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3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  149,581 Ratings  ·  4,018 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, 912 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Penguin 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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Carlie
Apr 21, 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.
Th
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Saoirse Sterling
Read as part of the #InfiniteVariety2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

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 often
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Geoff
Jan 26, 2016 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
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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John
Mar 24, 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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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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Matthias
Feb 10, 2016 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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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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Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*


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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Laura
Sep 18, 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
Apr 27, 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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Lisette Brodey
Dec 02, 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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midnightfaerie
Dec 29, 2012 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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Carol
Jun 01, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
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.
Alex
Dec 16, 2015 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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Kim
Jun 04, 2014 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 23, 2014 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
Sara
Mar 30, 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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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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Ian Laird
I have a bookcase in my study, displaying some artefacts of my immediate ancestors and from my own childhood.

Arrayed neatly on the shelves are a few of my grandfather’s and father’s engineering texts (mechanical and electrical respectively) grandfather’s leather-cased measuring tape, dad’s slide rule, my mother's schoolgirl cartoon drawings, from the thirties. Plus my Biggles books and a hardback copy of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield.

I used to have such things in boxes, but my good lady wif
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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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Jasmine
"What is there to be said about earthquake and the dawn? He has created, especially in this book of 'David Copperfield', creatures who cling to us and tyrannize over us, creatures whom we would not forget if we could, creatures whom we could not forget if we would, creatures who are more actual than the man who made them. This is the excuse for all that indeterminate and rambling and sometimes sentimental criticism of which Dickens, more than any one else, is the vicitim, of which I fear that I ...more
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
4.5 stars.

Look, guys. You're either Dickens trash or you think Dickens IS trash. I'm 100% Dickens trash, and have been from the age of 10. And this is one of my favourites. Sure, it's long and meandering. Sure, it could be cut down by a couple of hundred pages and still retain much the same story. Sure, Dickens was paid by the word and it's obvious.

But this story is SO FREAKING FUNNY. And so feelsy. And so full of absolutely wonderful characters who leap off the page and who come back into Dav
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Ahmad Sharabiani
898. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
دیوید کاپرفیلد - چارلز دیکنز (امیرکبیر) ادبیات

مترجم: مسعود رجب نیا؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، 1342، در سه جلد، کتابهای پرستو، چاپ ششم، 1367 در 665 ص، چاپ امیرکبیر، 1384 ، در 1030 ص؛

مترجم: رضا همراه، انتشارات اشراقی، 1353

مترجم: محمدرضا جعفری؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، کتابهای طلایی 19، در 43 ص، مصور

مترجم: فرینوش ایرانبدی - خلاصه داستان؛ تلخیص: میشل وست؛ تهران، توسن، 1363، در 117 ص

مترجم: ثریا نظمی - خلاصه داستان؛ تهران، دادجو، 1365، در 160 ص

مترجم: علیرضا نعمتی؛ تهران، افشار،
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booklady
Dec 22, 2012 booklady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, 2001
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' ...more
Hannah
Nov 28, 2007 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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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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