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This book includes an introduction and notes by Dr Adrienne Gavin, Canterbury Christ Church University College and Illustrations by Hablot K Browne (Phiz). Dickens wrote of David Copperfield: "Of all my books I like this the best". Millions of readers in almost every language on earth have subsequently come to share the author's own enthusiasm for this greatly loved classi ...more
Paperback, 750 pages
Published 2000 by Wordsworth Classics (first published 1849)
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mark monday
DAVID COPPERFIELD: MASTER VILLAIN

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
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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
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Jo Woolfardis
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 o
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Carlie
Apr 17, 2008 Carlie rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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Geoff
Sep 27, 2012 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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? ...more
Lisa
Bravo, Dickens! I have to say, 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 humor, but then I was hooked. This will be the Christmas vacation my family remembers as the one when I was in a rage against Uriah Heep!
Just following the paths of the characters, walking throug
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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
Megan Baxter
Jul 05, 2011 Megan Baxter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matthias
Sep 16, 2014 Matthias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, my-reviews
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
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John
Mar 19, 2009 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ownebook, to-reread
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
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Pollopicu
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Roy Lotz
“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 thi
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Whitaker
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
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Mansuriah Hassan
Aug 02, 2016 Mansuriah Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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 more meaningful I feel.

The story tr
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Perry
Jan 10, 2013 Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Umble we are, umble we have been, umble we shall ever be...
My 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
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*


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 i
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Eirini
Aug 07, 2016 Eirini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Η πρώτη μου γνωριμία με τον κύριο Copperfield έγινε στο μάθημα των αγγλικών με ένα μικρούλι τόσο δα βιβλιαράκι που ήταν η αιτία να ψάξω να το βρω αργότερα στα ελληνικά, διασκευασμένο και πάλι απο μια σειρά εφηβικής λογοτεχνίας αφού έτσι κι αλλιώς δεν υπάρχει πλήρης έκδοση στη γλώσσα μας.Έγινε ένα απο τα πιο αγαπημένα μου βιβλία και το είχα διαβάσει αρκετές φορές.Εδώ και καιρό μου είχε κολλήσει να το διαβάσω ολόκληρο στα αγγλικά αλλά το φοβόμουν επειδή είναι τεράστιο!Χαίρομαι πάρα πολύ που το πήρ ...more
Laura
Aug 19, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alex
Sep 06, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, rth-lifetime
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
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midnightfaerie
Oct 10, 2011 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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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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Lisette Brodey
Nov 07, 2010 Lisette Brodey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
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Sara
Mar 24, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is in my top 10 books.

I wish that I could form a more articulate review of this book but I think that it has to rattle around in my brain for a few months first. I approached David Copperfield with trepidation. I was concerned that it would be too sad and too much like Great Expectations which I hated in high school. Because I love A Tale of Two Cities, however, I gave it a chance when it suggested itself to me again and again in the last year.

David is the hero of his own story but not wi
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Carol
Oct 10, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-challenge
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.
Kim
Sep 07, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

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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Martha
Dec 19, 2011 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Darwin8u
“I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything”
― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

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'David Copperfield' contains more saints per capita than any beatified book by Butler. Dickens is amazing in his ability to be both grand and personal. David Copperfield is sprawling, with dozens of threads that weave around David Copperfield's youth and adulthood. IT is amazing not only how he can transform a character through time, but also show that our pe
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Tweedledum
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Stephanie
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 happening....at all.

But I kept going for awhile. I would hear a character's name that I found mildly interesting and would
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Wreade1872
So that was fun... eventually.. sortof. What was the population of england circa 1850? Based on the number of times people randomly crossed paths in this book i'm guessing it couldn't have been higher than 200 :P .
The first quarter of the story is like a watered down version of Wuthering Heights. In fact the whole book feels a bit watered down. There's a constant darkness lurking about but dickens never commits to it which makes it feel like he's playing safe.
On the other hand whenever one of
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Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and sho ...more
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