First Prize

Among the books I have read, the novel Great Expectations is my favourite. It's one of Charles Dickens’s most famous novels. It's his 13th novel. It was published as a novel in three volumes in 1861.

This story is about a boy called Pip, who is a young orphaned boy who lives with his elder sister and her husband. Pip knows that he will be a blacksmith like his brother-in-law when he grows up. But an anonymous benefactor settles a lavish allowance on him. Pip goes to London and starts life in a society that is completely alien to him.

And he loves a girl called Estella who was a childhood friend of his. The novel chronicles Pip's life experiences from childhood to adulthood. It’s a tale of love and passion. One of the themes of the novel is Pip's uneasiness about social class. I hope young readers will enjoy this novel. 

Hashini Dulanjalee, 
Grade 10, Devapala College, Kurunegala




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