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David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivol ...more
Paperback, 716 pages
Published February 24th 2007 by Penguin Popular 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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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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Dolors
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely everybody with no exception!
Recommended to Dolors by: A wise friend
“This narrative is my written memory”, declares David Copperfield in the last section of this elephantine novel, a sentence that strongly implies an autobiographical imprint of the author in the making of his famous middle-class hero. But is that aspect what I most value of this work?
Far from it.
This thick volume is quite an ambitious journey: partly a comic story, which often verges on a tale for children, and partly a picaresque book tinged with distinctive dramatic intention that fluctuates
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Violet wells
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Call it an act of heresy but I’m abandoning this. I’ve got to page 600 which means I’ve only another 150 pages to go but I’ve completely lost interest. The characters are too one dimensional and you can see the plot coming as if it’s daubed in road marking paint. I’ve read all of Dickens’ novels except the early ones and mostly loved them except for Tale of two Cities and the reason I’d never read this was I believed, mistakenly, it was another early one. However it reads like an early one, so I ...more
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 17, 2008 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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Geoff
Sep 27, 2012 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
Matthias
Sep 16, 2014 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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Ahmad Sharabiani
898. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens. The novel's full title is The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account). It was first published as a serial in 1849–50, and as a book in 1850. Many elements of the novel follow events in Dickens's own life, and it is often considered as his veiled autobiography. It was Dickens' fa
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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
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John
Mar 19, 2009 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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Megan Baxter
Jul 05, 2011 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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Mohammad Sadegh Rafizadeh
ادبیات فقط کلاسیک

دیوید کاپرفیلد: هرچند از خواندن این کتاب 8 تا 10 سال می گذره ولی همچنان تحت تاثیر داستان سرشار از زندگی اونم، این کتاب مثل یک داروی انرژی زا یا کتابی برای موفقیت هست، چنان شما رو از اعماق تنهایی و ناامیدی به قله شور و هیجان و امیدواری میرسونه که کاری جز تلاش و موفقیت در زندگی نمی تونید انجام بدید.
نه کسی یکدفعه عاشق میشه نه کسی یکدفعه متحول. چنان همه چیز واقعیست که اصلا فراموش می کنید، خواننده کتاب هستید.
چنان در کتاب غرق می شوید که گویا از بودن در زمان حال احساس غربت و تنهایی می
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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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Perry
Jan 10, 2013 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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Teresa
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reread this so I could join a friend who was reading Dickens for the first time (she thinks).

Page 424 in my copy is the perfect mixture of what Dickens achieves throughout the whole novel. I noted three instances of chuckle-out-loud humor on that one page alone — David's desire to pitch Uriah over the banister; the character he has dubbed Hamlet’s aunt as having “the family failing of indulging in soliloquy”; and the talk of Blood at a particular dinner table causing him to liken the snobby di
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Mansuriah Hassan
Aug 02, 2016 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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Michael
A thoroughly charming and uplifting tale of an orphan who grew up through much hardship and travail in Victorian England. By pluck and good luck he finds the right people to support and inspire him, and to love and to protect in turn, and thereby approach his ambition to become “the hero of his own life.” It’s long, but it fulfills the quota for books you don’t mind lingering with, where each chapter in my Libravox audiobook version whetted my interest for the next. In the serialized version Dic ...more
Carlos
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child, and his name is David Copperfield" - Charles Dickens.
As a HUGE fan of Sir Charles Dickens, I can't say this is a normal book. 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
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Paula W
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this at the same time I read Ready Player One and A Game of Thrones. Those are super exciting, grab your hair and run around, can't put the book down adventure stories.

*whispers* This was better.

It was a slow read for me. Nothing super exciting happens. There are no cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. But it was GOOD.

Dickens outdid himself here. Probably my second favorite of his, behind Bleak House but ahead of Great Expectations. And the last one I still rated 5 stars.
Carol
Oct 10, 2013 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.
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
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
Alex
Sep 06, 2013 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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Jan-Maat
Apparently Dickens' favourite amongst his own novels.

There is a lot that is interesting here - characters stuck in viscous circles unable to escape the circumstances of their own lives contrasted with Copperfield who manages to escape - not unusually in Dickens - due to the agency of someone else.

Micawber and family are also eventually able to escape the circuit of their own lives but only by emigrating to Australia, whatever the question the colonies hold the answer (view spoiler)
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Laura
Aug 19, 2009 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 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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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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