Great Expectations: Book of the Week!


Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


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This week’s Thinking in English book of the week is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. The book is also available as a graded reader (a book designed to help English learners practice and develop reading skills.

Charles Dickens was undoubtedly one of the greatest English language novelists to ever live. He wrote so many amazing books including a Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, and a Tale of Two Cities.

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

The book I want to recommend to you, however, is actually one I listened to as an audiobook last year! That book is Great Expectations.

Great Expectations depicts the life, development, and education of a young man – Pip. As the story progresses, Pip’s life is changed by a series of event: a meeting with an escaped convict; a relationship with the old and bitter Miss Havisham; a love for Estell; and the generosity of a mysterious person.

It is brilliantly and beautifully written. The way Dickens uses the English language to evoke emotions and draw pictures of the events in our minds is miraculous. I think you will all enjoy reading such a classic book!

This book is available as a level 6 graded reader. Level 6 graded readers have sentences with up to four clauses, introducing future continuous, reported questions, third conditional, was going to and ellipsis. 

If this is too easy for you, why not try the original native English version?

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