Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Review


Manga Classics: Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens (Author), Nookman Poon (Artist)

Adapted by: Crystal S. Chan

Genre: Graphic Novel/Classic

Publication Date: April 2015

Udon Publishing



Considered to be Charles Dicken’s finest novel, Great Expectations has it all: romance, mystery, comedy, and unforgettable characters woven through a gripping rags-to-riches tale.

Featuring gorgeous artwork that brings this timeless classic to life like never before, Dickens’ compelling cast and sweeping story are perfectly captured in this brilliant manga adaptation.


My Review:

Great Expectations starts out when Pip, the main character, is a young boy. He is sitting by the grave of his parents when a stranger bound in chains comes along and demands Pip give him his food. Then he has Pip agree to bring him more food and a file so that he can remove his chains. This single event changes the whole of Pip’s future.

Charles Dickens never disappoints when it comes to interesting characters. Pip is a kind, gentle boy, with large ambitions. His sister is fiery, his uncle gentle, and Estelle, the daughter of the mysterious Mrs. Hibbins, is a puzzle unto herself. Each of the characters were created like puzzle pieces, each one to fit snuggly in a specific way around Pip.

While the plot is similar to many of his other works, like Oliver Twist, in the sense that it is a rags-to-riches story, it is still different enough to be compelling. I know from experience that sometimes when it comes to writing out plots, there are certain kinds of plots that you want to explore from all angles, and since a story can only end one way, it’s fun to make up another story that is similar, with a different, more satisfying and/or dramatic ending. And Great Expectations didn’t end exactly as I thought it would.

Once again, the artwork of these manga books is just wonderful. The sweeping, gentle illustrations in scenic pictures always lends the story an air of historical essence. I can’t help but enjoy each and every picture on the pages.

Manga Classics: Great Expectations is a fun and fascination read paying tribute to the original classic.

I Rate It: 4 1/2 stars

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



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