A renowned masterpiece by the famous English author, David Copperfield is one of the most entertaining books ever been written.
We are taken on a long ride with David through his eventful life, where we meet an orchestra of unusual characters, as seen by David’s keen and observant eyes, heart and mind.
What I liked:
- The book has many allusions to Charles Dickens’s real life; so the reader gets the double-delight of getting a clearer view of a great man’s life, as well as enjoying his magnificent talent of imagination.
- Although fictional (almost), this is one of the truest books I’ve ever read. It was written with passion, no wonder Dickens considered David Copperfield his favorite child, for he bestowed upon his story a smooth, eloquent and a strikingly-genuine writing style that I found missing in The Old Curiosity Shop.
- Dickens’s insight and wisdom that prevailed when writing about how his first love could have turned to under the wedlock (David’s marriage to Dora).
What I didn’t like:
- Most – if not all – of the heart-rending misfortunes that befell David Copperfield had actually happened to Charles Dickens in real life, so I had to equally divide my tears over the two poor fellows…and really, I couldn’t tell myself “it is just a novel, you fool!”
- Charles Dickens was never forgiving when it came to bad guys, so as the story closes they have to pop up again, be ridiculed, then off they go.
Bottom line: it was worth it!