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David Copperfield

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  124,655 ratings  ·  3,399 reviews
'I really think I have done it ingeniously and with a very complicated interweaving of truth and fiction.' So wrote Dickens of David Copperfield (1850), the novel he called his 'favourite child'. Through his hero Dickens draws openly on his own life, as David Copperfield recalls his experiences from childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Rosa ...more
Paperback, 870 pages
Published August 1st 1962 by Signet Classics (first published 1850)
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Steve Sckenda
“First, I was destined to be unlucky in life; and secondly, I was privileged to see ghosts and spirits.” David Copperfield endures the catastrophes and finds the compensations. As a refugee from a weak mother, a wicked step father, and a cruel headmaster, David Copperfield journeys into purposeful friendship, love, and the life of a writer.

“David Copperfield” suggests that there are providential compensations for fatherless boys forced into a cruel world before they are ready. One compensation
mark monday

oh 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 im
mark monday
Status Report: Chapters 1 - 8

i 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 more f
Apr 21, 2008 Carlie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers, innocents, justice seekers, and those who are depressed
"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.
MJ Nicholls
Finished. Having a hard time spinning superlatives for this review. It is more 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 café 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 p ...more
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Top Ten Tips to Young Ladies of Marriageable Age by Charles Dickens

10. 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
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 more 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 character
Stefan Yates
Wow, I am pleasantly surprised!

I have to admit, when I saw that we were reading David Copperfield in class I was dreading it.However, I was pleased to discover how much I enjoyed it. I had always heard horror stories about how dry and boring Charles Dickens' novels were. Those reviews were very inaccurate to say the least.

Admittedly, there are times when the text seems to get a bit wordy and drag on a bit, but overall I thought that this was a very entertaining read. The novel is chock full of w
Karly *The Vampire Ninja*

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
Like many people, I never could get too interested in Dickens when it was assigned in junior high or high school. He always seemed like such a chore to read, with the garrulous style, the zillions of characters (all with weird names), and sheer length of a lot of the books.

Fortunately for me, I decided to give him another try, and now I'm madly in love with him. It's hard to say anything about him and his work that hasn't been said already, but as a friend of mine observed, it's startling how mo

An early bad experience put me off reading Charles Dickens: I had to read Great Expectations at school and it bored me senseless. A later, very positive experience of reading Bleak House made me feel much more kindly disposed towards Dickens' work. However, it didn't turn me into a major fan. Nor did reading A Tale of Two Cities a couple of years ago, even though I liked it well enough.

I suppose I could have put Dickens behind me and not read any more of his work, but David Copperfield was sitt
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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens was a superb story with an engaging cast of characters, and I think this might be Dickens greatest achievement yet. Although I read bits of it everyday, it took so very long to get through, I think, because there was so much to digest. Copperfield's flighty heart and good intentions fluctuated constantly. The mysteries surrounding Agnus's father, the slimy Uriah Heep, and the dashing Steerforth were ever present and t
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Before I start with my review proper I just have to let you know that I’d been avoiding David Copperfield ever since watching the tv movie sometime during my childhood. I couldn’t remember the details but the feeling of sadness and abandonment that I associated with David lingered and I didn’t need any more of that in my life so there it went into the ‘to avoid-David who-no more orphan stories’ mental pile.

Then in June of this year, I felt something in me reaching o
Lisette Brodey
On a scale of one to five stars, I anoint “David Copperfield” with six.

Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield” is the author’s favorite book. He says “I am a fond parent to every child of my fancy, and that no one can ever love that family as dearly as I love them. But, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.”

“David Copperfield,” which was published in 1850 (Dickens began publishing stories in 1833), is the book that most mirrors h
What did I think of this book.....hmmm.

I don't rightly know to tell the truth. I listened to about half of the book and upon realizing I still had as much to slog through as I already had, I gave up. I really tried to follow it. I was doing really well, but then I realized at some point that I didn't know what was happening. But this, I decided was okay because nothing was all.

But I kept going for awhile. I would hear a character's name that I found mildly interesting and would
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
Oh, how I love Charles Dickens’ writing; what a genius! There is no doubt why David Copperfield is a classic. Every thought is so clever, serene, and humorous. I was transported into another place and time and felt a warmth and comfort like sinking deep into a down-filled bed every time I picked up this book to read a chapter or two. You talk about escapism -- this was it for me completely. Charles Dickens has entertained with his many stories for centuries and will continue for many more to com ...more
I first got the idea about reading Dickens aloud from watching the movie Gone With the Wind . (They were even reading this book!) To me as a young bookgirl (at the time) it seemed like such fun, I kept wishing we didn't have TV at home and we'd sit around and read aloud in the evenings. It didn't happen in the home I grew up in, but my husband and I made it happen (for a while at least) in our own home. David Copperfield, like most of Dickens’ works is at its best when read aloud. I think that's ...more
Jennifer (aka EM)
Dickens has mommy issues.

Started strong, and I *loved* Aunt Betsey (and Mr. Dick, and Tommy Traddles, and in fact didn't mind David Copperfield himself), but the (many) endings, and the really mixed bag of female characters who ranged from selfish and stupid, to criminally manipulative, to imbecilic ruined it for me.

By the end, too many scenes felt like digressions rather than closure, and defied plausibility (e.g., the prison scene with Heep & Littimer; the (view spoiler)
Peter Batchelor narrates my audiobook! There are at least ten or twelve characters that return over and over again. He narrates each of them with a different voice so you can hear who is speaking. However in places the recording isn't the best; here the words were difficult to decipher.

Dickens is disappointing AGAIN. I have recently tried Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. I will give this a fair try, all through to the end, but I believe it will be my last Dickens.

Everyone gushes over
Nov 28, 2007 Hannah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
A story that includes an orphan boy, rags to riches, trials, tribulations, and adventures: it seems to scream standardization and uniformity. Do we really need to hear about another destitute orphan who, through self-discovery and hardships, creates a better life for himself? I say we do, should, or must if his name is David Copperfield. Tom Sawyer, Anne Shirley, Mowgli, Pollyanna, Peter Pan, Jane Eyre, Becky Sharp, and even (or especially) Harry Potter: please step aside. You simply can’t compe ...more
Marco Tamborrino
Non sprecherò più che poche parole per questo libro. È semplicemente il più bello che abbia mai letto. Non so se avrò mai il coraggio di rileggerlo, ma sono sicuro che da oggi in avanti mi rimarrà nel cuore in maniera indelebile, perché dire che è meraviglioso equivale ad insultarlo. Ora capisco Dickens, che tra tutte le sue opere, quella per cui provava più amore nel profondo del suo cuore, era David Copperfield.
Chiara Pagliochini
« Lunghe miglia di strada s’aprivano allora davanti al mio pensiero e, avanzando a fatica, vedevo un ragazzo stremato e cencioso, derelitto da tutti, che sarebbe giunto a chiamar suo il cuore che ora batteva contro il mio »

Se n’è fatta di strada insieme, David e io. Lunghe miglia di mesi, lunghe miglia di affanni trascorsi insieme, a volte parlando, a volte in silenzio, come viaggiatori abituati alla compagnia reciproca, che il silenzio più non spaventa. Giunti alla fine di questo viaggio, resta
People enjoy knocking Dickens, but fuck them: When someone complained that Dickens wrote what the people wanted, Lionel Trilling (I believe) responded: "Dickens didn't write what the people wanted. Dickens wanted what the people wanted."

I love the books of his that I've read, and though there may be more artistry in, say, Great Expectations, Copperfield is still the sentimental favorite. (It's that "sentimental" tag that gets people down.)

As part of my holiday reading, I engaged in a sudden, spontaneous marathon of Charles Dickens' fictional works, tackling Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby within the space of several days. I believe I have discovered that man was not made to read Dickens within such a time-frame, for my mind has been blown open by literature as a result.

The story of David Copperfield is the best of Dickens storytelling style. It follows a young boy as he grows up surrounded by poverty and mi

More of a 3.5-stars read. Wow, was it so satisfying to turn the back flap shut! David Copperfield was rather pleasant and enjoyable reading, with so much subtle wit and memorable characters, but it truly began to drone on and on and on and ON for me towards the last quarter. I have heard reviewers saying that Great Expectations, written later, was a better written and more concise version of David Copperfield, having several similar themes, and I definitely agree. I wou
Moira Russell
It was SUCH a monumental struggle to get through this book. I think I read the first third of it about five times. And the first third has such great writing - Peggoty! Barkis! Little Em'ly! The horrible Murdstones! The terrible school! And every time we got around to Uriah Heep and Agnes, it was like my frontal lobes were injected with Novocaine. I did finish it finally but didn't at all enjoy it. And let us pass over the unspeakable Dora sections in silence.
Embarrassing to admit, but this is my first foray into Dickens that isn't through movies. A little sentimental and kind of silly at times to modern sensibilities but still very readable and enjoyable. In my imaginary world where Leonard Cohen will one day make an album with Nico, I want to see Dickens and Thomas Pynchon pair up in a battle of character names.
Hugo Emanuel
Á exceção de duas curtas histórias de fantasmas e de um sem número de adaptações cinematográficas e de animação de “Oliver Twist” e de “Um Conto de Natal”, não estava familiarizado com o trabalho de Dickens, apesar de já há muito tencionar ler uma das suas maiores obras. Dickens parece dividir um pouco os leitores: se é verdade que a maioria destes parece apreciar imenso o seu trabalho, o autor também tem a sua quantidade de detratores. Confesso que ao terminar a leitura de “David Copperfield” e ...more
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A prolific 19th Century author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction and non-fiction; during his lifetime Dickens became known the world over for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose in the telling of their lives, and his depictions of the social classes, morals and values of his times. Some considered him the spokesman for the poor, for he definitely brought much awarenes ...more
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