David Copperfield

David Copperfield

By Charles Dickens

  • Release Date: 1934-01-01
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
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Description

The novel traces the life of David Copperfield from the time of his birth to his mature manhood, when he is married and familiar with the vicissitudes of life. His early years are enjoyable with his mother — who was widowed shortly before his birth — and with her servant, Peggotty. Life is happy for David until his mother decides to marry Mr. Murdstone; afterward, life becomes unbearable for David. He is soon sent to a miserable school where he becomes friendly with James Steerforth, a fellow student.

Reviews

  • David (Doady, Trotwood) Copperfield

    5
    By Onion Bob
    Turnoff your television and devote an hour a night to read Dickens masterpiece, David Copperfield. Written beautifully in an era when reading was one of the greatest joys (and skills) a person could enjoy. Rich characterization, detailed descriptions and colorful dialectic quotes make this a story for the ages. Success and failure, love and loathing, kindness and abuse, fidelity and betrayal, this partial autobiographical tome is wonderful. Give yourself the gift of reading it.
  • Awesome book!

    5
    By EpicAlexO.
    I got this book from my grandma for a Mac book air 2, I had to read classics, 15 of them including Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. David Copperfield is an exciting story and I recommend it 1000 stars. Be careful, it is 1430 pages lol.
  • What a wonderfully articulate read!!

    5
    By SteveClark590
    It took a few chapters to adjust to the mastery of Dickens' eloquence, but it was well worth the effort. He takes you into the intimacy of thoughts through such deft subtlety while maintaining that British politeness and propriety. A master storyteller; always leading you into the next vividly crucial scene. Excellent! Excellent!
  • Worth the time.

    5
    By Three96
    It took quite some time to read this classic work. But it was well worth it. It is a great study of the human condition with key insights into Dickens' childhood and life growing up in the early 1800's England.
  • David Copperfield

    5
    By Mcchhh
    This book is absolutely brilliant and beautiful. I feel as if I have been living in 19th Century England. Dickens has a remarkable ability for getting at the essence of human nature.
  • Long but good

    4
    By Sdkb
    I very much enjoyed the characters and story. Sometimes the description or dialogue would get to be too much and I'd skim over some but I did fall in love with Mr. Copperfield and his tale.
  • Amazing

    5
    By NHBS
    Absolutely fantastic. What a gem.
  • David Copperfield

    5
    By Thinkerhill
    No one ever has written more eloquently than Charles Dickens and the best of all is David Copperfield. The range of emotion, adventure, and intrigue is unmatched even by modern authors.
  • Great Book

    5
    By User0979
    Excellent!
  • Nothing beats Dickens

    4
    By Min to go
    I have never read David Copperfield before. I thoroughly enjoyed the details, the characters and the complications of the story. It is not considered essential to "tie up all the loose ends," these days. But I found a certain satisfaction in that last chapter. I did get weary of Macawber's loquacious manner, but that was just an aspect of his character. I loved watching the transition of a con man becoming a pillar of society, and maintaining the depth of affection of his wife through it all. Her faith in her husband never failed. I thought it a little to neat to have so many characters die, but perhaps this was not uncommon in the old days. I saw pearls of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist blended neatly into this tale. I'm not aware of their chronological sequence, but clearly Dickens is drawing on his personal experience of these dark days to paint a full Rembrandt of imagery in his writing. I felt satisfied with the overall story. All of Dickens' stories point to the great loss our technologically driven society presents. Our evenings are gathered around a screen rather than each other at a fireside. We have lost the full spectrum of communication and socialization to an inanimate object. The fall out of this alienation is a severe reduction of our language skills in general, and our narrative skills in particular. Dickens is becoming increasingly difficult to read because of this reduced language. Many of the terms he uses are not longer referenced in the dictionary. If this story were to be made in a modern film, much of it would have to be reduced to be accessible to the modern mind. The stories within Copperfield, however, are timeless.

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