Friday, May 4, 2007

"David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield is considered to be the most autobiographical of all of Dicken's novels. It is by no means a time line of his life, but there are some parallels. I won't get into the similarities here; that has been done by others more knowledgeable than I, and you can find their work with a quick google search. I do, however, want to tell you what a delightful book this is.

I was charmed by David and the host of other characters created by Mr. Dickens. You get to start the book at David's birth and follow him through his life to middle age. I found myself laughing in some parts and crying in others. I was indignant with some characters and ready to throttle some; if they had been real people I would have lost my dignity and blacked their eyes. I feel compelled not to tell more of the story because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it. So I will make this more of a recommendation than a narration.

There you have it...I highly recommend this book. I don't know how I managed to miss reading the classics when I was in my school years; I intend to make up for that now. I also intend that my children not miss out on the 'Great Conversation'. For now only Arwen, Eowyn and Frodo were old enough for it to hold their attention, but it's so good that it will be read aloud again in the Shire once Pippin is old enough. I don't want any of my children to miss this one.


Reed said...

Great blog!
I happened upon your site searching for Pippen and Dicken's -- isn't there a character in Dicken's named Pippen?

I am amazed at how similar my wife and my homeschooling interests/Christian interests - especially Schaeffer -

We will continue to read your blog -- we blog at:

real2007.blogspot and notesfrombusytown.blogspot -

Keep up the good work --
Reed Munson
Lakeville, MN

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