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David Copperfield (Everyman's Library) Hardcover – November 26, 1991
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“David Copperfield [is] the most poetic of all Dickens’ novels . . . Not only was he revealing to his readers in the earlier chapters his ‘hard experiences in boyhood’ and his scorching first experience of passionate love, he was also sharing with them his own understanding of the roots of the art that had taken them by storm and to which they were in thrall even as they read about it.” –From the Introduction by Michael Slater
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Of all Dickens's novels, David Copperfield most fervently embraces the comic delights, the tender warmth, the tragic horrors of childhood. It is our classic tale of growing up, an enchanting story of a gently orphan discovering life and love in an indifferent adult world. Persecuted by his wrathful stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; deceived by his boyhood idol, the callous, charming Steerforth; driven into mortal combat with the sniveling clerk Uriah Heep; and hurled, pell-mell, into a blizzard of infatuation with the adorably dim-witted Dora, he survives the worst--and the best--with inimitable style, his bafflement turning to self-awareness and his unbridles young heart growing ever more disciplined and true. Of this richly autobiographical novel Dickens himself wrote, "like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield." --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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There are a few Kindle versions, including a free one and this $1.99 one.
I have both, and the only difference is the $1.99 version includes the 38 images by Hablot Browne from the original serial installments (19 monthly installments of 3 chapters each, released during 1849-1850, with 2 images per installment) and the first edition of the book (1850). Browne did the illustrations for 10 of Dickens' novels.
The images in the Kindle version are low-resolution scans of the original images (or perhaps scans of other scans).
On the Kindle Paperwhite, I don't think the images look very good, and some detail is hard to make out on some of the images. On the 10" iPad running the Kindle app, the images are much easier to see, both in their original size and when blown up to take up almost the full screen. However, the low-resolution images don't look very crisp on the high-resolution iPad display.
I'll attach pictures of the same image on the Paperwhite and the 10" iPad (running the Kindle app) in hopes they'll help give you a better idea what you're getting for $1.99 on either device.
Note that you can see all the images online for free. (I'll put a link in the first comment.) However, the site I link to doesn't tell you where each image belongs in the book, which chapter it goes with. I guess that's the biggest reason I can think of to pay the $2 - the Kindle book has each image embedded in the place where it appears in the print version of the book. The images are of historic significance, each one adds to the story (the artist was working with Dickens), and I enjoy them a lot.
Just set your expectations low if you're getting it for your Paperwhite.
Needless to say, I became extremely suspicious, I checked the inside jacket and -- ABRIDGED. While many of my high school classmates might have breathed a sigh of relief at the assignment's abbreviation to a mere 276 pages, I was devastated that instead of revisiting an old friend in all its detail, I was reading a summary of the plot points. I personally do not understand why anyone would abridge any novel, but I accept that some people must prefer to read abridged versions. My problem, however, is that nowhere on the Amazon page does it say that this version IS abridged, nor does it say so on the front or back covers of the book (if it had, I would have returned the book immediately)!!! So there is no way of knowing until you receive the book that you have not, in fact, received Dickens' entire work -- and even then you have to do some snooping in the inside cover to find the truth.
If you want to enjoy the full, true David Copperfield experience -- and what an experience it is -- DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION.
If you want the long-form SparkNotes to get through an assignment, you've come to the right place.
BUT DON"T GIVE UP!!! You will not be disappointed! I literally set this book aside for a while when it didn't seem very good, but thought better of it and continued reading, and I was very rewarded! It is full of great, colorful characters and an intresting life story. There's a little bit of everything in this book, mistreatment, treachery, adventure, sadness, happiness, romance, drama... the works.
This is my favorite of his books (a very, very close second being "A Tale of Two Cities"), and don't be daunted by it's length. Every page is worth it!