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- Print Length: 770 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B084G1Y982
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- Publisher: Public Domain Books (16 Dec. 2010)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GHNIQQ
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- Customer reviews: 2,231 customer ratings
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This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes a new Introduction by Pulitzer Prize finalist David Gates, in addition to new explanatory notes. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Charles Dickens’ favourite of his novels (and one that is believed to be, at least in part, a thinly veiled autobiography of its author) this is a very engaging and entertaining story which I first read at school and which, although I have been meaning to revisit it many times since, has actually taken me decades to get around to it. However, now I have done so, I am very glad that I took the time out to reread this novel, and although I have to admit to finding some of Dickens’ writing to be overly dramatic and overly sentimental, it’s also true that he is a great storyteller who creates some wonderfully comical characters for his stories. Like the author’s ‘Great Expectations’ this is a marvellous coming-of-age story and one which amongst all the humour also looks at injustice, inequality, social status and more. Finally I will just add that for this rereading I chose the Vintage Classics edition with French flaps, decorated endpapers and sprayed page edges - not only is this edition attractive to look at and to hold but the pages are of a larger size than most paperbacks and the print is of a decent size too - which is not always the case with some of these reprinted classics. Recommended.
The characters are such a reflection of our own times, Mr Peggotty, Ham, Clara Peggoty & aunt Betsey find their opposites in Dippy Dora (high maintenance), her father (the shrewd financial businessman who always defers to his partner) and the ‘murderous’ Mudstones’ who eventually get their comeuppance of sorts, as well as the despicable Uriah Heep. But for me the icing on the cake is Mr Micawber with his love of language and financial wisdom.
Income, nineteen shillings and sixpence. Expenditure, nineteen shillings. Result, happiness. Income, nineteen shillings and sixpence. Expenditure, twenty shillings. Result, misery.
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A fascinating feat of this book is that though it is very very very long and it has as many characters, I have retained all of them. All of the characters are memorable and relatable. David's friends become your friends and his foes become your enemies. This is FANTASTIC WRITING.
This was my first book by the author. I am now reading Great Expectations. It is also good and not similar. I endeavour to read at least 2 more books by DIckens. But you, my dear reader, should start with David Copperfield.
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Last month I picked up quite a few books for my kiddo and saw a couple more good ones from Charles Dickens like David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist etc. After reading a few on heavy subjects which took a little toll on my little head - decided to refresh myself with this one and what a delight little story this one is. Although I am sure I have read this earlier during my schoo days I believe but had totally forgotten. What a challenging life this guy had which had its own up and downs but there was always a silver lining in his sad story. Initially it was the house keeper followed by a close friend, then his love interest which again goes for a toss, his marriage and finally the heart warming ending. Finished this one in two sittings was a very easy and lovely read highly recommended to all literature fans. This one again made me smile from ear to ear as I have always loved the way these brits talk - its a magical way of talking which kept running the story on back of my head as I was very well able to see the visuals in my imagination. So well explained - a wonderful book in all.
Mi è piaicuto molto, adesso ho preso questa che è la versione inglese per apprezzare ancora meglio lo stile dell'autore e non perdere tutte quelle sfumature che spesso vengono a mancare nelle traduzioni.
Consigliato a chi vuole provare a iniziare a leggere romanzi in lingua originale, davvero bello.
Es muss also etwas bedeuten, wenn Dickens selbst schreibt, dass von allen seinen Werken, sei ihm David Copperfield das liebste.
Das bedeutet nich unbedingt, dass dieser sein bester Roman sei - letztendlich ist das eine Geschmackfrage. Auch eine Verständnisfrage. Dickens mag einen ganz anderen Geschmack als wir gehabt haben, aber ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, dass er sein Werk ziemlich gut verstanden hat.
Ich habe den Roman jetzt zum zweiten Mal gelesen. Zum ersten Mal habe ich ihn als junger Mann gelesen, also vor etlichen Jahren schon. Ich muss sagen, diesmal hat er mir sogar besser gefallen als damals.
Dickens schreibt ein unkompliziertes Englisch, jedoch mit einem erlesenen Wortschatz, so dass die in den Lesegeräten eingebauten Wörterbücher oft versagen. Sollte jemandem dann die Mühe scheuen…, es gibt auch ausgezeichnete Übersetzungen ins Deutsche. Weil David Copperfield zu lesen lohnt sich meiner Meinung nach auf jeden Fall.