rating: 4 of 5 stars
I know I read this book in high school for an English class, but I remembered very little about it. I especially hadn't remembered how witty and funny Dickens is in many parts of the story. I kept hoping that Pip would redeem himself, since he seemed like such a pansy most of the novel, and I wasn't disappointed.
As far as lessons learned from this book, I think it was particularly poignant to read while we are lacking income. It is easy to feel like money is the solution to everything, especially when you haven't got any. It's good to be reminded that money honestly does not buy happiness, and often leads us further away from that goal. There is a line in the book where Pip is talking about his friends and how they are all fairly miserable, but keep themselves occupied and try to convince themselves and everyone else what a splendid life they have. That's a sad place to be, and it made me think mostly of Hollywood and all of the twentysomething celebrities.
And I absolutely love Herbert & Wemmick!
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