David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens. The novel's full title is The Personal History. Now a grown man, David Copperfield tells the story of his youth. As a young boy, he lives happily with his mother and his nurse, Peggotty. His father died before. David Copperfield book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. David Copperfield is the story of a young man's adventures on.
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David Copperfield, in full The Personal History of David Copperfield, novel by English writer Charles Dickens, published serially in –50 and in book form in. The quintessential novel from England's most beloved novelist, David Copperfield is the story of a young man's adventures on his journey from an unhappy. Dickens' great coming-of-age novel, now in a beautiful new clothbound edition This is the novel Dickens regarded as his "favourite child" and is considered.
I think it's marvellous. Only I got caught up in saying why I didn't rate it 5 stars. The book is great. Read it at your own leisure. If you want to read a much better review than mine, click on the link below: View all 35 comments. As always after reading such a density, it is a bit of a friend left on the road.
Dickens himself will admit to having had difficulty in quitting David Copperfield after such a long intimacy! This novel is, he says in the preface, his favorite, and when he has to read an extract in front of an audience, a few years later, the choice of this extract is anguishing because this novel is a whole, a set of entangled narratives one in the other that can not be separated without breaking the fabric of t As always after reading such a density, it is a bit of a friend left on the road.
This novel is, he says in the preface, his favorite, and when he has to read an extract in front of an audience, a few years later, the choice of this extract is anguishing because this novel is a whole, a set of entangled narratives one in the other that can not be separated without breaking the fabric of the work. It is also that this novel is very personal and that Dickens has put a lot of it in this character!
On this point, the notes are captivating. But when I say that I just left a friend here or should I specify "a bunch of friends," which is especially Copperfield custodian of ups and downs. David Copperfield, aged about 40, turns to his past, a long, quiet river at a time when he will meet the Peggoty, brother and sister Murdstone, Emily, Steerforth, his aunt, Agnes , the Micawber and finally Dora of which he will become mad lover.
To enumerate the characters who will follow David in his journey - good, bad, sometimes both - I retrace in my head the thread of the story and I say to myself: Dickens is a fine storyteller who is not afraid to throw away from time to time some information about the future of the narrator keeping us in suspense for the nevertheless seven hundred pages that follow, not hesitating to add a good dose of humor to some dramatic scenes, and a tender love when death is involved.
It was the little David, the orphan, who most moved me, but I give my affection to Mr. Peggoty, to Agnes, and of course to David's aunt who will change completely when she opens the door to a poor vagrant child. It is also a sometimes pathetic portrait of industrial England and finally an almost cinematographic work that inspired the greatest of the years that followed its publication.
Goodbye David! Read the majority of this over the course of 4 days snowed in under 2 or so feet of blizzard and its dimming snowlight day's circular repetition, in a new house, often in near silence only punctuated by winter robins chirping outside, in between making pots of coffee and organizing my books and music and furniture.
I can think of few more delightful states in which to absorb this classic Bildungsroman, which appears to be one of that genre of book called Perfect Novel.
Shall I read more Dickens? I shall read them all. View all 19 comments. May 14, Carlos rated it really liked it. This is his most personal one, according to himself. Why 4 out of 5 stars? Because it was kind of difficult to digest it a bit, I had to go through some pages more than once and try to get the origin of some characters, but most of them are in my head now.
Easy to fall in love with them, and the story itself is kind of unfor "I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child, and his name is David Copperfield" - Charles Dickens. Easy to fall in love with them, and the story itself is kind of unforgettable mixing an orphan boy, lovely adventures, interesting trials, among others. If I were a villain someday hope not , I would like to be like Uriah Heep. A very nostalgic book, a total must of Classic Literature, I will totally re-read it as soon as I can.
I am very proud of my name being "Charles" in Spanish version, even if it was just by coincidence. It's a Classic! Charles Dickens. I picked up this book in a bookstore if you can believe it , not really thinking I'd download such a big pile of pages in classical English, figuring it would bore the hell out of me.
I read the first page. I then proceeded to the counter, and bought it. This is the beginning of my love story with " David Copperfield ", an absolute favorite. It takes a particular mindset to read it I think, so it took me a while to finish it, matching my reading moments with that mindset as much as possible.
You need a I picked up this book in a bookstore if you can believe it , not really thinking I'd download such a big pile of pages in classical English, figuring it would bore the hell out of me. You need a romantic side and you need to be able to get in touch with it in order to enjoy this book, but if you give this tale a chance, it will nurture that sensitive side and make you get tears of joy.
This book is a biography of a wonderful, semi-fictional person, David Copperfield, whose ordeals and adventures are based on those experienced by Charles Dickens. David's thoughts are generous and because this book is written from his perspective, everything he describes around him is depicted in their best possible light. The world is such a nice place through his eyes, even in the most dreary situations of poverty, abandonment and death of loved ones. Plenty of songs of happiness and love are sung in this book, but like in every life, there is not just that.
Sadness, death, loss, heartache become beautiful because of their purity and their core of warmth, a warmth so well expressed in this book. Betrayal and jealousy become even uglier when put next to the purer feelings. It hasn't always been an easy read. Some passages are rather slow and a rare couple of segments that were meant to be funny have somehow lost their edge most humourous instances still retain their power over your mouth corners and unshaken belly, though.
They will yield, I assure you! The local dialects in which some of the protagonists speak sometimes make it very difficult to understand for a non-native English speaker like myself. I have read this book with a little notebook next to me to take down the most memorable quotes.
It was difficult not to just simply copy entire pages at times. Here are some of my favorite quotes -who are really stories in themselves- which show the timeless humour and the great pen of an author who has shown that the most naive thing to be is to be anything but continuously amazed with the wonders all around you: I am thankful for myself, at any rate, that I can find my tiny way through the world, without being beholden to anyone; and that in return for all that is thrown at me, in folly or vanity, as I go along, I can throw bubbles back.
What with her dress; what with the air and sun; what with being made so much of; what with this, that, and the other; her merits really attracted general notice. Have you honours? Have you riches? Have you posts of profitable pecuniary emolument? Let them be brought forward. They are mine! I know it's like me! I know that I belong to it. I know that it's the natural company of such as I am! It comes from country places, where there was no harm in it - and it creeps through the dismal streets, defiled and miserable - and it goes away, like my life, to a great sea that is always troubled and I feel that I must go with it.
Happiness or misery was now the question. There was no other question that I knew of in the world, and only Dora could give the answer to it. No matter. Hearts confined by cobwebs would burst at last, and then Love was avenged. View all 17 comments. David Copperfield is a convolutedly grotesque and darkly satirical Bildungsroman. First of all, David Copperfield is a colourful collection of inimitable characters.
I have thought, since, that its assuming that character was a necessary consequence of Mr. Be this as it may, I well remember the tremendous visages with which we used to go to church, and the changed air of the place.
Again the dreaded Sunday comes round, and I file into the old pew first, like a guarded captive brought to a condemned service. Edward Murdstone is like a slab of blind bigotry and he is an epitome of cruelty and human meanness.
As I came back, I saw Uriah Heep shutting up the office; and, feeling friendly towards everybody, went in and spoke to him, and at parting, gave him my hand. But oh, what a clammy hand his was! I rubbed mine afterwards, to warm it, and to rub his off. It was such an uncomfortable hand, that, when I went to my room, it was still cold and wet upon my memory.
Leaning out of window, and seeing one of the faces on the beam-ends looking at me sideways, I fancied it was Uriah Heep got up there somehow, and shut him out in a hurry.
And David Copperfield passes through this assembly of characters like a martyr through a series of the unavoidable and harrowing ordeals. As a piece of ore should pass through the furnace to become a metal, so a boy should pass through the process of coming of age to become a man. In your reading life you encounter all sorts of books; books you like; books you love; and books perhaps you wish not to have come your way. At rare occasions you come across a book, which you feel privileged to have read.
David Copperfield undoubtedly falls in to this rare category. The book needs no praise by me. It is only yet another addition to the millions of readers who have loved and appreciated this great work from the time of its first publication. Charles Dickens himself had said that In your reading life you encounter all sorts of books; books you like; books you love; and books perhaps you wish not to have come your way.
Charles Dickens himself had said that David Copperfield was his "favourite literary child". All these are proof of the book's worth and greatness. Charles Dickens has written so many great books.
There is no argument of it. But if he ever wrote a book with his whole heart and soul, it is David Copperfield. Even though I haven't read all his books, I can vouch that this is so. I admit that I'm swooned but my conviction is coherent; for how it could be otherwise, when it is almost autobiographic of the author?
Dickens is well known for his clever and witty writing, his satirical observations on English society. But if Dickens is ever known for beautiful, passionate and sincere writing, the credit falls upon David Copperfield.
The experience which David obtains at a very young age helps him learn about life and the need to work hard with consistency and devotion in order to become successful in life. He was a self-made man, whose craving for knowledge and learning made him successful in spite of the difficulties that surrounded his childhood.
Like David, Dickens was a Parliamentary reporter before completely turning in to authorship. In short, David is his literary presentation of himself, more or less. The main story in David Copperfield is the life journey of David Copperfield from birth to old age, filled with loss, hardship, struggle, adventure, success and happiness; and is narrated by him. The story is also about the moral and personal development of David from his childhood to youth to adulthood; how he grows up from his childhood fantasies and mistaken impressions, his vanity and self-importance of youth and the mistakes of his undisciplined heart to learning the true meaning and value of life.
In addition, the stories of the major characters, which are closely connected with his, are included. These stories allow the reader to gain a broad perception on the then English society, the differences of people according to their classes, the vain superiority of the rich, the difficulties and struggles of average men and women, and tragic lives of young innocent girls who become victims of wicked and lustful men.
A wider area of life, of relationship between parent and child, husband and wife, of morals and principles, of tragic lives of "fallen women" due to no fault of theirs , of society, is addressed in these stories making it a complete work. David Copperfield is truly a great book. In my reading life, I have come across many that emotionally affected me; but only a handful had been able to tug at my heartstrings.
David Copperfield is certainly one, and perhaps on top of all of them. The stories, the characters, all were so true and so real. If anyone thinks of reading only one book of Dickens, it should, without doubt, be David Copperfield. David is the hero of his life because of the unconditional love and support of two heroines: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I found this book in a junk pile in a nearby neighborhood shop.
I've been burnt by Dickens before Tale of two Cities. I swore up and down I would never suffer through a another Dickens book ever again. When I spotted this beautiful mint condition vintage copy of David Copperfield, I just couldn't resist. It was free and it seemed like such a shame to just leave it there. It was snowy and damp and I knew if someone didn't rescue it it would become sinfully ruined. I knew if I took it home I was I found this book in a junk pile in a nearby neighborhood shop.
I knew if I took it home I was going to force myself to read it sooner or later, one way or another. So picking it up and actually taking it home was an inevitable commitment. The book is pages long.. Once I start reading I go all the way. I have a no abandonment rule, but this one almost pushed me to change that rule. It started off great, at first I couldn't believe that this was the same writer who wrote A Tale of Two Cities. To me reading a Tale of Two Cities was like trying to read Sanskrit.
I was initially glad to have given Dickens a second try because I would have otherwise missed his literary diversity Gorgeously written but incredibly and painfully dull. David Copperfield annoyed me so much.
There was nothing romantic or noteworthy about his entire story. It was like being forced to watch someone else's boring home-videos. It lacked maturity. It seemed like he never grew up to be a man, and remained a rosy-cheeked, self-back-patting little ass-kisser. Then you gotta love how Dickens conveniently kills off his wife Dora so he can have the opportunity to marry his REAL true love, Agnes, whom he never even knew he loved.
Just what every woman dreams of being.. It's not even worth getting into the rest of the reasons why I didn't enjoy the story, so I'll wrap it up by saying: If I'm ever rummaging through another junk pile of books, and I run across another Dickens, I don't care if the light of God is shining it's golden rays on it, and inside is a map that leads me to a treasure of flawless fist-full chunks of diamonds, I will never ever take another Dickens home ever again. To all the people who gave this 5 stars..
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Having a hard time spinning superlatives for this review. Some highlights. Improvements in characterisation. Notably, the villains. As usual, a memorable cast of eccentrics, stoics, loveable fuck-ups and social climbers. No sagging secondary plots like in Dombey and Son. High-class comedy a-go-go. An enriching experience.
Your soul glows reading this. You want more from a book? Time for that veggie burger. Open til nine and never over capacity like fecking GR. Mar 19, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: I finished reading David Copperfield on the Kindle a few days ago. I read the book because I wanted to, not because I had to write a paper about it. The vivid descriptions of the character I finished reading David Copperfield on the Kindle a few days ago. The vivid descriptions of the characters were just fun to read.
One particularly meek man was described like this: Dickens is a master of suspense. He does it through subtle premonitions in the book. But it sure had an effect on me: I had trouble putting the book down, and stayed up later than I should have on more than one night to keep reading another chapter or three.
Like any good book, this one left me to think even after I was done reading it, and left me wanting to read it again. Right now. There are some practical downsides to it, though. It was written in the s, and some of the vocabulary and British legal, business, and monetary discussions are strange to a modern casual American audience.
Nevertheless, with the exception of the particularly verbose Mr. Micawber, you can probably make it through without a dictionary, though one will be handy. I read it on the Kindle, which integrates a dictionary and makes it very easy to look up words.
I learned that a nosegay is a bouquet of showy flowers. And that Mr. Micawber was fond of using words obsolete since the 17th century, according to the Kindle. Though I usually figured it out after a bit. I was never quite sure if Dickens was being intentionally needling to the reader, or if an s British reader would have figured out the meaning perfectly well. But that was part of the fun of it, I think. This review also posted on my blog at http: View all 3 comments.
What a lovely story! I am always interested in the way Dickens depicts so masterly the big difference between the living conditions of the rich and the poor! It reminds me that I should be more compassionate with people around me! View 1 comment. Jul 05, Megan Baxter rated it it was amazing. David Copperfield is one of my favourite Dickens' books, and I tend to enjoy Dickens quite a lot. It's not a perfect book by any means, and on this read, I noticed that it lagged in the middle.
I suddenly found it much harder to pick up and was more easily distracted by the graphic novels that are my husband's bathroom reading materials. But it picked up again by the end. The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement.
You can read David Copperfield is one of my favourite Dickens' books, and I tend to enjoy Dickens quite a lot. You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Jul 14, Roy Lotz rated it it was amazing Shelves: From the first page to the last, I was having a damned good time. I even made quite a bother of myself several times among friends and family, imitating my favorite characters, only to get blank stares and polite smiles, as I realized that not one among them had read this wonderful book.
Part of the reason I enjoyed this book so much was that I listened to an audiobook version. Dickens had a great ear for dialogue, and you deserve to hear it.
So what of the book? And just as James Brown could turn a yelp into high art, so could Dickens turn the lowly art of caricature into world-class literature. It is almost as if, by blowing certain personality traits out of all proportion, Dickens could transcend the silence of the written page, inflating his creations into flesh and blood, like a clown blowing up a balloon.
And what lovely conversation to overhear! Dickens has a tremendous, almost supernatural, ability to create characters. Every character—even if they are extremely minor—has a great deal of care lavished upon them; they have their own ways of speaking, thinking, gesturing, walking, laughing.
Barkis and Betsy Trotwood were my favorites. The only place Dickens does falter is in his characterizations of young women. Dora was a doll, and Agnes an angel; they were, both of them, uninteresting. As another reviewer has pointed out, this book does have a quieter side. Beneath the brash and brazen giants, who lumber and lurch through these pages, runs a calm current of wistful nostalgia.
In fact, Dickens often comes close to a sort of Proustian mood, as he has Copperfield disentangle his memories. Particularly when David is describing his childhood, with his silly mother and caring servant, or when he is describing the ravages of the Murdstones, or his awkward and difficult time at school, the tone is often tender and delicate, just as when Proust has his narrator describe the anxiety of wanting his mother to give him a goodnight kiss.
I would like to add, as a kind of perverse afterthought, that a Freudian could have a festival analyzing this book. In any case, I have come away from this book with a pleasant stock of memories, and a new respect for, and interest in, the good Dickens. What is so wonderful about Dickens, I think, is that he is so brilliant and yet so readable.
I cannot help grouping Dickens along with Shakespeare and the Beatles, as an artist capable of both keeping the scholars busy and the audience laughing. That, to me, is the mark of the highest genius. So, Dickens, the most beloved English author since Shakespeare. How good is he? Is he as good as Tolstoy? No, he's not as good as Tolstoy.
As good as Dumas? Let's call it a tie. What about other Brits? Well, he's not even close to George Eliot. He's about as good as Thomas Hardy. He has a better feel for what it's like to be poor than most of those authors, and that's a big plus for him; even if you don't like poor people, Dickens' willingness to dive into the alleys makes a nice change So, Dickens, the most beloved English author since Shakespeare.
He has a better feel for what it's like to be poor than most of those authors, and that's a big plus for him; even if you don't like poor people, Dickens' willingness to dive into the alleys makes a nice change from all those Victorian parlors. His characters are often caricatures, but they're effective, memorable ones. His understanding of human nature comes with sharp sarcasm and a bottomless supply of sympathy.
He loves underdogs. He doesn't love Jews. He appears to have some weird ideas about women - see Betsey Trotwood and of course Miss Havisham. His main characters often disappear - never more than in David Copperfield, where many characters can't be bothered to remember the protagonist's name if they remember him at all.
DC is variously called Trot, Daisy, and - by his own awful wife - Doadie. His supporting characters are better, and his villains are best.
Uriah Heep basically walks away with David Copperfield. His plots rely heavily on the kind of coincidence peculiar to 19th century writers, and they're usually telegraphed a mile away, which doesn't keep them from being enormously entertaining and satisfying.
He has a tendency to go on about legal bullshit to a fairly eye-glazing degree. His prose is generally unpretentious and effective, with brief spurts of incredible skill and beauty.
He likes describing weather, as in the virtuoso opening of Bleak House. That and the dizzying opening of Tale of Two Cities "It was the best of times He's badly sentimental. You've probably heard the quote from Oscar Wilde, "One would have to have a heart of stone to read the death of [character from different book] without dissolving into tears of laughter. He's a very good author. David Copperfield is a very good book, but it reads as practice for Great Expectations, which deals with a similar plot and themes better and much more concisely.
Great Expectations is the best Dickens I've read. This is good, and Dickens is quite good. I find myself not needing to think about him all that often. Dickens' influences If you're interested: Here are the books he's referring to: This one is supposed to be his best. Giggle alot. Be innocent, stupid, and silly. Flirt with a rival and blush charmingly. Have an annoying lap dog. Have a best friend who will act as a go-between.
Impecunious and overprotective fathers are to be avoided, but indulgent aunts should be welcomed. Ensure that the man courting you has the ability to provide for you and your future family.
If need be, move to Australia. Stay away, especially, from fortune hunters. Fortune hunters with evil sisters should be avoided like the plague. Stay away, especially, from rich nobles. Rich nobles with evil cousins should be avoided like the plague. Avoid being young and silly, but learn how to support your husband-to-be in his efforts.
Be pretty. Suffer in silence. Keep your feelings to yourself, and smile sweetly and lovingly to everyone, never thinking of yourself. Keep company as a child with a young boy who will regard you as a close sister and eventually grow to adore you and marry you. Anything from Dickens is amazing! View all 4 comments. Umble we are, umble we have been, umble we shall ever be Nearly 20 years after writing David Copperfield, Dickens said, "like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child.
As with most of his novels, Dickens beamed the light on a social evil--here, the working conditions of minors, as David was 8 or 9 when his stepfather took him out of school after David's mom died and sent him to work in London. If you haven't read it or it's been a while, you should pick it up. View 2 comments. I reread this so I could join a friend who was reading Dickens for the first time she thinks. Page in my copy is the perfect mixture of what Dickens achieves throughout the whole novel.
Mell, someone we do not see or hear of between page and page Because this was a reread, I noted the foreshadowing especially, which of course didn't mean I remembered all that happened. I'd even forgotten the context of my favorite sentence, coming upon it as if for the first time, which granted me the same thrill I felt upon reading it within its paragraph the very first time. View all 14 comments. Me ha encantado y va directo a favoritos. Desde luego, una lectura de las que alimentan.
Feb 07, Pages download. Feb 07, Pages. Dick, Uriah Heep and his mother. They are extravagant, but not unreal, and when you have once to know them you can never quite forget them. Eliot agreed: The series was founded in by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer.
It provided the foun- dation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. The second of eight children, he grew up in a family frequently beset by financial insecurity. When the family fortunes improved, Charles went back to… More about Charles Dickens. Join Reader Rewards and earn your way to a free book! Join Reader Rewards and earn points when you download this book from your favorite retailer.
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