Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)
Pip is visiting the grave of his mother on a Christmas Eve when he is 6, when he meets a runaway convict who threats him into stealing from his family. He is also a witness when the convict is arrested and he fears that the convict thinks that it is him that has told the police where to find them.
Pip lives with his sister and her husband, the blacksmith, Joe. They are very poor and his sister never says a kind word to either him or Joe. Pip is hired as a playmate to an orphan, Estella, who is adopted by a rich lady who was abandoned at the altar by her fiancé. Pip falls in love with Estella who is never kind to him.
Luck has it that Pip is taken care of by an anonymous benefactor in order to become a gentleman and he moves to London where he spends money and trying to get somewhere in life. And then he runs into the convict again.
I never really got into the story and found my thoughts to be drifting a lot while reading it, so I don't really understand the book. Shame on me. This always seems to be happening when I read the so-called classics; maybe I don't have the brain to devour those old books. Yet I had moments when I truly enjoyed what I read, and I loved the awkward Miss Havisham.
(This book was the first book in Line's 1001 books reading challenge 2012 and if you want to see what other Norwegian bloggers think about it, follow the link.)