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September 18 , 2009

Great Expectations


Pip, a poor village boy, finds two chance meetings set his life on an unexpected course. At the water’s edge, he has a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict. In the decaying grandeur of Miss Haversham’s house, he falls hopelessly in love with the heartless Estella. When an anonymous benefactor helps him move to Calcutta, the heart of the British Raj, Pip pursues his great expectations and his dream of winning Estella’s heart. Relocating Pip’s extraordinary journey to nineteenth-century India, this coming-of-age story, evoking some of Dickens’ most colourful characters, is faithful to the period of the book and the richness of Dickens’ language – a vivid theatrical retelling of a universally loved masterpiece.

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The patchwork construction of this book is like a time worn quilt; a faded tapestry, reminding you of ages past. Memories run together, so emphatic they obscure a diamond’s refl ection, clouding what is really true. Having worn edges and faded colored threads, the truth of these tales seems to disappear from the fabric of reality. The histories…

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