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Havisham (2013)

by Ronald Frame(Favorite Author)
3.09 of 5 Votes: 5
1250037271 (ISBN13: 9781250037275)
review 1: Two and half stars, I guess. The writing itself is fairly good, but the book could have been about 100 pages shorter. Also, Miss Havisham's devolution into a madwoman is interesting, but the attraction between Miss Havisham and Charles Compeyson is not really demonstrated. She becomes somewhat obsessed with him, but why? He is described as handsome, but other than that, he's obviously a ne'er-do-well with a vague air of mystery, so I fail to see what Miss Havisham finds so enchanting about him. At least at some point she sort of admits to having fallen for a man of pretty much no substance, but it's still really frustrating to watch her get all caught up in a man with no personality or charisma and then doom herself to mad spinsterhood on his account.
review 2:
... more "Havisham" is not a sequel to Dickens' "Great Expectations", but an in-depth and intimate map of how these great expectations came to be. The characters are the same, but more-so, with Miss Havisham leading the familiar. Layer after layer of personal experiences, shocking behaviors and come-and-get-your-just-desserts are waiting for the reader who loves Dickens and wants to know more about the period, the history, the rewards and the karma of Miss Havisham, last of the blood line of the family, the business, and the great expectations associated with her. less
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There was such a jump from madness to raising a girl from nowhere. Also a bit too much "theatre".
I had a hard time believing she was that naive. Even when young.
Interesting concept, medium execution.
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