“Whether I shall end up to be the hero of my very own life, or whether or not that station will be controlled by anybody else, these pages should show.”
David Copperfield lives happily with his mother until she decides to marry the tyrannical Edward Murdstone. Abused and ill-treated by his stepfather, David is sent to the Salem House. A boarding school where he makes friends with the self-centered James Steerforth and the hapless Tom Taddles. David returns home upon his mother and half-brother’s demise. Only to be neglected by his stepfather who sends him to work at their family bottling factory. What happens when after a miserable life at the factory, David runs away to his great-aunt Betsy Trotwood? A coming-of-age novel, David Copperfield presents Charles Dickens at his best. It is not only among his own personal favorites but also draws on his life’s experiences.
About the Author
Charles Dickens was one of the most popular English writers of all time. He created a number of the world’s most well-known fictional characters. It is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. Born in Portsmouth, England, on 7 February 1812, Dickens was the second of eight children. He was forced to leave school after his father’s imprisonment. To work at a boot-blacking factory. His early childhood experiences were much like those depicted in his novel—David Copperfield.
He is abandoned and betrayed by the adults who should take care of him. These sentiments later became a recurring theme in his writings. In 1865, Dickens was involved in a train accident and never fully recovered. On June 9, 1870, Dickens suffered a stroke and, at the age of 58, died at Gad’s Hill Place, his country home in Kent, England, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.
It took me 25 days to read. I can’t tell you just how many journeys this book made me feel like I went through. I felt I was the protagonist. The beat of my heart was aligned with the uncertainties surrounding the protagonist, David Copperfield. I felt anger and fear every time the villain came in and the description was truly spine-tingling. Through all the harrowing downs that the protagonist faces, you learn to keep going from him. When he falls in love, you fall in love. Oh, how masterfully the author divines love and its conditions and pre-requisites.
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 endeavor to read at least 2 more books by Dickens. But you, my dear reader, should start with David Copperfield.
Also: Oliver Twist
Also: Great Expectations