This is no diary, folks. It’s a memoir. It’s Pip recalling his whole life’s story at once. By our calculations, Pip the narrator is about 57 when he tells this story. He recounts his coming of age in a way that allows us to discover things as he tells them. The man can foreshadow like nobody’s business without spilling the beans. At times, Pip the narrator will interject with comments that reflect his current storyteller state of mind and that convey the Simpsonian sentiment, "Doh!"