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This review is from: David Copperfield (Kindle Edition)
This is only the fifth Dickens novel I've read (the others were 'Great Expectations', 'Bleak House', 'Dombey and Son' and 'Our Mutual Friend') and the first one I can say I thoroughly enjoyed. As usually seems to be the case with Dickens, there is no main plot, simply an account of the central character's development. Copperfield narrates his own life story from childhood to middle age, beginning as a gullible, often bullied innocent, and ending up a shrewd adult who retains his virtues.
I feel that the novel's main strength is its characterisation; the slimy Uriah Heep and the financially-challenged Wilkins Micawber are particularly well-drawn. Dickens also signposts several of the subplot outcomes without being explicit, which piques the reader's interest.
In what is a long novel, there are just two quibbles for me. One is Copperfield's attraction to Dora, who comes across as little more than an ornament, a twittering bird whose caged existence is self-imposed. I'm not convinced that she would attract the active, intelligent Copperfield. The other is that the most climactic scenes occur quite some way before the end and are followed by some relatively flat passages. These are, however, very minor points.
Finally, I was pleased to find that the Kindle version is free of formatting or typographical problems.