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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield (1850)

by Charles Dickens

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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1850)


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Very (very) long, but full of great and very funny scenes. There are nothing quite like the characters in Dickens. If you've seen the movie, you'll have a bit of a head start in appreciating this. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 22, 2016 |
This is a re-read of this wonderful semi-autobiographical Dickens novel. While this time round, I felt the novel slightly sagged in the middle, the great majority of it is so wonderful that that minor sagging doesn't affect my overall opinion. The novel is full of dramatic incident, with the usual cast of quirky and unforgettable characters, including at least three that have become character tropes since, in: Mr Murdstone, David's cruel stepfather (or father in law as Dickens calls it); Wilkins Micawber, the spendthrift who is always anticipating something will turn up so he can meet his debts, but is a lovable and loyal friend to David; and Uriah Heep, the superficially humble, but in reality devious clerk who assumes control of his employer's business and is eventually exposed by David. As is often the case, the female characters are more of a mixed bag; Peggoty, David's mother's sometime housekeeper, and his aunt Betsy Trotwood, are marvellous, but the younger women, i.e. David's mother Clara, his wife Dora (probably the wettest character in English literature), and the love of his life Agnes, are much more stereotypically portrayed. I think this is one of the truly great English novels and I am sure I will read it again on further occasions in my life. ( )
  john257hopper | Oct 7, 2016 |
So, uh...I usually like Dickens but I'm not a fan of books done in the style of biopics unless there is some uniquely amazing tale that ties their biopic together - like the mystery of Pip's wealth in Great Expectations or Oliver's quest to find a place he belongs in Oliver Twist. Only time will tell how I come to feel about this particular book...

Update: Nope. Didn't care for this at all. There were a few interesting episodes in David's life, but nothing worthy of a tome of this depth. ( )
  benuathanasia | Oct 4, 2016 |
I love Charles Dickens! David Copperfield and Great Expectations are my two favorite Dickens novels so far. He's another author whose work I want to read in its entirety. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
So this is the first of Dickens' great works, though I still hold Barnaby Rudge in that category for myself. But I digress. Young, infant Copperfield is born, and as the book progresses his life is a look into the early Victorian world. His mother re-marries for what appears to be love (though is more about abuse and the "I can fix you!" of a dominant man), Copperfield is sent to a horrible school, then to a glassworks shop, then escapes to the home of his great aunt Betsey Trotwood.

For all the observations young and older Copperfield makes, his knowledge of the world matures with him. He does not at first see the deviousness of Steerforth or of Uriah Heep, though he does see how he has to try to fit into his new home once his mother re-marries. He loves little Em'ly, though he does not know it at the time; perhaps they could have been happy together?

And when his time comes for true love, he does not see how lovely Dora is not a match. Not for him, not really for any man. Dickens' does not wax into why Dora maintains her childishness in the same way that Heep explains his 'umbleness to his betters. Perhaps, because this is something of an observing memoir, Dora does not have even the depth to begin to enter into a self-study.

In any event, it is a good book, long classic, and worth reading. ( )
  threadnsong | Sep 23, 2016 |
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David Copperfield relates the story of his life - transmuting many of the early experience of his creator - right from his birth to his attainment of settled maturity and successful authorship. On his journey, David encounters a gallery of memorable characters, kind, cruel or grotesque: Mr Micawber, Uriah Heep and Steerforth are among the many who shape his development.

By turns absorbingly comic, dramatic, ironic and tender, the novel brings into energetic life the society and preoccupations of the mid-Victorian world
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Affectionately inscribed to the Hon. Mr and Mrs Richard Watson, of Rockingham, Northamptonshire
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Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.
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To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140439447, Paperback)

Beginning in 1854 up through to his death in 1870, Charles Dickens abridged and adapted many of his more popular works and performed them as staged readings. This version, each page illustrated with lovely watercolor paintings, is a beautiful example of one of these adaptations.

Because it is quite seriously abridged, the story concentrates primarily on the extended family of Mr. Peggotty: his orphaned nephew, Ham; his adopted niece, Little Emily; and Mrs. Gummidge, self-described as "a lone lorn creetur and everythink went contrairy with her." When Little Emily runs away with Copperfield's former schoolmate, leaving Mr. Peggotty completely brokenhearted, the whole family is thrown into turmoil. But Dickens weaves some comic relief throughout the story with the introduction of Mr. and Mrs. Micawber, and David's love for his pretty, silly "child-wife," Dora. Dark nights, mysterious locations, and the final destructive storm provide classic Dickensian drama. Although this is not David Copperfield in its entirety, it is a great introduction to the world and the language of Charles Dickens.

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A young boy in nineteenth-century London runs away from an unhappy home, finds employment in a wine factory, and becomes acquainted with a wide variety of characters in the city streets.

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