Published in: 1850
Edition read: E-Book
David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy & 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 formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; frivolous, enchanting Dora; & the magnificently impecunious Micawber, one of literature’s great comic creations.
In David Copperfield—the novel he described as his “favorite child”—Dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of his most exuberant & enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy & comedy in equal measure.
I started reading this back in July. It was the first book I picked up when I had reached my yearly reading target of 50 books (yup, I was an overachiever this year)… and it has taken me til the very last day in December to finish this monster.
I liked some of Dicken’s other works, but this, this was just ugh. I like books that have some sort of driving point. This… this seemed to just be David retelling his extraordinarily dull life, in detail. He seems to gain new names/nicknames with every chapter: David, Dav’y, Betsey Trotwood, Trot, Daisy, Doady…. seriously, just stop. Every nickname is used by different people and it’s hard to figure who they are talking about.
The good thing in this book is that one of the bad guys gets his come-uppance. The bad thing is that it takes like 25 pages for them to get to the point, as Micawber writes a long letter and has convulsions throughout it whenever he utters the name Heep, and it is so dull that my mind wandered and I didn’t actually figure out what the letter was about or why he felt so insulted by Heep. But whatever.
The bad thing about this book is how long and dull it is, the ever-changing dull characters who just keep coming back, the frustrating side stories that seem to have little to do with the main story, and so on.
I really was not a fan, but I was determined to finish this monster before the end of the year, and I did! With a day to spare!
David Copperfield Rating: 3.5/10.
Would I re-read it? Hahahahaha NO
Who would I recommend it to? Literary fantatics, fans of Dicken’s other work. It’s a book I really wouldn’t be recommending to people, as I feel that it’s not really a book that is relevant to today’s society and so it is hard to engage with it. I’m sure that when it was released, back in 1850, this would have gone like hotcakes- people could relate to the time and the characters and really enjoy reading about this, but nowadays? The characters are hard to engage with, the scenes are alien and unfamiliar, even the actions and thoughts seem odd and not at all like how people think these days.
Free Download link: https://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/download/58696.David_Copperfield
As this is one of those old classic works of literature, it is completely legal to download this for free from any number of websites. I have posted the link to the goodreads download (the one I downloaded and read) so if you want to have a go at this book, you can, for free (with no guilt, as it’s totally legit. Huzzuh!)