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Dickens' favorite of all his novels, David Copperfield is the story of a boy who loses both parents at an early age, and who escapes the torture of working for his pitiless stepfather to make something of himself and, with any luck, find true happiness.

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David Copperfield

by Charles Dickens

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“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show”

So begins the delightful tale of David Copperfield, Charles Dicken’s favorite and most autobiographical novel.The writing within this book is beautiful and poetic, powerful and oftentimes haunting. A few scenes were so tragic and touching that they brought tears to my eyes. Cheerfulness and laughter are also found within these pages; several chapters are truly magical and should be read again and again to fully savor their sweetness! Dicken’s descriptions were so vivid that it was often surprising to look up and not find myself in England.

As a character, David is lovable from the beginning. His narrations are refreshingly honest, optimistic and even wholesome. As years pass and David matures, he remains noble and virtuous despite many disastrous crises in his life. Long after the story has ended, readers will be touched by the goodness of David’s character. In fact, all the book’s characters are unique and memorable. This is a tale rife with heros and heroines, villains and scoundrels. Each character has a complex personality, distinct role and often a specific dialect that breathes this story to life.

 With remarkable characters and beautiful prose, it’s easy to understand why David Copperfieldis a classic.

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There is no profanity in this novel.

Instances of mild violence include a fistfight between two young men, several schoolboys caned or hit across the knuckles with rulers, and a woman striking a man. The moderate incident is when a boy is beaten by his stepfather. Several characters die by means of illness, shipwreck, and old age. Many of these instances are causally mentioned and little to no detail of the violence is given.

Sexual content is primarily made up of school-boy crushes and childish kisses. Two characters run away together and the consequences of their actions are often alluded to. The term ‘running away together’ is never explicitly defined. 

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Mature themes include abuse, death, neglect, poverty, hardship, societal standing, love, forgiveness and friendship. Most of these themes are discussed from young David’s childish perspective and therefore glossed over.

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Reviewed By CindyB
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