Great Expectations by Charles Dickens-A book review

Name: Great Expectation

Author: Charles Dickens

Genre: Fiction

This is the story of a little orphan boy called Pip. He lives with his sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery and her husband, Mr. Joe Gargery, the blacksmith. While in the churchyard looking at his parents’ tombstones, he meets a convict, Abel Magwich who threatens him and asks him to bring him a file and some food which Pip agrees to do right away the next morning.

The next morning, he goes to meet the convict and gives him what he asked for. He runs home hoping that his sister will not notice his absence and what he stole from the larder.

One day, Mr. Pumblechook, one of Mrs, Gargery’s friends announces that Miss Havisham, a rich old lady, has asked Pip to come and play. Pip was surprised wondering why Miss Havisham was asking for him.

Pip finds himself in a room with a lady in an old yellowish bride dress with only one shoe on and the clock stopped at twenty minutes before nine. He plays cards with Estella, a beautiful girl who was very proud and mean. On leaving, Estella makes him cry and he decided that this place was indeed very horrible.

He lies to his sister by telling her that Miss Havisham was a nice old lady, but with Joe, he tells the truth.

One fine day, Pip brings Joe with him to Miss Havisham and she offers them a large sum of money and tells them never to come back again since Pip was going to be an apprentice to Joe.

After a long time, Pip decides to pay a visit to Miss Havisham to thank her but on reaching, Miss Havisham soon sees that Pip was searching for Estella.

Soon after some time, Pip meets Mr. Jaggers, a lawyer who announces that Pip is to go to London since he has received money from a mysterious benefactor. Pip says goodbye to Joe and Biddy, a girl who was his friend and teacher without forgetting Miss Havisham.

Pip meets Herbert Pocket in Barnard’s Inn and they become fast friends. He goes to live with Mr Pocket(not Herbert Pocket) and his wife, Mrs Pocket a lady who seems to be only interested with her ancestors. He meets Mr. Drummle, a very sulky man and Mr, Startop, the very opposite of Drummle. Joe comes to meet him in Barnard’s Inn but soon goes away.

When his sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery dies, Pip goes back for the funeral staying with Joe and Biddy for a day. He promises to Biddy to come and see Joe sometimes.

Pip also meets Estella in Richmond where he becomes jealous when Drummle follows her everywhere. He also accompanies Estella when both of them visit Miss Havisham. Estella fights with Miss Havisham and Pip leaves them alone.

Pip returns to London where he and Herbert find themselves paying debts and Pip receives five hundred pounds from his mysterious benefactor on his birthday. He also resolves to help Herbert with the help of Mr Wemmick, who works for Mr. Jaggers. Pip and Wemmick soon become friends.

One stormy night, he meets the convict, Abel Magwich who tells Pip that he was his mysterious benefactor who has been sending in money through the lawyer, Mr. Jaggers. Pip is puzzled when he meets a man down the stairs of where he was living.

Herbert Pocket is told the secret and they plan to get Provis, (the name they have given to Abel Magwich) out of England.

A few days before leaving, Pip receives a letter telling him to go back to the marshes if he wanted to know about Provis. On reaching, he is attacked by Orlick, Joe’s apprentice who admits that he killed Mrs. Joe Gargery and that he will kill Pip, but he is saved by Herbert and Startop while Orlick goes to jail. Joe stays with him for a while, but son goes away when he is sure that Pip was fine enough to walk again.

He goes back to London and unfortunately, Provis is caught and sentenced to death but because of his wound in the, he falls gravely ill and Pip is arrested since he did not pay all his debts.

He finds out that Joe has paid his debts and vows to pay Joe and Biddy, who are now married back all their money. Joe and Biddy name their little child after Pip.

One taking a stroll near Satis House, Miss Havisham’s house, Pip meets Estella and they become friends again deciding to be friends even if they are far away from each other.

THE END

My Ratings:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved the way the characters were presented each of them different from the other. I had to use the dictionary quite a multiple times because of the outdated words but I think I managed quite fine enough for an 11 year old.

Hermione.

Little Women-A Book Review

Name: Little Women

Author: Louisa May Alcott

Genre: Humour

This novel is about the sisters, Meg, Jo, Amy, Beth and their loving mother who they nickname Marmee. The family faces difficult times trying to make their life comfortable without their father who works in the army.

Meg is a governess and Jo is a companion to their rich aunt. The girls make friends with their neighbour, Laurie who joins in their games and theatrical performances.

On Christmas day, despite giving their breakfast to a poor German family, the Hummels, they have a lovely day and an even lovelier one whe they recieve a surprise for supper.

Meg and Jo get invited for a party and luckily, Laurie is there to help when Meg sprains her ankle.

Since shy Beth likes playing the piano, Mr. Laurence, Laurie’s grandfather lets her play on his piano in his house and ends up giving Beth a gift of her own piano. Beth is able to overcome her shyness and thank Mr. Laurence and offer him a pair of slippers.

Sice Jo disagrees to bring Amy to the theatre with her, she swears revenge and burns Jo’s manuscript of stories.

Jo forgives Amy when she and Laurie save her from drowning.

Meg is soon invited to go and stay with the Moffats, a very rich family for a fortnight. Since she has no gown, her friend, Belle, dresses her up like a doll. Laurie, who is invited for the party the Moffats were going to hold, goes and greet Meg telling her that she doesn’t look nice in the dress.

One day, a telegram arrives to say that Mr. March is ill and Marmee sets off for Washington. Beth catches scarlet fever from the Hummels and Marmee soon needs to set off home again.

Soon Meg learns that John Brooke, Laurie’s tutor has a crush on her and when he sends a love note, Meg finds out that Laurie has faked it.

Christmas comes with a delightful surprise. Mr. March has been well enough to make the journey home. They have a merry day. Meg agrees to marry John Brooke even went Aunt March says that she will be disinherited.

The merry story ends with the March family planning to organise a wedding.

THE END

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you have read the book, watch the movie to.

Hermione

The DaVinci Code-A Book Review

Name: The Da Vinci Code

Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Mystery, Detective Fiction, Conspiracy Fiction, Thriller and Suspense Novel

In Paris, Robert Langton, a Harvard symbologist and Agent Sophie Neveu, a French cryptologist find the elderly curator of the Louvre, Jacques Sauniere, murdered in the museum covered with intriguing symbols and bizarre riddles, naked, spread like an eagle in Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, The Vitruvian Man. Robert and Sophie soon discover clues which leads them to the famous works of art of Leonardo da Vinci, the Mona Lisa. They find a key embossed with the symbol of the Priory Of Sion, a secret society in which Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, Da Vinci, Botticelli and Sophie Neveu’s grandfather, Jacques Sauniere belonged to.

Together, Robert and Sophie work together in a quest to find the Holy Grail, which is in fact Mary Magdalene’s tomb or something that is related to it. They do not know that the Opus Dei centre is searching for exactly what they are searching for. Using Jacques Sauniere’s difficul clues, they are aware that if they do not succeed or if the Holy Grail falls in the wrong hands, the ancient truth will be lost forever…

This book was as amazing as Harry Potter. I loved it! I really recommend to people to read this book at least once.

My ratings:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Hermione

The Secret Seven-Good Old Secret Seven-A Book review

Name: Good Old Secret Seven

Author: Enid Blyton

Genre: Adventure

This is an adventure about the very strange happenings at old castle called Torling Castle.

One day, Peter, the leader of the Secret Seven club, calls a meeting since Jack has received a present he wants to share. They soon find out that it is a telescope and disappointed at the fact that they will have to share it with Jack’s annoying sister, Suzie who badly wants to belong in the club.

One night, when Janet was looking at Torling Castle through the telescope, that she finds a man or a woman peeking through one of the windows cautiously, scaring away the resident jackdaws.

Soon, Peter calls another meeting and they all discuss and decide to pay a visit at Torling Castle. Thy find twigs that are still hot and tin cans. Soon, when they find a suitable room in the castle to have a break, they start hearing bangs and pops and they flee. When they reach their meeting shed, they feel stupid for leaving the castle in such a rush and suprisingly, they find out that Suzie and her silly little giggly friend, Binkie played a trick on them. The secret seven soon decide to ask her questions and they learn that a woman was painting a picture of the castle and that she was living there for some time. She was also very interested in knowing about Jack’s telescope. Suzie and Binkie were shooed away and the club felt quite stupid and mad at the two girls for gossiping about their telescope.

The next day, Peter and Janet are shocked to find out that their meeting shed is with the key in the lock and the telescope is missing!

Angry and disappointed, they question Suzie and Binkie about the missing telescope and they come to the conclusion that, that maybe, whoever is up in the castle has stolen their telescope.

The boys decide to go up to the castle again and the girls and their spaniel, Scamper will stay at home to wait for a signal if anything goes wrong and Janet has a task for borrowing a pair of binoculars from her dad without worrying him about their night adventure.

Janet goes to ask her dad for a pair of binoculars and unfortunately her father goes rushing to the castle with the shepherd an the farmer while Scamper is nowhere to be seen.

Meanwhile, Peter and the boys find rolls and rolls of paintings taken out of their frames hidden under the hay piles the jackdaws dropped for making their nests in the room the woman Suzie and Binkie found painting a picture of the castle.

Unfortunately, Peter and the boys get caught by big men and they kick the rolls down the stairs and they are thrown in a dungeon but luckily Scamper comes to their rescue and they are able to flee finding Peter’s dad, the shepherd and the farmer tackling the men and throwing them in the police van. Peter and his friends run down the hills and collect all the rolls of the valuable paintings spread on the grass.

Unluckily, their telescope is not found but they will be rewarded by the police with a brand new telescope even better than the old one.

THE END

My ratings:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Goodbye for now.

Hermione