Thursday, April 24, 2008

Book Review - David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

They don't call it a classic for nothing! I loved this book. At 880 pages and just because of the style of writing it took me over a month to read, and I had to have the dictionary with me the whole time. That Mr. Macawber - Wow! What a vocabulary. Most of the characters were sweet and endearing and I was genuinely hoping the best for them. There were parts where I wondered where it was all going. There is sooooo much to this book, so many characters and quite a bit going on with each one. But it all tied together in the end and I was so happy. I hate it when a book doesn't wrap up well. There wasn't a single loose end at the end of this book. Even characters that seemed - not even secondary explains it - inconsequential, had closure. Not all of the characters we good - of course there were villains - and Charles Dickens writes the best villains. The Murdstones made me ill and Uriah Heep made my skin crawl. Even just typing his name gave me the creeps.
Without giving any thing about the plot away I just wanted to mention the main theme. The Undisciplined Heart. Interesting. I am one of the most undisciplined people I know…. Something to think about.
I've only read two other books by Dickens. A Tale of Two Cities which was excellent, despite the fact that it took me a whole summer to read. And I read A Christmas Carol in 8th grade, but I don’t remember it. Obviously I know the story, I just don’t recall how I liked the book, or if I even liked it.

7 comments:

Jeanna said...

I am on a quest to read more good, classic books. Do you own this one? Would you lend it out?

Holley, Dane Brien & Wesley Berry said...

I really enjoy Charles Dickens. His acerbic wit and his sometimes sarcastic sense of humor really appeals to me. I think his creation of Micawber was a stroke of literary and comic genius. Although it can be somewhat arduous to get through his books, I love how vividly he portrays the people and culture of Victorian England.

When you are ready to delve into another Dickens, I would recommend Nicholas Nickelby and the Old Curiosity Shop.

Becky said...

I needed the dictionary for Holly's post! I like it when people USE vocabulary. It reminds me how much I need to work on mine. It also brings back the horror of taking the GRE - the Verbal section still gives my husband and I nightmares. Everything about that test is wicked and evil.

Anyway, nice post Jules. I like your book reviews. Love you!

Kim said...

I'm on page 125. Aargh! I've got to get going on this. I know I'm going to like it. I do like it I just haven't been able to really get into it. You have given me more hope though so I'm going to start really plugging away at it.

Kaitlyn said...

Hi, I'm going to be a 10th grader next year and over the summer for "advanced english and social studies" I have to read this book. How long do you think it will take me to read this and actually understand it, I'm a pretty fast reader- I can read a book in about 2 days if I like it enough? Thanks!

Julie J. said...

I would give myself at least 6 weeks to read this book and I am an avid reader. My first Dickens book was "A Tail of Two Cities". It took me most of a summer to read. "David Copperfield" took me about 6 weeks. Start it as soon as possible, don't leave it to the last minute.

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