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David Copperfield (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Don't Be Daunted By the Word 'Classic'

So often people express reluctance to take on the great literature of the past because of the feeling that it's a little too much like taking medicine. 'I know that reading this 'classic' is good for me because it's a classic, or so I'm told.' This seems to dissuade man...
So often people express reluctance to take on the great literature of the past because of the feeling that it's a little too much like taking medicine. 'I know that reading this 'classic' is good for me because it's a classic, or so I'm told.' This seems to dissuade many readers from approaching works such as David Copperfield. This summer I have read four Dicken's classics, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and Copperfield. Copperfield will reward any modern reader with its kaleidoscope of Victorian England, rich with humor and memorable characters. Allow yourself to become lost in the memories of this most famous of fictional autobiographers. The language of Dickens is always a pleasure as he wraps his florobundant prose around a cast of character's and scenes that are never boring and often are filled with humor and pathos, and sometimes both at the same time. It's hard to imagine the inward looking authors of the 20th Century Existing without the foundation of the inward novel from characters such as David Copperfield, Pip of Great Expectations and Esther of Bleak House. David's memories are filtered through his own perception and foreknowledge of what occurs in his life after. Dickens use of the first person narrative in telling David's story anchors you to David's reactions to the events of his life and connects you as a reader to similar events or relationships in your own life. Finally, people are always calling Dickens characters caricatures, but as you read about the Micawbers or Uriah Heep, or Dora and think they seem like immutable beings think about the characters in your own life and see how mutable they are, and Dickens caricatures, even 165 years later seem accurate and rooted in reality. Lastly, don't be fightened by the weight of this tome. Once Dickens envelops you in his world and his language, be it in this work or any of his others, you will glide through his works and reach for the next.

posted by Anonymous on August 28, 2006

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3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Difficult to read

This edition, by B&N Classics, is extremely difficult to read. The print is small and the lines are very close to each other. I had to rate it only 3 stars for that reason (I would have given 5 otherwise). I bought this book because I have had other books from B&N Class...
This edition, by B&N Classics, is extremely difficult to read. The print is small and the lines are very close to each other. I had to rate it only 3 stars for that reason (I would have given 5 otherwise). I bought this book because I have had other books from B&N Classics which were extremely readable. Other publishers usually have the same or similar print in all of their books, so I assumed that that would be the case with this edition of David Copperfield. I will have to buy another version to get through the remainder of the book. I will probably go with the Modern Library Classics version because their print is always readable.

posted by 2505725 on May 14, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2010

    David Copperfeild

    Emily Parker
    David Copperfield


    Summary
    In the book David Copperfield by Charles Dickens a young boy, David, lives in a small house in the late 1600's. When David was born his aunt came to claim it was a girl and it shall be named Betsey. At last David was born to be a boy and his aunt raged in fury out the door and was never seen again. Ten years later David continued to live with his mother and their dear maid named Peggotty. David's mother gets remarried to a horrible man where his hideous sister moves in with them. His new dad, Mr.Mudstone, beats David and abuses David for anything David does. David is later sent to an extremely strict overnight school. David is abused there by teachers and students. David's mother had sadly passed away a week after the new baby was born, while David was at school. After his mother dies he refuses to go back home with his new dad and aunt. David runs away to Aunt Betsey's house who hasn't ever seen him since he was born. David grows up years later and marries a beautiful woman named Dora, but after a year of their marriage Dora becomes very ill and dies.






    POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES

    There are a lot of positives in the book David Copperfield. Some of the positives are when he ran away and lived with aunt Betsey in a peaceful house with a marvelous garden of all different colors. Also David won't ever have to worry about his step dad again after Aunt Betsey had adopted him. Another positive in this novel is David gets married to a lovely woman and then remarried to an other wonderful woman. Another positive in the novel was David had three children to take care of. Although there are a lot of positives there are also a lot of negatives. One of the negatives is that his mother dies. Also he is abused by his new father. When he first gets married, after a year, Dora his wife dies followed by her dog leaving him alone.
    WRITING STYLE
    The writing style that the author, Charles Dickens used the narrative style. It is narrative because the main character, David told the story. The tone of his writing is somewhat sad. This is because a lot of the story is sad. The words he uses are old-fashioned and were a little difficult to understand. This is because the book was written a long time ago. He uses figurative language so I could really see in my mind what was happening. This was really true at the times in the book where David was mistreated.




    RECOMMENDATION
    I recommend this book, David Copperfield, for many reasons. One of the reasons is because it shows some history. Another reason is that it is an emotional book. I also recommend it because it has a very nice ending.
    Some other similar novels to this novel would be Oliver Twist also by Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit also by Charles Dickens and The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett.
    There are some other novels that I would recommend. One of these novels is Twilight. Another book I would recommend is The Princess Diaries. The other novel I recommend is My Friend Flicka. These are all really great books that I really enjoyed reading.

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