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. Th "I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. The characters in this novel are like real people to me and I feel for them as I feel for living creatures. I despise Mr. It was such a memorable experience that more than 15 years later, I can still recall certain scenes as if they were part of my actual memory.
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All that is good about this world innocence, justice, truth can be found within these pages. I cannot reccommend it highly enough. But I have one helpful suggestion: Do not read it without notebook and paper in hand to keep track of characters. They are often introduced nonchalantly only to reappear later as central to the storyline. View all 20 comments. Shelves: recommendations , , massive-tomes , 4-star , stand-alone-read , 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 ever 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.
So am not going to write here what this book is about as almost everyone must be aware of its content here. My heart went out for this afraid, stammering kid. And perhaps this hard behavior honed him into something strong that held him up in the tough times, inspired him to go on and never stop. It was just so beautiful to see them carve him into a good man. As he became a man, friends i. Micawber and Traddles, taught him to smile and made him an honest man. But Agnes put soul into this hard, strong, and loving man. She inspired him to keep doing good deeds. She calmed him in spite of going through hell herself.
This book left me bittersweet. Bitter because I was not ready to say good bye to these characters yet and sweet because it ended on a high note. I heaved a huge sigh of relief after seeing my favorite people getting what they deserved. Such a simple yet an absolutely beautiful book.
View all 16 comments. Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-to-read-before-you-die , favorites , charles-dickens. Bravo, Dickens! I have to say that, copying Thackaray for the millionth time, probably.
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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 Bravo, Dickens! But it wasn't only annoyance with the blatant hypocrisy, vulgarity and opportunism, of course. I fell in love with the minor characters, as I usually do when reading Dickens. And just following their paths, walking through 19th century London, is a delight! Update: My eldest son finished it as well now, and interestingly he was more annoyed with David's naivety than with Uriah's hypocrisy and criminal activities.
By now fully acquainted with the Copperfield universe, he read a comment in The Economist, and burst out laughing at the notoriously self-promoting, self-indulgent, deceptive politician of our days, who claimed to be "very humble indeed - people wouldn't believe really how humble I am! Well, Uriah ended up playing his tricks in prison The 'umble scoundrel cited in The Economist later moved into the Bleak House , eh Wrong again? Well, in a world turned upside down, it is a pure pleasure to read Dickens and to know that his characters get the fate they deserve, and that poetical justice will come, after a long nail-biting adventure, originally delivered in the newspapers just like global day-to-day politics!
So, Uriah! I would appreciate if you could just 'umbly stay a fictional character! View all 31 comments. 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 int David Copperfield is an early queer novel by Charles Dickens.
Their relationship comes into peril when Dora Spenlow, a jealous fag hag, refuses to continue living as Copperfield's beard and forces him to marry her. Thus, Copperfield and Steerforth break apart. All seems lost until Copperfield befriends Tommy Traddles, another boy whose acquaintance he had made at Salem House.
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They partake in a salubrious love affair to which Dickens pens several hundred pages of steamy man-on-man action. However, once again this relationship is cast into peril by that bitter old queen Uriah Heep. Uriah Heep is a mean gay and the epitome of masc4masc culture. However his plan is spoiled after his findom daddy, Mr. Micawber the man who famously threw the first brick at Stonewall , repossess his pearls because Heep refuses to send him any more daguerreotypes of his feet. Or, in other words: David Copperfield is more of the same from Dickens.
More straight-forward than some of his previous novels, Dickens instead relies on verisimilitude rather than ridiculousness in order to tell this story. It is a pity as the more outrageous Dickens is, the more I enjoy him. However, despite this novel only receiving three-stars from me, it is still better than most novels ever written. It is only 'three-stars' within Dickens' own bibliography and not the greater Western canon. It probably would have been four-stars if he had included more chapters with Miss Mowcher. Oct 02, Luffy rated it really liked it. What can be said of David Copperfield that hasn't been said before?
I've been told that the book is funny. But I think the book is as funny as Superman. If stand up comedians based their material on David Copperfield, they wouldn't make a living. For it's bulk, the book does fast forward a lot. When David is stricken with grief as an adult he goes away writes a lot and becomes famous. How, I don't know. I think the author wanted to refer to himself. I have read entire chapters okay, chapter 35 without understanding a lick of what was being said. I dread what would happen if this book figured in my B.
English class. Maybe I should have appealed to the expertise of the group that's very passionate about Dickens. You know who you are And, in the end, details of some happenings are already beginning to fade. I must say, that the deaths in this book are different from that in Nicholas Nicklesby, and also from those in Martin Chuzzlewit.
I'd compare Mr Pecksniff with Uriah Heep, but there is little similitude between them, really. Am I so brave as to read more of Dickens, or braver still to reread David Copperfield? Time will tell. My rating of this book is based on my enjoyment of it, believe it or not. See you later, Mr. PS - It has come to my attention that I didn't praise the book a lot. 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. 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: what way made!
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! 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 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. 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.
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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. 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: his aunt Betsy and Agnes. 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. How romantic. 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.. View all 30 comments. 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: ownebook , to-reread. 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. Dickens is a master of suspense. He does it through subtle premonitions in the book.
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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. 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.
Note: 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: highly-recommended-favorites , novels-novellas-short-stories , anglophilia.
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. As for the device, AMF has put together a small team including Stephen Wolfram to look into what may have happened to it on impact.
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