David Copperfield is an early queer novel by Charles Dickens It follows David Copperfield, a gay man in early 19th century England, as he tries to seduce and betroth another gay man, James Steerforth Copperfield first sets his eyes on Steerforth at Salem House where they both must subdue their love for each other, giving their age difference and the society of the time However, as the novel progresses, Copperfield and Steerforth live openly as a homosexual couple Their relationship comes into peril when Dora Spenlow, a jealous fag hag, refuses to continue living as Copperfield s beard and forces him to marry her Thus, Copperfield and Steerforth break apart All seems lost until Copperfield befriends Tommy Traddles, another boy whose acquaintance he had made at Salem House They partake in a salubrious love affair to which Dickens pens several hundred pages of steamy man on man action However, once again this relationship is cast into peril by that bitter old queen Uriah Heep.Uriah Heep is a mean gay and the epitome of masc4masc culture Heep sees Copperfield as fit young otter and attempts to kill off Traddles by throwing pearls beneath his feet la Showgirls However his plan is spoiled after his findom daddy, Mr Micawber the man who famously threw the first brick at Stonewall , repossess his pearls because Heep refuses to send him any daguerreotypes of his feet.Or, in other words David Copperfield is of the same from Dickens More straight forward than some of his previous novels, Dickens instead relies on verisimilitude rather than ridiculousness in order to tell this story It is a pity as the outrageous Dickens is, the I enjoy him However, despite this novel only receiving three stars from me, it is still better than most novels ever written It is only three stars within Dickens own bibliography and not the greater Western canon It probably would have been four stars if he had included chapters with Miss Mowcher. Call it an act of heresy but I m abandoning this I ve got to page 600 which means I ve only another 150 pages to go but I ve completely lost interest The characters are too one dimensional and you can see the plot coming as if it s daubed in road marking paint I ve read all of Dickens novels except the early ones and mostly loved them except for Tale of two Cities and the reason I d never read this was I believed, mistakenly, it was another early one However it reads like an early one, so I wasn t completely mistaken By which, I mean it s lathered with sentimentality It was Dickens favourite of his novels which I find odd and doesn t say much for his critical faculties but explains to me why he never quite excised the sentimental strain in his writing he simply couldn t see it Because the sentimentality is like a sickly sweet smell on virtually every page of this novel Perhaps because of its autobiographical nature he enjoyed writing this a bit too much When an author gets carried away with the delights of his own story perhaps the inner editor goes into abeyance It doesn t begin well David as a character reminded me of the AI in Stephen Spielberg s film of the same name, except, unlike the AI, his programming as irreproachable child never falters We re presented with a moral universe of absolutes There s no nuance Mr and Miss Murdstone are pantomime baddies, as lacking in subtlety as their name suggests Peggoty, his nurse, is a paragon of virtue David, as child, isn t any kind of child I recognise He s never mischievous or unruly Cruelty has no meaningful effect on his character He s never capable of irrational response good people after all can still be highly irritating and bad people fascinating and especially authoritative But only good people have authority for David which basically means he will never develop much as a character, which he doesn t David is a neutered foolproof moral touchstone The novel throughout has a pantomime binary moral system A character, with one or two exceptions, is either wholly good or wholly bad So, the first 100 pages were a bit of a struggle for me I found Peggoty and the evil Murdstones tiresomely predictable It was therefore a massive relief when the morally ambiguous Steerforth arrives on the scene Finally we sense David might evolve from a potted plastic flower into one rooted in soil and subject to weather Finally we see his moral judgements are subject to error Finally we see the possibility of him being influenced by something other than unadulterated virtue Unfortunately though Dickens soon repeats the early template of moral absolutes with a new set of characters And Steerforth, the only character capable of messing with David s programmed predictability, vanishes from the novel There s no character development in this novel Even as an adult David still seems like a ten year old No surprise then that he falls in love with a female counterpart an adult ten year old female Before reading this I would have nominated Dorothea and Casaubon in Middlemarch if someone had asked me which couple in the history of literature I found it most difficult to imagine having sex together However David and Dora now get that award In fact, sex, like everything else that happens to him, has no notable effect on his character The moral light in this novel is glaring it hurts the eyes No surprise then that the unpredictable dark charge of sex is hostile to its regulated lighting system and so ignored Of course it s not all bad The sentence writing is consistently brilliant And as ever Dickens creates his characters with the startled wide eyed wonder of a child always they have an almost hallucinated detailed vividness, that larger than life quality, a single oddball defining trait, with which we tend to see grownups as children We magnify one detail which comes to represent the person in question It was probably his most inspired feature, his ability to see the world through the eyes of a child but narrate his findings with the eloquence of an adult Dickens has never been a great psychologist he doesn t have much to say about the inner life his terrain is generally surfaces The surface of this novel reminded me of a gaudy birthday card with embossed pink hearts and ribbons splashed all over it For me Dickens is the master purveyor of the novel as light entertainment But this was soap opera than novel. David Copperfield Is The Story Of A Young Man S Adventures On His Journey From An Unhappy And Impoverished Childhood To The Discovery Of His Vocation As A Successful Novelist Among The Gloriously Vivid Cast Of Characters He Encounters Are His Tyrannical Stepfather, Mr Murdstone His Brilliant, But Ultimately Unworthy School Friend James Steerforth His Formidable Aunt, Betsey Trotwood The Eternally Humble, Yet Treacherous Uriah Heep Frivolous, Enchanting Dora Spenlow And The Magnificently Impecunious Wilkins Micawber, One Of Literature S Great Comic Creations In David Copperfield The Novel He Described As His Favourite Child Dickens Drew Revealingly On His Own Experiences To Create One Of The Most Exuberant And Enduringly Popular Works, Filled With Tragedy And Comedy In Equal Measure This Edition Uses The Text Of The First Volume Publication Of , And Includes Updated Suggestions For Further Reading, Original Illustrations By Phiz , A Revised Chronology And Expanded Notes In His New Introduction, Jeremy Tambling Discusses The Novel S Autobiographical Elements, And Its Central Themes Of Memory And Identity This narrative is my written memory , declares David Copperfield in the last section of this elephantine novel, a sentence that strongly implies an autobiographical imprint of the author in the making of his famous middle class hero But is that aspect what I most value of this work Far from it.This thick volume is quite an ambitious journey partly a comic story, which often verges on a tale for children, and partly a picaresque book tinged with distinctive dramatic intention that fluctuates in the cyclical calamities and climaxes that sway a long list of memorable characters back and forth in the tide of Dickens fluent storytelling Marriage, friendship, betrayal, the multifarious forms of parenthood, and the eternal battle between good and evil are the axes around which the personal growth of naive, almost seraphic like David will revolve As I followed David from boyhood to adulthood and all the tragedies and unexpected gifts life throws on his way, I started to wonder about his real role in the story Is David thereal protagonistOr is he a mere bystander, a passive witness that chronicles events unfolding around him without taking action in them Maybe the real protagonists are the motley array of characters, so rich in description and recognizable for the repetitive idiomatic expressions that identify their eccentricities and foibles that make them unique.irreplaceable Peggotty s mother s love, in spite of her being childless, Uriah Heep s humble meanness, Mr Micawer s bountiful utterances, the always willin Barkis, Mr Dick s innocent intelligence, Mrs Gummidge s repetitive lamentI m a lone lorn creetur and everything goes contrairy with me , Dora s childish capriciousness, Agnes patient wisdom, Mr Peggotty s huge heart This extended cast of characters paints the canvas of intricate humanity on David s quiet countenance, transfiguring him into a mirror that reflects the reader s own nature staring back in his eye, with all his vices and virtues glowing with renewed light David doesn t move forward the pace of the narrative, he is the moving point on which everything else plot, characters, essence converges.But for this particular reader, David Copperfield goes beyond the realm of literary fiction he has won a permanent place in my personal journey towards wholeness He is a role model to look up to His observant glance bespeaks of obstinate compassion and blind blindness is not always bad faith in mankind, of the virtuous circle of goodwill and good intention, of the power of positive attitude in front of adversity.There is not an ounce of cheap sentimentalism in the numerous pages of this epic tale, but one will find an overdose of tenderness and smart humor that shine with intelligence and soul, that dares to approach life and its archetypical structures from other perspectives, that embraces those who are different as dear life The concept of family has drastically expanded and reached a superior level for me Family is now an unknown valley, with the evening sun shining on the remote heights of snow, that close it in, like eternal clouds , an open door that welcomes the future, wherever it might lead me. I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child And his name is DAVID COPPERFIELD I have also a favorite author and his name is Charles Dickens This novel is poetry To truly appreciate the beauty of the English language, one must read David Copperfield This book cannot be classified It is a love story, a drama, and a comedy It has elements of horror and suspense I laughed hysterically, sobbed uncontrollably, and threw it to a wall in a fit of anger It annoyed, bored, and entrapped me The characters in this novel are like real people to me and I feel for them as I feel for living creatures I despise Mr Murdstone, I adore David, I want to slap his mother, I would spit on Dora, I laugh with Peggotty, I cheer Emily on, I pity Uriah Heep, and I sympathize with his aunt Betsy Trotwood It was such a memorable experience that than 15 years later, I can still recall certain scenes as if they were part of my actual memory All that is good about this world innocence, justice, truth can be found within these pages I cannot reccommend it highly enough.But I have one helpful suggestion Do not read it without notebook and paper in hand to keep track of characters They are often introduced nonchalantly only to reappear later as central to the storyline. Status Report Chapters 1 8i had forgotten how much i love Dickens the man is a master at the immersive experience it is really easy for me to get sucked into the world he is so carefully constructing, to revel in all the extensive details, the lavish description, the almost overripe imagination at work his strength at creating a wide range of entirely lived in settings both brief snapshots of places in passing and crucial places like David s home and school is equalled by his even famous skill at sketching the characters often, but not always, caricatures that live and breathe in his world this is the kind of deep dish experience that i love to have when traveling, on a plane or a bus or in some plaza, a second world to live in while taking a break in exploring the immediate world around me.i can t help but also remember how many people dislike Dickens i m remembering an ex who told me he was her least favorite author, and how her resentment at being forced to read him in high school almost put her off reading for pleasure in general it is hard to reconcile such a strong distaste for Dickens with my own easy enjoyment of his novels my automatic reaction is that the reader who isn t enchanted by him either dislikes the style of writing or is simply the sort of idiot who should stick to reading facebook well i don t date idiots, so i assume her reaction is based around the writing style maybe that is the basic rationale for most folks who don t care for him.or maybe it is based on something else there is something that i ve found to be off putting about David Copperfield, at least so far namely, the incredibly passive and naive behavior of David himself and his mother, of course it s than just my automatic distaste for reading about victims, although that is certainly a part of it what it feels like at times is that Dickens is stacking the deck a bit, making miserable situations even potentially miserable, by having his protagonist and that wretched mother, of course be almost developmentally disabled in his inability to understand even basic things about the world around him it sorta drives me up the wall.well, that complaint aside, this has still been an awesome time first and foremost, even than the world building and juicy characters, i love the dry and sardonic humor that is constantly working double time not only does it create some distance between reader and book in regards to the various horrors visited upon young David it is fookin hilarious favorite parts so far that brilliant opening chapter I Am Born the Peggotty boat house and the warmth of that wonderful family i would like to live there Steerforth ugh what a charming monster the sadly minor note tragedy of Mr Mell Status Report Chapters 9 26i think i was expecting a bit evil from the Murdstones the way they treat David is certainly unkind verging on cruel but i suppose i thought it would be a lot brutal this is not a complaint if anything, i appreciate that Dickens makes David s predicament a much realistic one the Murdstones are cold, cold people and they certainly drive David s tedious mother to an early grave i shed no tears on that one but i was surprised that their primary action is to simply send David away to a boring job, one that no child his age should have and here i am viewing the narrative through my 21st century lense a callous decision yet not a vicious one David is merely an irritation that they want to dispense with, rather than harm interesting.that brief segment was certainly enlivened by the depiction of the marvelously goofy Mr Micawber Family and by a fascinating look into life in a debtor s prison i assume this is the classic Poor House but then good grief, poor David Copperfield goes through hell to escape this life of tedium many emotions on my part, all centered on the idea of such casual cruelty towards a runaway brought back some unsettling memories of my brief time as a homeless youth counselor.and then at last some decency even better, eccentric rather than mawkish decency Aunt Betsey Mr Dick are two wonderful Dickens creations especially that tough old broad Aunt Betsey each and every one of her appearances are a delight when David finally gets to the safety of his Aunt s house, i felt a lot of tension drain out of me it is like his story is now truly about to begin, now that the Gothic horrors slash neglected childhood bits are out of the way an introduction of the best character yet Uriah Heep this is the role that Crispin Glover was born to play what a wondrously creepy and perfectly realized little villain all that supplicating, all that writhing brilliant stuff interesting David is rarely called by his actual name two nicknames are added to the list Trotwood and Daisy David is rather a tabula rasa of a character the relationship between Mr Wickfield and Agnes is not heartwarming it is downright creepy.and now the tension is ratcheted up again, but in a way that doesn t make me sorta squirm with discomfort tales of child neglect a good time for me three sets of increasingly dire circumstances 1 Lil Em ly and the despicable villain Steerforth 2 Agnes and the despicable villain Uriah Heep 3 Aunt Betsey and a mysterious, blackmailing unknown despicable villainwill David be able to intercede in any of these troubling situations i am doubtful, but also hopeful go, David, go Status Report Chapters 27 endexhilarating, wonderful, awesome, etc, etc all the good words i laughed a lot , i cried just a little, and in a manly sort of way , i wouldn t change or subtract a single word perfect Final Reportokay this will be less of a Final Report and of a collection of final thoughts as i think back on the novel and consult with the various threads in Serials Serially the group that started me reading this novel.first, the division in the novel the first third or so, all about young David and his fairly awful travails vivid and powerful the remainder of the novel, all about David in his young adult years and following the growth of all those narrative seeds planted in that fertile first third an excess of details veering on repetitious, and so that the book becomes less of a frightful gothic tale and of a slow burning assortment of mysteries and many, many instances of pure comedy less vivid and perhaps less powerful looking back, i have to say that i am in the minority and preferred the last two thirds not only was the tension of potential situations involving child abuse and neglect now gone a personal bugaboo of mine that will quickly render almost any literary or cinematic experience into something hugely uncomfortable and unappealing but it somehow all felt real to me the first third was visceral but almost cartoonish while the rest of the novel felt as if i was actually living in the novel such was the extent of the detail and the effect of following these characters as they move throughout many different situations and changes in their lives cartoonish or better yet, Dickensian what does that really mean a peculiarly stylized version of caricature i understand the rep that Dickens has with his characters they are stylized, obviously but very few of them remained caricatures to me ultimately, most ended up feeling very real and i was impressed at Dickens ability to provide multiple dimensions to his characters although he does it in a rather subtle way his heroes do not get strong criticism and his villains do not get endearing moments of humanity and yet it is there David Copperfield is kind and good, but he is also a passive, foolishly naive fellow whose kindness and naivete often does nothing but make situations worse especially in nearly every instance involving his relationship with Steerforth Agnes is also kind and good, but her passivity makes her function as a sort of enabler to her father Steerforth is a callous and feckless villain, but has moments of genuine warmth and kindness Rosa Dartle is a heartless shrew but look at that poor bitch s entire life with Steerforth mom i d become a heartless shrew in that situation as well Uriah Heep is an unctuous, slimy kiss ass and back stabber but look where he comes from, his context, the kind of person his father was and the ideals he was raised up to worship and of course Micawber, who would be pure pathos but whom Dickens treats with an extraordinary amount of affection Dickens is not necessarily an even handed author, but he is one who is clearly aware of context.there are some comments in this review s thread about women in Dickens comments that i initially agreed with but in retrospect, i actually don t agree looking back on this novel, the women are often just as full of life as the men perhaps folks are mainly thinking of the rather anemic Agnes but now when i think of dim Dora and vicious Rosa and ferocious Aunt Betsey and tragic Emily and loveable Peggotty and maudlin Mrs Gummidge and pathetic Martha and the eccentric two little birds Dora s aunts and pretentious Julia Miles and dignified under pressure Mrs Strong and hilariously faithful to a fault Mrs Micawber i think of characters who leap right off of the page and stay to live in my mind so, no, i am not critical of how women are portrayed in Dickens.except, maybe, Dora she is surely one of the most bizarrely stupid characters ever created in classic literature when she first baby talks David s nickname Doady , i practically wanted to barf she s so stupid that many times i found myself thinking She s Not Stupid She s Mentally Disabled good grief and so i felt bad about my contempt and i started having mixed feelings about David even being with her it seemed somehow wrong there is also something so sexless about her character it was impossible for me to imagine her capable of any sort of genuine intimacy but i have to give it to Dickens he doesn t present her as an ideal unlike David , he satirizes her mercilessly in scene after scene, and in the end, invests both her marriage and her death with such genuine, palpable emotion that i became genuinely, palpably moved her marriage scene practically every paragraph beginning with Of was one of the most dreamily written passages i ve ever read and her death not explicitly described, but paralleled with Jip s death wow amazing scene.the combined death scenes of brave Ham and horrible Steerforth was almost equally moving that last line describing Steerforth at his final rest superb.okay i think i m spent this is one of those novels that i can probably talk on and on about, so i should just make myself stop i ll close by saying that the novel is, in a word, brilliant i loved the language, the humor, the whimsy, the drama the characters were wondrously alive the narrative both surprisingly subtle and excitingly larger than life so many scenes were indelible too many to recount David Copperfield is one of my favorite novels David Copperfield An Alternative Perspective My first Dickens, this book came highly recommended to me and after jumping around this for almost three years I finally managed to read it this time This book was also a big achievement for me in terms of classics last year I started three classics, putting them on halt for other books at different times This is the only tome classic that I finished So yeah, it was a huge achievement for me, especially because I loved it.So am not going to write here what this book is about as almost everyone must be aware of its content here Instead I will put in few lines what I like about this I loved that little scared child, who loved his mother from the bottom of his heart who despite all her efforts couldn t save him from the Murdstones My heart went out for this afraid, stammering kid And perhaps this hard behavior honed him into something strong that held him up in the tough times, inspired him to go on and never stop If Murdstones cruelty made him strong then his aunt Betse Trotwood and his nurse, Peggotty, showed him how to love, trust, and hope It was just so beautiful to see them carve him into a good man.As he became a man, friends i.e Micawber and Traddles, taught him to smile and made him an honest man.But Agnes put soul into this hard, strong, and loving man She inspired him to keep doing good deeds She calmed him in spite of going through hell herself Just like David, I was in awe of this girl woman throughout the book This book left me bittersweet Bitter because I was not ready to say good bye to these characters yet and sweet because it ended on a high note I heaved a huge sigh of relief after seeing my favorite people getting what they deserved.Such a simple yet an absolutely beautiful book. Bravo, Dickens I have to say that, copying Thackaray for the millionth time, probably What a difference to read the original, compared to the watered down versions I was familiar with from my childhood It took me quite a lot of time to get into the rich flow of words, the beautiful allusions, and the dry humour, but then I was hooked My family will always remember the Christmas vacation when I was in a rage against Uriah Heep, not able to contain my anger, sharing my frustration loudly But it wasn t only annoyance with the blatant hypocrisy, vulgarity and opportunism, of course I fell in love with the minor characters, as I usually do when reading Dickens And just following their paths, walking through 19th century London, is a delight Update My eldest son finished it as well now, and interestingly he was annoyed with David s naivety than with Uriah s hypocrisy and criminal activities By now fully acquainted with the Copperfield universe, he read a comment in The Economist, and burst out laughing at the notoriously self promoting, self indulgent, deceptive politician of our days, who claimed to be very humble indeed people wouldn t believe really how humble I am Is e as umble as Uriah my son asked, laughing tears Well, Uriah ended up playing his tricks in prison The umble scoundrel cited in The Economist later moved into the Bleak House, eh sorry, umble mistake, Black House it is Wrong again Well, in a world turned upside down, it is a pure pleasure to read Dickens and to know that his characters get the fate they deserve, and that poetical justice will come, after a long nail biting adventure, originally delivered in the newspapers just like global day to day politics So, Uriah I would appreciate if you could just umbly stay a fictional character Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.Charles Dickens can do no wrong, except perhaps keep around 100 pages of rather irrelevant tangents in this book.It was such a powerhouse of characterisation and world building that I barely know where to begin All of the characters were utterly divine, even the detestable Uriah Heep and the unbelievably pathetic Dora, and most especially the wonderful early Feminist icon that is Betsy Trotwood I often have my doubts on first person narrative, but Dickens is one of the few who can do it so well without losing many of the great advantages of reading with an omnipotent narrator David Copperfield is unreliable in many fields mostly his blind spot for falling in love but he is in tune with his surroundings and can express what he feels other characters around him are feeling so suitably that it matters not that we are seeing the world through his young eyes only.The world was fantastic I am always immediately transported to these places when I read 19th Century fiction and this was no exception The strife of the poor and the decadence of the indifferent rich is interwoven here like smoke billowing in to pure oxygen There were so many nooks and crannies to be explored that it took me a while to get through this nigh on 900 page book, but it was worth it.Aside from one or two tangents which meant the story line stalled ever so slightly, it flowed magnificently and I don t remember laughing so much at a book that wasn t a straight humour novel Dickens has a way of writing with such endearment about his characters and society, but also tearing them apart at the same time It was a beautiful ride through the English countryside and a nice run through the heavy streets of London and I don t think Thackeray was wrong when he said, Bravo Dickens Blog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy 898 David Copperfield, Charles Dickens David Copperfield is the eighth novel by Charles Dickens The novel s full title is The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account It was first published as a serial in 1849 50, and as a book in 1850 Many elements of the novel follow events in Dickens s own life, and it is often considered as his veiled autobiography It was Dickens favourite among his own novels In the preface to the 1867 edition, Dickens wrote, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child And his name is David Copperfield 1971 1342 1367 665 1384 1030 19 1353 19 43 1363 117 1365 160 1365 175 1369 174 1369 150 1372 144 1375 120 1377 159 1379 236 1385 120 1388 1388 679 1389 211 1391 242 1391 118 1392 208 1393 243 1393 48 1850.
George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from Wikipedia
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