David Copperfield, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Introduction and Notes by Dr Adrienne Gavin, Canterbury Christ Church University College.

Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz). Dickens wrote of David Copperfield: 'Of all my books I like this the best'.

Millions of readers in almost every language on earth have subsequently come to share the author's own enthusiasm for this greatly loved classic, possibly because of its autobiographical form. Following the life of David through many sufferings and great adversity, the reader will also find many light-hearted moments in the company of a host of English fiction's greatest stars including Mr Micawber, Traddles, Uriah Heep, Creakle, Betsy Trotwood, and the Peggoty family. Few readers, arriving at the end of David Copperfield, will not wish to echo Thackeray's famous praise, having read the first monthly part - `Bravo Dickens'.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781853260247

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A marvellous roller coaster of a book, this semi-autobiographical novel contains all the emotions of life, the highs and lows, trials and tribulations of the eponymous hero. It's a big book, of course, but, unlike some other Dickens novels, its narrative drive is generally so strong that one can read it like a modern novel, so this took me just over two weeks to read, as opposed to the three weeks of the shorter Barnaby Rudge. Wonderful characters throughout. A genuine all time classic, with timeless things to say about love, loss, grief and other emotions.

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Two out of ten.

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.


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To give this book anything less than five would be irresponsible. The sheer weight and life that Dickens creates here is matched just by Tolstoy (who is the reason I read the book). I absolutely love Aunt Betsy Trotwood, she's brilliant. But to give it a clean five like I gave Anna Karenina or Moby Dick would also be irresponisble, those books, although as long or ever longer are never indulgent or seem unnecessary, every chapter and page is important. David Copperfield doesn't feel that way. Even though I was never bored, the sequential nature of Dickens writing really becomes damaging as a whole, and this is definitely a book where the parts are greater than the sum. I definitely see why people consider Dickens a master and although I felt DC a bit indulgent at times, I look forward to read some of Dickens more economical works.

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