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 Dickens s epic, exuberant novel is one of the greatest coming of age stories in literature It chronicles David Copperfield s extraordinary journey through life, as he encounters villains, saviours, eccentrics and grotesques, including the wi 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 Dickens s epic, exuberant novel is one of the greatest coming of age stories in literature It chronicles David Copperfield s extraordinary journey through life, as he encounters villains, saviours, eccentrics and grotesques, including the wicked Mr Murdstone, stout hearted Peggotty, formidable Betsey Trotwood, impecunious Micawber and odious Uriah Heep.Dickens s great Bildungsroman based, in part, on his own boyhood, and which he described as a favourite child is a work filled with life, both comic and tragic.The Penguin English Library 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
David Copperfield 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 Dickens s epic exuberant novel is one of the greatest coming of age
DAVID COPPERFIELD MASTER VILLAINoh you architect of doom your devious passivity and willful naivete know no boundaries your crimes are many your poor doting mother hustled off to an early grave, and you do nothing you repay the Murdstones attempts at improvement with intransigence and a savage bite you return Mr Creakle s guiding hand with laziness and scorn you do nothing as your idol Steerforth humiliates Mr Mell you run from honest work in a factory you must be too good for that you impose up [...]
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.Charles Dickens can do no wrong, except perhaps keep around 100 pages of rather irrelevant tangents in this book.It was such a powerhouse of characterisation and world building that I barely know where to begin All of the characters were utterly divine, even the detestable Uriah Heep and the unbelievably pathetic Dora, and most especially the wonderful early Feminist icon that is Betsy Trotwood I oft [...]
This narrative is my written memory , declares David Copperfield in the last section of this elephantine novel, a sentence that strongly implies an autobiographical imprint of the author in the making of his famous middle class hero But is that aspect what I most value of this work Far from it.This thick volume is quite an ambitious journey partly a comic story, which often verges on a tale for children, and partly a picaresque book tinged with distinctive dramatic intention that fluctuates in t [...]
Call it an act of heresy but I m abandoning this I ve got to page 600 which means I ve only another 150 pages to go but I ve completely lost interest The characters are too one dimensional and you can see the plot coming as if it s daubed in road marking paint I ve read all of Dickens novels except the early ones and mostly loved them except for Tale of two Cities and the reason I d never read this was I believed, mistakenly, it was another early one However it reads like an early one, so I wasn [...]
Status Report Chapters 1 8i had forgotten how much i love Dickens the man is a master at the immersive experience it is really easy for me to get sucked into the world he is so carefully constructing, to revel in all the extensive details, the lavish description, the almost overripe imagination at work his strength at creating a wide range of entirely lived in settings both brief snapshots of places in passing and crucial places like David s home and school is equalled by his even famous skill [...]
I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child And his name is DAVID COPPERFIELD I have also a favorite author and his name is Charles Dickens This novel is poetry To truly appreciate the beauty of the English language, one must read David Copperfield This book cannot be classified It is a love story, a drama, and a comedy It has elements of horror and suspense I laughed hysterically, sobbed uncontrollably, and threw it to a wall in a fit of anger It annoyed, bored, and entrapped me The characte [...]
Bravo, Dickens I have to say that, copying Thackaray for the millionth time, probably What a difference to read the original, compared to the watered down versions I was familiar with from my childhood It took me quite a lot of time to get into the rich flow of words, the beautiful allusions, and the dry humour, but then I was hooked My family will always remember the Christmas vacation when I was in a rage against Uriah Heep, not able to contain my anger, sharing my frustration loudly But it wa [...]
My first Dickens, this book came highly recommended to me and after jumping around this for almost three years I finally managed to read it this time This book was also a big achievement for me in terms of classics last year I started three classics, putting them on halt for other books at different times This is the only tome classic that I finished So yeah, it was a huge achievement for me, especially because I loved it.So am not going to write here what this book is about as almost everyone m [...]
898 David Copperfield, Charles Dickens David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens The novel s full title is The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account It was first published as a serial in 1849 50, and as a book in 1850 Many elements of the novel follow events in Dickens s own life, and it is often considered as his veiled autobiography It was Dickens favourite [...]
David Copperfield is an early queer novel by Charles Dickens It follows David Copperfield, a gay man in early 19th century England, as he tries to seduce and betroth another gay man, James Steerforth Copperfield first sets his eyes on Steerforth at Salem House where they both must subdue their love for each other, giving their age difference and the society of the time However, as the novel progresses, Copperfield and Steerforth live openly as a homosexual couple Their relationship comes into pe [...]
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 th [...]
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 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 Dickens I shall re [...]
I picked up this book in a bookstore if you can believe it , not really thinking I d buy 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 roman [...]
I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child, and his name is David Copperfield Charles Dickens.As a HUGE fan of Sir Charles Dickens, I can t say this is a normal book 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 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 unforgettable mi [...]
Finished Having a hard time spinning superlatives for this review It is or less established I strongly like, or passionately love, every Dickens novel I read so why not slap a five star badge on this masterpiece and hop down to Bev s caf for a veggie burger, free sexual innuendo with every purchase, a fly in every milkshake, and a 50p discount on all half cooked omelettes Fine Some highlights Improvements in characterisation Notably, the villains David s friendship with Steerforth partially bli [...]
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 going t [...]
I finished reading David Copperfield on the Kindle a few days ago.I m not an English major, and so I m not going to pretend to be one I m not going to discuss what themes the book touches on, what category it fits in, or generally dissect it to the point where it s monotonous than fun.I read the book because I wanted to, not because I had to write a paper about it.I must say, first of all, that this has got to be one of the best books I ve ever read The vivid descriptions of the characters were [...]
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 easily distracted by the graphic novels that are my husband s bathroom reading materials But it picked up again by the end.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this de [...]
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It was as true, said Mr Barkis, as turnips is It was as true, Mr Barkis said, nodding his nightcap, which was his only means of emphasis, as taxes is And nothing s truer than them I enjoyed the hell out of this book 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 bo [...]
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 No Hugo 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 from all th [...]
Top Ten Tips to Young Ladies of Marriageable Age by Charles Dickens10 Giggle alot Be innocent, stupid, and silly Flirt with a rival and blush charmingly 9 Have an annoying lap dog 8 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 7 Ensure that the man courting you has the ability to provide for you and your future family If need be, move to Australia 6 Stay away, especially, from fortune hunters Fort [...]
Umble we are, umble we have been, umble we shall ever beMy Personal Favorite Story Ever 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 So opens the best story ever of a youngster s journey into adulthood and amour Nearly 20 years after writing David Copperfield, Dickens said, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child And his name is David Copperfield Dickens most colorful a set of cha [...]
I reread this so I could join a friend who was reading Dickens for the first time she thinks.Page 424 in my copy is the perfect mixture of what Dickens achieves throughout the whole novel I noted three instances of chuckle out loud humor on that one page alone David s desire to pitch Uriah over the banister the character he has dubbed Hamlet s aunt as having the family failing of indulging in soliloquy and the talk of Blood at a particular dinner table causing him to liken the snobby diners to a [...]
I acquired this book from my father s bookshelf It was bought by my father in 1964 oh how I love old books This book by Charles Dickens is definitely a masterpiece Although the author has died long ago, but I believe that his books and novels still live within us because of their marvelous concept and breathtaking events And David Copperfield is certainly not an exception It is said that this book is a reflection of the author s life and that makes it meaningful I feel The story traces the life [...]
A thoroughly charming and uplifting tale of an orphan who grew up through much hardship and travail in Victorian England By pluck and good luck he finds the right people to support and inspire him, and to love and to protect in turn, and thereby approach his ambition to become the hero of his own life It s long, but it fulfills the quota for books you don t mind lingering with, where each chapter in my Libravox audiobook version whetted my interest for the next In the serialized version Dickens [...]
I read this at the same time I read Ready Player One and A Game of Thrones Those are super exciting, grab your hair and run around, can t put the book down adventure stories whispers This was better It was a slow read for me Nothing super exciting happens There are no cliffhangers at the end of each chapter But it was GOOD Dickens outdid himself here Probably my second favorite of his, behind Bleak House but ahead of Great Expectations And the last one I still rated 5 stars.
I felt it to be such a daunting task to read this book I m not one to give up on a book once I begin reading, but I certainly came close with this one It was by no means a poorly written story actually, it was some of the best writing I have read in quite a while I was sad for David Copperfield as he experienced so much loss in his life I enjoyed the ending, which seemed a happy one, comparatively speaking.
D, is for Dickens.Truth be told this would be a 4 if I didn t know it was an abridgment of the original mine is 204 pages long the sheer egotism of hacking and splicing Dickens words galls me to no end Review Time I have been putting off writing this review for what feels like ages, in actuality it s only a little over a week, because I had to come to terms with my own failings and find a way to review this without all the tar and feathers I feel like ANY abridged Dickens deserves.It is my own d [...]
What a wonderful story by the great Charles Dickens A tale of escape and adventure Mr Murdstone is a particularly nasty man and Uriah Heep a nefarious person indeed Dickens was a master of describing the dour and squalid Victorian period The draconian schools and work houses Most all of Dickens work describes, through fantastic characterized personalities in his narrative, how the Victorian era was a terrible time to live if one was poor The divide between the elite few and the impoverished Most [...]