David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

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...the novel endures because of its fundamental optimism and good cheer. As Mr. Micawber says, even from the depths of despair, “Something will turn up.” It always, always does.
-Time Magazine

Synopsis

`I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is DAVID COPPERFIELD,' wrote Dickens of what is the most personal, certainly one of the most popular, of all his novels.

Dickens wrote the book after the completion of a fragment of autobiography recalling his employment as a child in a London warehouse, and in the first-person narrative, a new departure for him, realized marvellously the workings of memory. The embodiment of his boyhood experience in the novel involved a `complicated interweaving of truth and fiction', at its most subtle in the portrait of his father as Mr Micawber, one of Dickens's greatest comic creations. Enjoying a humour that never becomes
caricature, the reader shares David's affection for the eccentric Betsey Trotwood and her protégé Mr Dick, and smiles with the narrator at the trials he endures in his love for the delightfully silly Dora. Settings, (East Anglia, the London of the 1820s), people, and events are unified by their
relationship to the story of Steerforth's treachery, which reaches its powerful climax in the storm scene.

This edition, which has the accurate Clarendon text, includes Dickens's trial titles and working notes, and eight of the original illustrations by `Phiz'.
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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of England's greatest writers. Best known for his classic serialized novels, such as "Oliver Twist", "A Tale of Two Cities", and "Great Expectations", Dickens wrote about the London he lived in, the conditions of the poor, and the growing tensions between the classes. He achieved critical and popular international success in his lifetime and was honored with burial in Westminster Abbey.
 
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Patheos

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Reviewed by Paul D. Miller on Jul 31 2012

The book is truly great because Copperfield is not simply a sentimental record of good people doing good. Dickens shows us wickedness and fallenness too.

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Time Magazine

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Reviewed by Radhika Jones on Feb 02 2012

...the novel endures because of its fundamental optimism and good cheer. As Mr. Micawber says, even from the depths of despair, “Something will turn up.” It always, always does.

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The Copperfield Review

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Reviewed by Meredith Allard on Apr 28 2012

David Copperfield has the larger-than-life characters and plot twists and turns we know and love from Dickens, but it’s a smaller book–not because of its size but because it’s more of a character study than a social commentary.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Heber.limcarocks on Mar 10 2012

Though this novel is a bulky one, the story is very simple one. It tells us the difference of leading life as a simple boy in Dickens world to our 21st century world.

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Gather Books

Above average
Reviewed by Tony Peters on May 04 2010

The characters were very well created and woven into the tale beautifully, although I think that we saw too many characters that the reader is supposed to try to keep track of. I would only recommend this book to those who like classics.

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Brothers Judd

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on May 01 2000

...it is vastly entertaining and if the ending is a little too pat, our complaint is less a function of the mechanics of the conclusion than our disappointment at seeing the Micawbers and Peggotys depart the scene. By any measure, it must be considered one of the truly great novels.

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http://www.bookdrum.com

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on Apr 22 2015

David Copperfield can be enjoyed for a variety of reasons – adventure, comedy, psychology, or for the sorrow, honesty and entertainment value of the narrative. It is the sort of literary masterpiece against which all other works must be measured and for which all avid readers will reach.

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on Apr 22 2015

...I liked it very much. I felt the atmosphere it was giving and there were deep characters, which really helped in the story. You seriously should give this a try.

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Reviewed by Roof Beam Reader on Aug 15 2011

Although the first portion of the book was a bit of a drudge, the rest of the book was written beautifully. As the story picked up and became more complicated...the language wove an interesting web around him and his journey...

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So Many Books

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Reviewed by Stefanie on Mar 11 2014

It’s a good thing Dickens had so many characters to dispose of, which was probably the problem in the first place. Nonetheless, good book. And if you like Dickens you are sure to enjoy David Copperfield.

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For What It's Worth

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Reviewed by Alex on Aug 30 2011

...there is great deal going on and great deal of people. And it isn’t like these things are forgotten: Mr. Copperfield brings them throughout the novel. With sufficient willpower and patience though, this can easily be a brilliant, relatively believable read. Only the slow start pulls down the rating here.

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