Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
“Only Dickens, only he could find such a terrible phrase. An orphan. On the authority of a tombstone. Oh – (Flustered.) But of course you yourself, you know all about – I’m sorry, my dear, how insensitive of me, but then that’s the thing, isn’t it, about real books, they have a way of hurting us even as they heal us…” SG, Just the Three of Us
Considered by many to be Charles Dickens’s finest novel, Great Expectations traces the growth of the book’s narrator, the orphan Philip Pirrip (Pip), from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character.