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David Copperfield (Penguin Classics) Paperback – December 28, 2004
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About the Author
Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors’ prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years’ formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorney’s clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.
Jeremy Tambling is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong.
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The book is like an autobiography of David cooperfield life ... it has drama, excitement , and some romance:) all is kids suitable in my opinion.
Now about this edition... the cover is a textured textile and inside there are pictures ever pages or so.
I would totally recommend this book:)
All of Dickens' work is a meditation on the simple fact that the only possible enduring meaning and value in life is to be found in the way in which we care for one another, and this production of "Bleak House" expresses this eloquently and beautifully. 100/100. A+. One for the ages.
With wit, complexity and lack of guile, Dickens' winds through an unflattering vision of the Victorian legal system, to heartrending household drama, to an investigation of homicide. All characters are intricately drawn, hitting a compelling balance between austere emotional honesty and caricature subjects.
At the outset, we are introduced to Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, two young orphans and wards of Chancery, who learn they are potential heirs to a vast fortune. As they learn more about their prospective windfall, they quickly find out that their destiny is at the hands of a shady legal system. Notwithstanding, the two orphans, particularly the young and naïve Richard Carstone, become entangled in a colossal protracted legal battle for their fortune, known as "Jarndyce & Jarndyce".
But at the root of the story is another orphan, Esther Summerson - poor and plain, trustworthy and kind - whose unknown descent proves to be entwined with the cool and aloof Lady Dedlock, a rich noble woman of 'dubious breeding'. The story unfolds further as Esther, and the young wards of court, Ada and Richard, are sent to live with a kind-hearted and benevolent guardian, John Jarndyce. While developing a deep love for Esther, which is truly touching and yet ultimately abandoned, John Jarndyce harbors a deeply unsettled past which inevitably comes to light.
Dickens ambitious "Bleak House" has fast become a personal favourite, and is a masterpiece that can be enjoyed over and over again - and has been, for generations.
I did not use the audio book version of this, so I can't comment on its quality.
Overall, an entertaining and fun read.
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I fell in love with David in the first quarter of the novel; I was so moved when Aunt Betsy decided to take him and see to his education and...Read more