David Copperfield

Our other blog, based on a book list is (finally) up and running. Here’s the first review…

101 Great Expectations

So obviously I wanted to ease myself into this challenge and went for a quick read first: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

Despite the fact this novel is often cited as Dickens’ best (and was his own personal favourite) I don’t prefer it to Great Expectations. Mainly because it’s too long – you just feel that all not everything is equally important. Most of the characters are brilliant though; the only one I wouldn’t have been sorry to see go would be Dora. A very frustrating “woman”; she simply highlights how much of a prat David Copperfield can be. If I had to choose a literary character to slap, I think she’d make my shortlist.

As it so often is with the central hero, Copperfield as a character was fairly vanilla. Yes, you feel for him when his mother dies, are heartened when his great-aunt agrees to look after him…

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