David Copperfield,
Charles Dickens
Publisher: Dover Publications (January 14, 2005)
ISBN-13: 978-0486436654
Paperback: 736 pages

From the Back Cover:
Based on the author’s own tumultuous journey from boy to man, this epic traces young David’s progress from his mother’s sheltering arms to the miseries of boarding-school and sweatshop and the rewards of friendship, romance, and self-discovery in his vocation as a writer. A cherished favorite with generations of readers (starting with Dickens himself), this novel combines a compelling narrative with a memorable cast, from the brutal Mr. Murdstone to the exuberantly optimistic Mr. Micawber. Unabridged republication of the classic 1850 edition.

REVIEW:David Copperfield has it all – drama, romance, humor, history and suspense. The story begins with his birth in 19th century London and the early idyllic days of childhood, but upon the death of his father, David’s life takes an entirely different trajectory. The abuse, rejection and adversity David endures are more than enough to make him a sympathetic character, but he is also a lovable character. Early on, it seems his kindness, innocence and integrity do nothing to serve him well but only encourage mistreatment from others – except the reader! At the start of reading the book, I wanted to adopt David and take care of him. By the end of the book, I wanted to marry him.

The list of characters is as long as your arm, but their distinct personalities help to sort them out in your memory. Like in life, most of the characters are complex having good and bad qualities and all have a purpose in the story. The length of the book allows for well-developed characters and plot. Sooner or later, everything comes full circle and the reader is satisfied with every outcome.

Don’t let the number of pages discourage you from reading David Copperfield. When I came to the final page, I was reluctant to say goodbye to David and his world. Dickens said it was his favorite book he’d written and I can understand why. David Copperfield is not just my favorite Dickens novel; it is one of my all-time favorite books.

If you've never heard of this book or have read it before, don't hesitate to read it again or for the first time. It's a book that stays with you and is one of my favorites.

Reviewed by: The Page Turner


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