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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 brilliant but ultimately unworthy school friend James Steerforth; his formidable aunt Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous enchanting Dora Spenlow; and the magnificently impecunious Wilkins Micawber one of literature's great comic creations In David Copperfield the novel he described as his 'favourite child' Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of the most exuberant and enduringly popular works filled with tragedy and comedy in eual measure This edition uses the text of the first volume publication of 1850 and includes updated suggestions for further reading original illustrations by 'Phiz' a revised chronology and expanded notes In his new introduction Jeremy Tambling discusses the novel's autobiographical elements and its central themes of memory and identity


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    DAVID COPPERFIELD MASTER VILLAINoh you architect of doomyour devious passivity and willful naivete know no boundariesyour crimes are manyyour poor doting mother hustled off to an early grave and you do nothingyou repay the Murdstones' attempts at improvement with intransigence and a savage biteyou return Mr Creakle's guiding hand with laziness and scornyou do nothing as your idol Steerforth humiliates Mr Mellyou run from honest work in a factory you must be too good for thatyou impose upon your poor dear aunt Betsy Trotwoodyou immediately discount poor umble Uriah Heep how dare you condescend to himyou say nothing as Rosa Dartle defames good honest people over dinneryou introduce that atrocious snake Steerforth to those good honest peopleyou terrorize your poor landladyyour drunken shenanigans with Steerforth are revolting good Agnes was no doubt secretly appalledyou caution Traddles to avoid generosity with Micawber mind your own business Iagoyou stalk your boss's daughter only Jip recognizes your villainyyou entangle poor Julia Mills in your schemingyou attempt to extract money from your workplace but fortunately Mr Spenlow and his partner are wise to your gambitsyou continue to stalk poor innocent Dora even after her father's untimely death and no doubt your villainy was the cause of thatyou bind Dora to you the poor doomed natural you set the servants against her you make her hold your pens you tyrantyou help Uriah Heep cause a good Doctor much stress you cast aspersions on that Doctor's own wife her cousin their marriageyou strike the poor umble Uriah Heep across the face a resounding blowyou monster berating and improving Dora to an early grave the poor natural the innocent child wife even Jip dies at your feetyou humiliate and drive away the poor umble Uriah Heepyou allow poor honest Ham to plunge into the sea to his deathyou fail to save your friend Steerforth from his own watery death you allow Rosa Dartle to heap abuse upon his grieving motheryou laughingly exile two families to criminal Australiayou secretly gloat and sneer while witnessing the very proper Mr Lattimer and poor umble Uriah Heep behind barsyour most dastardly deed stringing along the good Agnes for decades and finally you bind her to you in a long game marriage plot i fear for her safetyoh Diabolic Doadyoh you monstrous villain David Copperfield


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    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003Charles Dickens can do no wrong except perhaps keep around 100 pages of rather irrelevant tangents in this bookIt 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 have my doubts on first person narrative but Dickens is one of the few who can do it so well without losing many of the great advantages of reading with an omnipotent narrator David Copperfield is unreliable in many fields mostly his blind spot for falling in love but he is in tune with his surroundings and can express what he feels other characters around him are feeling so suitably that it matters not that we are seeing the world through his young eyes onlyThe world was fantastic I am always immediately transported to these places when I read 19th Century fiction and this was no exception The strife of the poor and the decadence of the indifferent rich is interwoven here like smoke billowing in to pure oxygen There were so many nooks and crannies to be explored that it took me a while to get through this nigh on 900 page book but it was worth itAside from one or two tangents which meant the story line stalled ever so slightly it flowed magnificently and I don't remember laughing so much at a book that wasn't a straight humour novel Dickens has a way of writing with such endearment about his characters and society but also tearing them apart at the same time It was a beautiful ride through the English countryside and a nice run through the heavy streets of London and I don't think Thackeray was wrong when he said Bravo DickensBlog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy


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    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' favourite among his own novels In the preface to the 1867 edition Dickens wrote like many fond parents I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child And his name is David CopperfieldThe story follows the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity David was born in Blunderstone Suffolk England six months after the death of his father David spends his early years in relative happiness with his loving childish mother and their kindly housekeeper Clara Peggotty They call him Davy When he is seven years old his mother marries Edward Murdstone To get him out of the way David is sent to lodge with Peggotty's family in Yarmouth Her brother fisherman Mr Peggotty lives in a beached barge with his adopted relatives Emily and Ham and an elderly widow Mrs Gummidge Little Em'ly is somewhat spoiled by her fond foster father and David is in love with her They call him Master CopperfieldOn his return David is given good reason to dislike his stepfather who believes exclusively in firmness and has similar feelings for Murdstone's sister Jane who moves into the house soon afterwards Between them they tyrannize his poor mother making her and David's lives miserable and when in conseuence David falls behind in his studies Murdstone attempts to thrash him – partly to further pain his mother David bites him and soon afterwards is sent away to Salem House a boarding school under a ruthless headmaster named Mr Creakle There he befriends an older boy James Steerforth and Tommy Traddles He develops an impassioned admiration for Steerforth perceiving him as someone noble who could do great things if he would and one who pays attention to him عنوانها «دیوید کاپرفیلد»؛ «سرگذشت دیوید کاپرفیلد»؛ «داوید کاپرفیلد»؛ نویسنده چارلز دیکنز؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز نخست ماه نوامبر سال 1971میلادی مترجم مسعود رجب نیا؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، 1342، در سه جلد، کتابهای پرستو، چاپ ششم، 1367 در 665ص، چاپ امیرکبیر، 1384 ، در 1030ص؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی سده 19ممترجم رضا همراه، انتشارات اشراقی، 1353؛مترجم محمدرضا جعفری؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، کتابهای طلایی 19، در 43ص، مصور؛مترجم فرینوش ایرانبدی خلاصه داستان؛ تلخیص میشل وست؛ تهران، توسن، 1363، در 117صمترجم ثریا نظمی خلاصه داستان؛ تهران، دادجو، 1365، در 160صمترجم علیرضا نعمتی؛ تهران، افشار، 1365، در 175صمترجم خسرو شایسته؛ تهران، سپیده، 1369، در 174صمترجم احمد پناهی خراسانی؛ مشهد، بنگاه کتاب، 1369، در 150صمترجم امیر صادقی؛ تهران، ارغوان، 1372، در 144صمترجم فریده نونهال؛ تهران، جانزاده، 1375، در 120صمترجم ناصر ایراندوست؛ تهران، اردیبهشت، 1377، در 159صمترجم علی فاطمیان؛ تهران، وزارت ارشاد نشر چشم انداز، 1379، در 236صمترجم مهدی سحابی؛ تهران، کتاب مریم، مرکز، چاپ چهارم برای نوجوانان 1385، در 120صمترجم مهسا یزدانی؛ تهران، بهجت، 1388، بدون شماره صمترجم محسن سلیمانی متن کوتاه شده؛ تهران، افق، 1388، در 679صمترجم امیر باهور؛ تهران، امیرکبیر کتابهای جیبی، 1389، در 211صمترجم مریم سلحشور؛ قم، رخ مهتاب، 1391، در 242صمترجم حسن زمانی تلخیص؛ تهران، همشهری، 1391، در 118صمترجم لیلا سبحانی؛ تهران، ثالث، 1392، در 208صمترجم آرمین هدایتی؛ تهران، پارسه، 1393، در 243صمترجم نعیمه ظاهری؛ قزوین، سایه گستر، 1393، مصور در 48صهمین کتاب با عنوانهای «سرگذشت دیوید کاپرفیلد» و «داوید کاپرفیلد» نیز چاپ شده استدیوید کاپرفیلد، نام رمانی نوشتهٔ «چارلز دیکنز»، نویسندهٔ انگلیسی، و نیز نام شخصیت اصلی همین داستان است؛ این کتاب برای نخستین بار در سال 1850میلادی منتشر شد؛ «دیکنز» این کتاب را از سایر کتابهای خود برتر می‌دانستند، شاید از اینروی که رخدادهای هیجان‌انگیز، و بسیاری از عناصر داستان، برگرفته از رخدادهای زندگی خود ایشان بوده است، و می‌توان گفت «بیش از دیگر رمانهایش، قالب اتوبیوگرافی دارد»؛ شخصیت اصلی این داستان، «دیوید کاپرفیلد»، کودک مورد علاقه ی خود «دیکنز» نیز می‌باشد؛ «دیوید کاپرفیلد» به دوران پختگی، و کمال هنری «دیکنز» تعلق دارد؛ حجم انتقاد صریح اجتماعی، در این رمان کمتر از نوشته‌ های دیگر ایشان است؛ در این داستان، توجه نویسنده، بیشتر به ماجراهای خانگی، و روحانی است، تا بیدادهای اجتماعی؛ هرچند، با توجه به زندگی خود نویسنده، همچنان در این رمان، به مسائل روانشناختی، از دید اجتماعی، آشکارا توجه شده است؛ خفت‌های شخصیت «پیپ»، در این رمان، فرازجویی‌هایش، بزرگ منشی‌های به خود بسته‌ اش، و نیز ترقی و تنزلش، همه، نمادهای اجتماعی قابل شناخت‌، هستند؛طرح کلی داستان در داستان «دیوید» اول شخص است؛ در فصلهای نخست، «دیوید» را، همراه مادر جوانش می‌بینیم، مادری معبود «دیوید»، که آفریده ای است شیرین، و نازنین، اما ضعیف، و سبک مغز؛ «پگاتی»، که موجودی عجیب و غریب، و رفتارش تند و خشن، ولی دلش سرشار از مهر، و عطوفت است نیز، در کنار آنان است؛ رشتهٔ این زندگی آمیخته به عشق و محبت، با ازدواج بیوه ی جوان، با آقای «موردستون» مردی سنگدل، که در پس نقاب متانت مردانه پنهان شده، گسسته میشود؛ این مرد، به تحریک خواهرش، سرانجام باعث مرگ پیشرس همسر جوان و ساده دل خود میشود؛ «دیکنز»، تأثرات این کودک را، که نمی‌تواند با محیط تازه سازگار شود، و در لاک خود فرو میرود، استادانه شرح داده‌ است؛ ناپدری، کودک عاصی را، به مدرسه میفرستد، تا بدرفتاریهای آقای «کریکل ظالم» را تحمل کند؛ وی در مدرسه، نسبت به یکی از رفیقان خود، به نام «استیرفورث»، حس ستایش بی‌حدی پیدا میکند؛ او جوانکی است فریبنده، که بعداً باعث سرخوردگی دوستش میشود، و کودک با «ترادلز» مهربان، و خوش‌بین، که با کشیدن اسکلت، وقت میگذراند، صمیمی می‌شود؛ ناپدری «دیوید»، پس از آن، او را به کارهایی پست، در فروشگاه «موردستون و گرینبی»، در «لندن» محکوم میسازد؛ وی در آن ایام، در نهایت رنج و محنت، به سر میبرد، و این خود، بارتاب روزهایی است، که «دیکنز» در کودکی، در کارگاه کفش گذرانده بود؛ خوشبختانه، دوستی با آقای «میکابر» و خانواده اش، جان تازه ای به او میبخشد؛ آقای «میکابر» یکی از آفریده های فناناپذیر «دیکنز» است؛ و ؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 09061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


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    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 wasn’t completely mistaken By which I mean it’s lathered with sentimentality It was Dickens’ favourite of his novels which I find odd and doesn’t say much for his critical faculties but explains to me why he never uite excised the sentimental strain in his writing he simply couldn’t see it Because the sentimentality is like a sickly sweet smell on virtually every page of this novel Perhaps because of its autobiographical nature he enjoyed writing this a bit too much When an author gets carried away with the delights of his own story perhaps the inner editor goes into abeyance It doesn’t begin well David as a character reminded me of the AI in Stephen Spielberg’s film of the same name except unlike the AI his programming as irreproachable child never falters We’re presented with a moral universe of absolutes There’s no nuance Mr and Miss Murdstone are pantomime baddies as lacking in subtlety as their name suggests; Peggoty his nurse is a paragon of virtue David as child isn’t any kind of child I recognise He’s never mischievous or unruly Cruelty has no meaningful effect on his character He’s never capable of irrational response – good people after all can still be highly irritating and bad people fascinating and especially authoritative But only good people have authority for David which basically means he will never develop much as a character which he doesn’t David is a neutered foolproof moral touchstone The novel throughout has a pantomime binary moral system A character with one or two exceptions is either wholly good or wholly bad So the first 100 pages were a bit of a struggle for me I found Peggoty and the evil Murdstones tiresomely predictable It was therefore a massive relief when the morally ambiguous Steerforth arrives on the scene Finally we sense David might evolve from a potted plastic flower into one rooted in soil and subject to weather Finally we see his moral judgements are subject to error Finally we see the possibility of him being influenced by something other than unadulterated virtue Unfortunately though Dickens soon repeats the early template of moral absolutes with a new set of characters And Steerforth the only character capable of messing with David’s programmed predictability vanishes from the novel There’s no character development in this novel Even as an adult David still seems like a ten year old No surprise then that he falls in love with a female counterpart – an adult ten year old female Before reading this I would have nominated Dorothea and Casaubon in Middlemarch if someone had asked me which couple in the history of literature I found it most difficult to imagine having sex together However David and Dora now get that award In fact sex like everything else that happens to him has no notable effect on his character The moral light in this novel is glaring; it hurts the eyes No surprise then that the unpredictable dark charge of sex is hostile to its regulated lighting system and so ignored Of course it’s not all bad The sentence writing is consistently brilliant And as ever Dickens creates his characters with the startled wide eyed wonder of a child – always they have an almost hallucinated detailed vividness that larger than life uality a single oddball defining trait with which we tend to see grownups as children We magnify one detail which comes to represent the person in uestion It was probably his most inspired feature his ability to see the world through the eyes of a child but narrate his findings with the elouence of an adult Dickens has never been a great psychologist; he doesn’t have much to say about the inner life; his terrain is generally surfaces The surface of this novel reminded me of a gaudy birthday card with embossed pink hearts and ribbons splashed all over it For me Dickens is the master purveyor of the novel as light entertainment But this was soap opera than novel


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    “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 itThis thick volume is uite an ambitious journey partly a comic story which often verges on a tale for children and partly a picaresue book tinged with distinctive dramatic intention that fluctuates in the cyclical calamities and climaxes that sway a long list of memorable characters back and forth in the tide of Dickens’ fluent storytelling Marriage friendship betrayal the multifarious forms of parenthood and the eternal battle between good and evil are the axes around which the personal growth of naive almost seraphic like David will revolve As I followed David from boyhood to adulthood and all the tragedies and unexpected gifts life throws on his way I started to wonder about his real role in the story Is David the “real protagonist”? Or is he a mere bystander a passive witness that chronicles events unfolding around him without taking action in them? Maybe the real protagonists are the motley array of characters so rich in description and recognizable for the repetitive idiomatic expressions that identify their eccentricities and foibles that make them uniueirreplaceable Peggotty’s mother’s love in spite of her being childless Uriah Heep’s humble meanness Mr Micawer’s bountiful utterances the always willin’ Barkis Mr Dick’s innocent intelligence Mrs Gummidge’s repetitive lament “I’m a lone lorn creetur and everything goes contrairy with me” Dora’s childish capriciousness Agnes’ patient wisdom Mr Peggotty’s huge heartThis extended cast of characters paints the canvas of intricate humanity on David’s uiet countenance transfiguring him into a mirror that reflects the reader’s own nature staring back in his eye with all his vices and virtues glowing with renewed light David doesn’t move forward the pace of the narrative he is the moving point on which everything else; plot characters essence; convergesBut for this particular reader David Copperfield goes beyond the realm of literary fiction; he has won a permanent place in my personal journey towards wholeness He is a role model to look up to His observant glance bespeaks of obstinate compassion and blind blindness is not always bad faith in mankind of the virtuous circle of goodwill and good intention of the power of positive attitude in front of adversityThere is not an ounce of cheap sentimentalism in the numerous pages of this epic tale but one will find an overdose of tenderness and smart humor that shine with intelligence and soul that dares to approach life and its archetypical structures from other perspectives that embraces those who are different as dear life The concept of family has drastically expanded and reached a superior level for me Family is now an unknown “valley with the evening sun shining on the remote heights of snow that close it in like eternal clouds” an open door that welcomes the future wherever it might lead me


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    David Copperfield is a story about growing upIt is a story about understanding people; it is a story about understanding that our perceptions of people do not always match the reality of that person We can idealise them We can believe in them We can love them But that does not necessarily mean they are what we believe them to be or what we want them to beIn classic Dickensian fashion this is not a happy story; it is one full of hardship and harsh realisations but it is also one of growth it is one about the potential of becoming a better and stronger person despite the inherent pain that comes with this thing called life We can learn from it It is a great story one full of memorable and interesting characters Some are awkwardly eccentric and some plain villainous Here the marvel of Dickens shines through because he can capture people so incredibly well he is the master of description The way he writes brings all the uirks and individualism of his characters to life There are few writers who can do this so well and with such a vast multitude of subjects Each character is uniue because the observation skills of his narrators scrutinise and report in such a detailed manner I became uite invested in David’s life I cared about David I wanted to see the world do him right after his unfortunate early experiences And the conclusion was everything the story needed to be But for me that is where it all ends I do not have anything else positive to say because David Copperfield did not make me think nor did it make me consider anything else beyond the plot level It gave me everything and it left me nothing to chew over Let me try to explain myself a little better To compare this to Great Expectations a sweeping story of love and tragedy it is totally vanilla That book is intriguing and mysterious There is an element of the unknown There are shadows that linger over the writing and it is a story that remains with me many years after reading it It is that powerful With David Copperfield though I feel like I could uite easily and happily forget most of what happened here It is a story I enjoyed but that is all so three stars seems about right here Tepid is the word that comes to mind when I think about David CopperfieldYou can connect with me on social media via My Linktree


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    “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”Warning Following is somewhat of a “non review” I don’t have the stamina to write properly about this one at this time There are plenty of other splendid erudite assessments on this site if you are so inclined and which I highly recommendAs a teen I came across a box of old books in my parent’s basement This was very intriguing to me as neither of my parents could be called avid readers by any means To my delight the box contained several very old volumes of Dickens novels It turns out these were passed on from my grandfather who as far as I know never picked up a book for pleasure in his life It was a mystery of sorts as to where these books originated in the first place I thought perhaps after all I had an ancestor that treasured books as I do In any case David Copperfield was among those volumes It was too irresistible to pass up the chance to read a book that maybe a great grandfather or great grandmother had at one time held lovingly in his or her hands I liked to imagine such a thing while reading it at that time I always felt a little alone in my reading endeavors and this gave me a wee bit of comfortAs to the book itself the most vivid memories are of my experience finding it rather than actually reading it I recalled it was long much longer than anything I would ever have picked up at that age I also remember there being a profusion of characters Whether I liked it or not I have no idea thus when the opportunity to read it once again presented itself to me I jumped on it I left the old volume behind when I moved out of my childhood home so this time I decided to listen to the audio version Not just any audio would do however – the Richard Armitage narration There is no voice other than those of my children that gives me greater pleasure to listen to than his divine tongue Have you ever listened to him? No? Please do His performances are excellent and he does a range of voices that would please thrill and amuse any listener “Mature affection homage devotion does not easily express itself Its voice is low It is modest and retiring it lies in ambush waits and waits Such is the mature fruit Sometimes a life glides away and finds it still ripening in the shade”To be clear not only did I admire Richard Armitage’s dramatic accomplishments I rather adored David Copperfield as well This book is semi autobiographical in nature so one can see a bit of Dickens in young Copperfield The reader follows little David from birth through adulthood and you can’t help but champion him throughout You’ll pity the unfortunate lad and want to protect him from the likes of the Murdstones Your heart will break with his misfortunes as he goes forth alone in the world at far too young an age You’ll cross your fingers and your hopes will rise as he tramps to the doorstep of Betsey Trotwood You’ll delight in his young loves always so tender and reminiscent of those of your own perhaps He makes mistakes sometimes misplaces loyalties and continues to grow as a result Certainly Uriah Heep will make you recoil as he writhes and contorts and places his clammy hand in David’s palm Like any Dicken’s novel a spectacular array of characters will spring from the pages Dickens doesn’t let you forget a single person His vivid depictions will keep them in the forefront of your mind to be uickly retrieved when you meet them once again in later pages I can’t think of any other writer who does this uite so masterfully Some may argue they are just caricatures and that is perhaps true for some But there are others like David who are not merely cut outs but like living beings who develop and mature There are depths to be explored within them What I loved most about David Copperfield is the message that families can be made up of a myriad of individuals These are not necessarily blood relatives but persons that come into your life and take on the roles of mother father sister brother and so forth They do so with an abundance of protection and devotion that will make your spirit soar and once again restore your faith in the decency of some human beings “I hope that simple love and truth will be strong in the end I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world”


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    Status Report Chapters 1 8i 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 eualled by his even famous skill at sketching the characters often but not always caricatures that live and breathe in his world this is the kind of deep dish experience that i love to have when traveling on a plane or a bus or in some plaza a second world to live in while taking a break in exploring the immediate world around mei can't help but also remember how many people dislike Dickens i'm remembering an ex who told me he was her least favorite author and how her resentment at being forced to read him in high school almost put her off reading for pleasure in general it is hard to reconcile such a strong distaste for Dickens with my own easy enjoyment of his novels my automatic reaction is that the reader who isn't enchanted by him either dislikes the style of writing or is simply the sort of idiot who should stick to reading facebook well i don't date idiots so i assume her reaction is based around the writing style maybe that is the basic rationale for most folks who don't care for himor maybe it is based on something else there is something that i've found to be off putting about David Copperfield at least so far namely the incredibly passive and naive behavior of David himself and his mother of course it's than just my automatic distaste for reading about victims although that is certainly a part of it what it feels like at times is that Dickens is stacking the deck a bit making miserable situations even potentially miserable by having his protagonist and that wretched mother of course be almost developmentally disabled in his inability to understand even basic things about the world around him it sorta drives me up the wallwell that complaint aside this has still been an awesome time first and foremost even than the world building and juicy characters i love the dry and sardonic humor that is constantly working double time not only does it create some distance between reader and book in regards to the various horrors visited upon young David it is fookin' hilariousfavorite parts so far that brilliant opening chapter I Am Born the Peggotty boat house and the warmth of that wonderful family i would like to live there Steerforth ugh what a charming monster the sadly minor note tragedy of Mr Mell☂Status Report Chapters 9 26i think i was expecting a bit evil from the Murdstones the way they treat David is certainly unkind verging on cruel but i suppose i thought it would be a lot brutal this is not a complaint if anything i appreciate that Dickens makes David's predicament a much realistic one the Murdstones are cold cold people and they certainly drive David's tedious mother to an early grave i shed no tears on that one but i was surprised that their primary action is to simply send David away to a boring job one that no child his age should have and here i am viewing the narrative through my 21st century lense a callous decision yet not a vicious one David is merely an irritation that they want to dispense with rather than harm interestingthat brief segment was certainly enlivened by the depiction of the marvelously goofy Mr Micawber Family and by a fascinating look into life in a debtor's prison i assume this is the classic Poor House?but then good grief poor David Copperfield goes through hell to escape this life of tedium many emotions on my part all centered on the idea of such casual cruelty towards a runaway brought back some unsettling memories of my brief time as a homeless youth counselorand then at last some decency even better eccentric rather than mawkish decency Aunt Betsey Mr Dick are two wonderful Dickens creations especially that tough old broad Aunt Betsey each and every one of her appearances are a delight when David finally gets to the safety of his Aunt's house i felt a lot of tension drain out of me it is like his story is now truly about to begin now that the Gothic horrors slash neglected childhood bits are out of the way an introduction of the best character yet Uriah Heep this is the role that Crispin Glover was born to play what a wondrously creepy and perfectly realized little villain all that supplicating all that writhing brilliant stuff interesting David is rarely called by his actual name two nicknames are added to the list Trotwood and Daisy David is rather a tabula rasa of a character the relationship between Mr Wickfield and Agnes is not heartwarming it is downright creepyand now the tension is ratcheted up again but in a way that doesn't make me sorta suirm with discomfort tales of child neglect ≠ a good time for me three sets of increasingly dire circumstances 1 Lil' Em'ly and the despicable villain Steerforth2 Agnes and the despicable villain Uriah Heep3 Aunt Betsey and a mysterious blackmailing unknown despicable villainwill David be able to intercede in any of these troubling situations? i am doubtful but also hopeful go David go☁Status Report Chapters 27 endexhilarating wonderful awesome etc etc all the good words i laughed a lot i cried just a little and in a manly sort of way i wouldn't change or subtract a single word perfect☼Final Reportokay this will be less of a Final Report and of a collection of final thoughts as i think back on the novel and consult with the various threads in Serials Serially the group that started me reading this novelfirst the division in the novel the first third or so all about young David and his fairly awful travails vivid and powerful the remainder of the novel all about David in his young adult years and following the growth of all those narrative seeds planted in that fertile first third; an excess of details veering on repetitious and so that the book becomes less of a frightful gothic tale and of a slow burning assortment of mysteries and many many instances of pure comedy less vivid and perhaps less powerful looking back i have to say that i am in the minority and preferred the last two thirds not only was the tension of potential situations involving child abuse and neglect now gone a personal bugaboo of mine that will uickly render almost any literary or cinematic experience into something hugely uncomfortable and unappealing but it somehow all felt real to me the first third was visceral but almost cartoonish while the rest of the novel felt as if i was actually living in the novel such was the extent of the detail and the effect of following these characters as they move throughout many different situations and changes in their livescartoonish or better yet Dickensian what does that really mean? a peculiarly stylized version of caricature? i understand the rep that Dickens has with his characters they are stylized obviously but very few of them remained caricatures to me ultimately most ended up feeling very real and i was impressed at Dickens' ability to provide multiple dimensions to his characters although he does it in a rather subtle way his heroes do not get strong criticism and his villains do not get endearing moments of humanity and yet it is there David Copperfield is kind and good but he is also a passive foolishly naive fellow whose kindness and naivete often does nothing but make situations worse especially in nearly every instance involving his relationship with Steerforth Agnes is also kind and good but her passivity makes her function as a sort of enabler to her father Steerforth is a callous and feckless villain but has moments of genuine warmth and kindness Rosa Dartle is a heartless shrew but look at that poor bitch's entire life with Steerforth mom i'd become a heartless shrew in that situation as well Uriah Heep is an unctuous slimy kiss ass and back stabber but look where he comes from his context the kind of person his father was and the ideals he was raised up to worship and of course Micawber who would be pure pathos but whom Dickens treats with an extraordinary amount of affection Dickens is not necessarily an 'even handed' author but he is one who is clearly aware of contextthere are some comments in this review's thread about women in Dickens comments that i initially agreed with but in retrospect i actually don't agree looking back on this novel the women are often just as full of life as the men perhaps folks are mainly thinking of the rather anemic Agnes but now when i think of dim Dora and vicious Rosa and ferocious Aunt Betsey and tragic Emily and loveable Peggotty and maudlin Mrs Gummidge and pathetic Martha and the eccentric 'two little birds' Dora's aunts and pretentious Julia Miles and dignified under pressure Mrs Strong and hilariously faithful to a fault Mrs Micawber i think of characters who leap right off of the page and stay to live in my mind so no i am not critical of how women are portrayed in Dickensexcept maybe Dora she is surely one of the most bizarrely stupid characters ever created in classic literature when she first baby talks David's nickname Doady i practically wanted to barf she's so stupid that many times i found myself thinking She's Not Stupid She's Mentally Disabled good grief and so i felt bad about my contempt and i started having mixed feelings about David even being with her it seemed somehow wrong there is also something so sexless about her character it was impossible for me to imagine her capable of any sort of genuine intimacy but i have to give it to Dickens he doesn't present her as an ideal unlike David he satirizes her mercilessly in scene after scene and in the end invests both her marriage and her death with such genuine palpable emotion that i became genuinely palpably moved her marriage scene practically every paragraph beginning with Of was one of the most dreamily written passages i've ever read and her death not explicitly described but paralleled with Jip's death wow amazing scenethe combined death scenes of brave Ham and horrible Steerforth was almost eually moving that last line describing Steerforth at his final rest superbokay i think i'm spent this is one of those novels that i can probably talk on and on about so i should just make myself stop i'll close by saying that the novel is in a word brilliant i loved the language the humor the whimsy the drama; the characters were wondrously alive; the narrative both surprisingly subtle and excitingly larger than life so many scenes were indelible too many to recount David Copperfield is one of my favorite novels☀David Copperfield An Alternative Perspective


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    David Copperfield is an early ueer novel by Charles Dickens It follows David Copperfield a gay man in early 19th century England as he tries to seduce and betroth another gay man James Steerforth Copperfield first sets his eyes on Steerforth at Salem House where they both must subdue their love for each other giving their age difference and the society of the time However as the novel progresses Copperfield and Steerforth live openly as a homosexual couple Their relationship comes into peril when Dora Spenlow a jealous fag hag refuses to continue living as Copperfield's beard and forces him to marry her Thus Copperfield and Steerforth break apart All seems lost until Copperfield befriends Tommy Traddles another boy whose acuaintance he had made at Salem House They partake in a salubrious love affair to which Dickens pens several hundred pages of steamy man on man action However once again this relationship is cast into peril by that bitter old ueen Uriah HeepUriah Heep is a mean gay and the epitome of masc4masc culture Heep sees Copperfield as fit young otter and attempts to kill off Traddles by throwing pearls beneath his feet à la Showgirls However his plan is spoiled after his findom daddy Mr Micawber the man who famously threw the first brick at Stonewall repossess his pearls because Heep refuses to send him any daguerreotypes of his feetOr in other words David Copperfield is of the same from Dickens More straight forward than some of his previous novels Dickens instead relies on verisimilitude rather than ridiculousness in order to tell this story It is a pity as the outrageous Dickens is the I enjoy him However despite this novel only receiving three stars from me it is still better than most novels ever written It is only 'three stars' within Dickens' own bibliography and not the greater Western canon It probably would have been four stars if he had included chapters with Miss Mowcher


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    I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child And his name is DAVID COPPERFIELDI 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 The characters in this novel are like real people to me and I feel for them as I feel for living creatures I despise Mr Murdstone I adore David I want to slap his mother I would spit on Dora I laugh with Peggotty I cheer Emily on I pity Uriah Heep and I sympathize with his aunt Betsy Trotwood It was such a memorable experience that than 15 years later I can still recall certain scenes as if they were part of my actual memory All that is good about this world innocence justice truth can be found within these pages I cannot reccommend it highly enoughBut I have one helpful suggestion Do not read it without notebook and paper in hand to keep track of characters They are often introduced nonchalantly only to reappear later as central to the storyline