'Great Expectations' on-going series . . .

In my youth my father tried, without a great deal of success, to encourage me to enjoy works of literature.   I had my own dreams and my own limited appreciation of the ways of the world. I was closed to the creative imaginations and understanding of the human psyche of Leo Tolstoy and Gustave Flaubert.

For some years now this resistance to reading literature has been ebbing away.   It's amazing to think that these books, such modest objects with their plain cloth covers, can be loaded with themes of love and hate, life and death, and fear and faith. 

The paintings and drawings were each made before I had read the book, possibly as a way of warming to it in advance.   The title 'Great Expectations' refers to my own expectations of the book as well as my fathers expectations of me.

Madame Bovary
Wuthering Heights
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Don Quixote
In Search of Lost Time
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Moby Dick
Gulliver's Travels
Anna Karenina
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
Sons and Lovers
'Great Expectations' at Rheged, Cumbria in 2017
Crime and Punishment
Remembrance of Things Past
The Decameron
The Odyssey
War and Peace
Madame Bovary
The Tin Drum