David Copperfield [NOOK Book]

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The story traces the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity. David was born in Blunderstone near Great Yarmouth, Suffolk, England, in 1820, six months after the death of his father. David spends his early years with his mother and their housekeeper, Peggotty. When he is seven years old, his mother re-marries Edward Murdstone. David is given good reason to dislike his stepfather and has similar feelings for Murdstone's sister Jane, who moves into the house soon afterwards. Murdstone thrashes David ...
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Overview

The story traces the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity. David was born in Blunderstone near Great Yarmouth, Suffolk, England, in 1820, six months after the death of his father. David spends his early years with his mother and their housekeeper, Peggotty. When he is seven years old, his mother re-marries Edward Murdstone. David is given good reason to dislike his stepfather and has similar feelings for Murdstone's sister Jane, who moves into the house soon afterwards. Murdstone thrashes David for falling behind in his studies. Following one of these thrashings, David bites him and soon afterwards is sent away to a boarding school, Salem House, with a ruthless headmaster, Mr. Creakle. There he befriends James Steerforth and Tommy Traddles.

David returns home for the holidays to learn that his mother has given birth to a baby boy. Shortly after David returns to Salem House, his mother and her baby died and David returns home immediately. Peggotty marries a man named Mr Barkis. Murdstone sends David to work in a factory in London, of which Murdstone is a joint owner.[4] Copperfield's landlord, Wilkins Micawber, is sent to debtors' prison (the King's Bench Prison) and remains there for several months before being released and moving to Plymouth. No one remains to care for David in London, so he decides to run away.

He walks from London to Dover, where he finds his only relative, his unmarried, eccentric aunt Betsey Trotwood. She agrees to raise him, despite Murdstone's attempt to regain custody of David. David's aunt renames him "Trotwood Copperfield" and addresses him as "Trot", and it becomes one of several names to which David answers in the course of the novel.

As David grows to adulthood, a variety of characters enter, leave, and re-enter his life. These include Peggotty and her family, including her orphaned niece "Little Em'ly", who moves in with them and charms the young David. David's romantic but self-serving school friend, Steerforth, seduces and dishonours Little Em'ly, precipitating the novel's greatest tragedy, and his landlord's daughter Agnes Wickfield, becomes his confidante. The novel's two most familiar characters are David's sometime mentor, the debt-ridden Micawber, and the devious and fraudulent clerk, Uriah Heep, whose misdeeds are eventually revealed with Micawber's assistance. Micawber is painted sympathetically even as the narrator deplores his financial ineptitude. Micawber, like Dickens' own father, is briefly imprisoned for insolvency.

The major characters eventually get some measure of what they deserve, and few narrative threads are left hanging. Peggotty's brother Dan safely transports Emily to a new life in Australia, accompanied by the widowed Mrs. Gummidge and the Micawbers. All eventually find security and happiness in their adopted country. David marries the beautiful but naïve Dora Spenlow, who dies after failing to recover from a miscarriage early in their marriage. David then searches his soul and marries the sensible Agnes, who had always loved him and with whom he finds true happiness. David and Agnes then have at least four children, including a daughter named after his aunt Betsey Trotwood.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016724782
  • Publisher: Romeo Publications
  • Publication date: 4/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Charles John Huffam Dickens pen-name "Boz” was the foremost English novelist of the Victorian era, as well as a vigorous social campaigner. Considered one of the English language's greatest writers, he was acclaimed for his rich storytelling and memorable characters, and achieved massive worldwide popularity in his lifetime. Later critics, beginning with George Gissing and G. K. Chesterton, championed his mastery of prose, his endless invention of memorable characters and his powerful social sensibilities. Yet he has also received criticism from writers such as George Henry Lewes, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf, who list sentimentality, implausible occurrence and grotesque characters as faults in his oeuvre. The popularity of Dickens' novels and short stories has meant that none have ever gone out of print. Dickens wrote serialized novels, which was the usual format for fiction at the time, and each new part of his stories would be eagerly anticipated by the reading public.
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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    Not the full ebook

    FYI, this free Google download is only Volume 3. Even though it looks like you will be getting the full book, this ebook is only Chapters 30-45 (out of 64).

    22 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Not english

    Is there a free vetsion that is english? You can't even read this.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2004

    Absolutely Loved It!

    This book is all about Davey and his life as he grows up. Full of humorous charactors and lessons that David learns as he grows up. Can be sad, happy and provokes anger at the charactors! I think it's an extremely well-written book, but only enjoyed by those who love old-time literature! But I absolutely loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    TAKE CARE OF YOUR SIGHT!

    This is a good story. The book needs to be published in a larger font. It is not a comfortable print for readers.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    David Copperfield: A Masterpiece Unequalled

    I am a 13 year old student, and I finished David Copperfield recently. I am the epitome of a nerdy bookworm, but I don't care. I still enjoy reading even if I'm made fun of by brainless morons in my school who more likely than not can't spell their own name without all their concentration devoted to it. I finished David Copperfield and loved it. It is the greatest first-person narrative ever written. (Some people may argue that this title belongs to Great Expectations, but I must say that anyone who argues this must have skipped over the second volume. This portion of the book is about as interesting as staring at a brick.) In David Copperfield we find a captivating story of a boy who rises from a poverty-stricken, abusive childhood to a world of fame and fortune. Along the way he meets great characters. (All great in their portrayal and complexity, although not all of them are morally admirable.) He meets Betsey Trotwood, arguably the novel's most likable character, along with the conniving Uriah Heep. Throw in the eccentric Micawber, Steerforth, Agnes Wickfield, the Murdstones, and many other great characters, and you have a novel worth reading. Of course, every character comes to life in the way that only Dickens can do. Open this book, and I guarantee you you're in for a literary adventure of twists and turns unequalled. The language is rich, and the descriptions are vivid. By the way, for anyone complaining of the story being to hard to follow or the words being too hard, here's some advice: put your trashy romance novel down, grow up, and read a real book. David Copperfield will not disappoint!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    No

    Not readable.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    It's Dickens, what more is there to say.

    One of my favorites! It has such wonderful characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Ryan

    Plays with toys

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Skye

    Puts him down to play.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Skye

    Smiles

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Ryan

    Sleeps

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    Have not read this since elementary school. Enjoyed it. Highly recommend to all ages.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Bonderful book but riddled with OCR errors

    Because this edition is riddled with OCR errors, I am deleting it from my library and trying another version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Not a complete copy

    They start the scanning somewhere in the middle of the book. Lots of words that did not tranlate properly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Jibberish. Waste of time.

    Why does barnes & noble have a zillion copies of the same book, with half of them typed by a three year old. Frustrating!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    Too many mistakes

    Poor quality better choice to purchase

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Poor Quality

    There seem to be a greater than average number of scanning errors per page. Keep looking if there are any other ePub editions you haven't checked yet.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Unreadable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Is the working book.

    I've opened this book several occasions without any problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    Best illustrated Nook out there

    I reviewed this and it was very well illustrated!

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