salvation.

The exciting new edition of Dickens's classic novel includes critical essays by some of today's leading Dickens scholars.

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