Great Expectations by Charles Dickens has long been a favorite of mine so when I noticed a Manga edition available on Netgalley, I had to pick it up and check it out. This edition, written and illustrated by Stacy King, Crystal S. Chan and Nokman Poon, as well as Charles Dickens himself of course, is a lovely introduction to classic literature for the uninitiated. The illustrations have a simplicity to them which lends an authenticity to the subject matter and the monochrome colour scheme is reminiscent of publications of the era.
Great Expectations is a rag-to-riches story following the life of an orphan named Pip who comes into money from a mysterious benefactor. I won’t go into great detail about the actual storyline here as I encourage everyone to go and read it for themselves! Many people can feel daunted about reading classics however so this edition offers a easier approach. By necessity, it only offers the bare bones of the story but it’s enough to get a taste for Dickens’ writing.
I rated this book 4/5 as while I believe it is very good, I did miss the nuance and the detail which comes from reading the original. In saying that, I’d happily recommend this book to anyone.
I should also mention that as this in a Manga edition it is read from back to front and right to left. This was my first time reading in this format but it was easy to get the hang of and didn’t detract from the experience at all.