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I love to ask people "What is your favorite novel of all time?" so of course they return the favor to ask me the same question. I always answer that I have two favorites: David Copperfield and Anna Karenina (Gone With the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird are next.) I love David Copperfield because it is funny, dramatic and a rolicking good story. If it were published today it would be a bestseller and less successful authors would be complaining that it is not literature. (Perhaps because it has a plot.) David Copperfield will destroy many of your preconceived notions about Dickens ie. that he is wordy, ponderous, dull and requires an academic attention span. Another notion is that Dickens characters are more "charicatures" than characters. (Movies and plays seldom bring out the heart of Dicken's stories.) This book is fun and the people in it are so real that they stay with you for life. For example, the Macawbers will remind almost everybody of people who live solely on credit cards. I've recommended this book to many people and they are all amazed that it is funny and hard to put down!
A Work of Masterpiece by the Master himself...
Charles Dickens is synonymous with literary masterpieces... And rereading this book again since high school has given me a new appreciation for this author's work. He brings us humanity at every angle... the goodness and evil, love and hate, life and death is displayed in his writing. It's about a young boy who overcomes being orphaned and child labor to become a man of his "own account" and finding true love. Although, even after all the trials and tribulations that he goes through, he still remains pure and consistent. The good in him, since a young boy, remains in him as an adult. David Copperfield is amazing. He brings us many memorable characters and even more memorable scenes. Who could forget Mr. Micawber, Miss Betsy Trotwood and Uriah Heep? And the scenes from his early childhood to all that takes place in the Yarmouth seashore is unforgettable. More like a memoir than a fiction, this pseudo autobiography must have been close to the author's heart. Dickens himself said in his later years that David Copperfield is his "favorite child".
What a wonderful book. I've cried and laughed, even though, I didn't think I would enjoy this book. I was thoroughly absorbed from the very beginning and couldn't put this book down. One of those books you should read once in your lifetime...if not twice.
What characters! What a story!
Oh, I loved it! I finished David Copperfield, finally, of but an hour ago. Oh, that is such a wonderful book! I hold Charles Dickens in a sort of reverence. He has the fascinating ability to spin a web of the most spendidly horrible (here, I refer to, the remarkably AWFUL Uriah HEEP) and the most splendidly excellent (here, I refer to, the exquisite and good-natured Agnes) characters, and then he completes his tale by adding the most unforgettable of ALL people, a main hero, such as David Copperfield. Never have I been so attached to a work of fiction, and I have read a lot. Oh, the things David so heroicly endured, turning him into a most superior man! I love the story! It's most powerful. It moved me to tears and sent me into fits of laughter so many times I can't count them on my hands. And I felt such rapturous joy when Agnes and David professed their love for each other that I could hardly contain myself, and here started to laugh and cry at the same time; and I felt such overwhelming sorrow over the death of Steerforth, for I rather liked the man, even thought he took Emily away; and I love Peggotty's character to death! She was such a glorious figure of devotion and heartfelt love for David; I felt he would not have survived Murdstone and other things were it not for her steadfastness and friendship (I dearly loved her button-poppings! I found them hilarious!). And the grand Agnes, how I worshipped her! She was so real, I can see her cordial eyes looking upon David with the love of a sister, the passion of a wife. It was the most admirable work, I am sure. Dickens made Uriah Heep come alive so vividly, I see him writhing about, with contortions like a caught fish. I see Traddle's hair sticking up on end like a porcupine's, I see Miss Mowcher waddling about, I see Steerforth, tall, dark, and handsome. Oh, how David did admire Steerforth in the beginning! How he did charm! For all the critics: yes, the book was sometimes boring, and at times it was dull. But can't you see the art in it? That all Dickens wanted you to do was enjoy it and fall in love with the characters? Yes, sometimes he got a little carried away but that's hardly the point. It was worth it, because I know I'll never forget a one of them. What more can I say? I want to read the book over and over again, never ending.