David Copperfield …a review

I have a soft corner for Dickens, he has been with me through my school years. This novel, which I had to do in seventh grade, is probably the most autobiographical of his works. This fact has always seemed to stun me, for the plot is so fictional, the suffering so palpable, that it seems other-worldly that one has had to go through such hardships. His experiences colour every novel, this one most so.

The plot is loose, there are a lot of characters, and some threads are left loose until the end. The protagonist deals with many people, some of whom disappear only to come back again. Characterizations are brilliant! The ‘villains’ of the novel have always managed to arouse in me feelings of immense loathing and hatred, and I have hated them as I would my own enemies. In this remains the talent of the author, for how can a reader like a man called Murdstone! The character of Micawber is pathetic and funny, slippery too, like Dickens’ own father. This is also one of my favourite works of this author because I always wanted David to marry Agnes… It is a book for avid readers, not for the slow in speed; because if one is slow with this novel, one is sure to tire midway. Plus, it is a coming-of-age story; one must empathize with the protagonist immensely.

Quote: “My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”


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