Accessible World And THE DIGITAL BOOK LIST MEMBERS Present A Discussion of David Copperfield On the Fall Classic

During the Victorian era, little things counted enormously. Each word or gesture was significant as events unfolded. In the world of Charles Dickens, it is the small and ordinary events of each day which gave color to lives as they were lived. in his largely autobiographical work, David Copperfield, Charles Dickens illustrated in detail the lives of poor children often mistreated by those they served. he shares that experience through colorful characters you will carry with you for a long time to come. Can joy be found in a life of poverty and hardship? Was David Copperfield hopeful or resigned to the life he led?

In our modern time, It seems almost impossible and still harder to fathom how lives described in such minute detail could be of interest. In a time when the pace of life was slow, novels were often serialized in newspapers and magazines making every word important in THE financial remuneration for an author.

If you wrote about your life, events hitherto deemed unimportant would no doubt take on additional importance as you wove together the tapestry that is your life. What would you want others to know? Would you write of surmounting difficult circumstances or dreams dashed and hopes unfulfilled? Each life has a theme that goes far deeper than the face shown to the world. What underlying longings would you reveal? What is Dickens saying about his life and time? David Copperfield decides to better his circumstances. As he makes his way what part will his earlier experiences play? In a life filled with cruelty, poverty, and betrayal, will he find trust or forever be haunted by early deprivation?

Each year, Nolan Crabb hosts the Fall Classic. If you are a member of the db review list run by Nolan and Don Horn, you already know what a cherished tradition this is. For anyone wishing to spend an hour in stimulating conversation with a classic for all time, join us for discussion of a master.
Below, you will find a description and download number from the Bard site as well as a review from Amazon. David Copperfield is available from Bookshare.org and Audible.com. We hope you will be there as a part for this much loved event.

David Copperfield
Dickens, Charles. Read by John Horton. Reading time 38 hours 31 minutes.
Classics
Autobiographical classic first published in 1849-50. Chronicles David's life, from a childhood marked by his mother's death and his stepfather's cruelty, through his success as an author. Also an expose of the abuse of children in nineteenth-century England.
Download David Copperfield, DB22325

One of Dickens' best.
By Tigger "kkegley"
My favorite Dickens novel, and one I pull out again every few years for a re-read. I'm probably drawn to it at least partly because of Dickens' own partiality to it - he was quoted as calling it his "favorite child", and much of the material is said to be inspired by his own life experiences. It's the kind of tale rarely told anymore: just a simple, unvarnished, yet detailed portrayal of a life. Reading it is like perusing the diary of a person much like ourselves - someone who just lives his or her life from day to day, peppered with their own small dramas and adventures, with few things particularly tremendous or earth-shattering on any large scale, except to that person. The Story of Me, so to speak. Again, not the kind of story told very often anymore, presumably due to our need for more far-reaching plot lines and reading experiences that take us out of our normal range of experience. In the Victorian period, however, the serial novel - produced in bits via magazines - were the fad of the day, so readers looked forward to everyday goings-on of the young David Copperfield, whom we get to know, literally, from birth.
In what I think of as classic Dickens (and later, Alger) fashion, David as a young boy finds himself at the mercy of adults who should care for him but do not, and after a miserable childhood is eager to make his own way in the world, and this is when his life truly begins. Along the way he meets some of the most memorable of the many unforgettable characters with whom Dickens has populated his novels: David's loathsome stepfather and step-aunt, the Murdstones, the hysterically loquacious Macabre, David's dear nurse Peggotty, the frivolous Dora and her fiercely silly dog, the sensible, understanding Agnes, and the detestable Uriah Heep, among many others - Steerforth, Emily, Tommy Traddles, Ham, Mr. Peggotty, Mrs. Gummidge...the list goes on, each character more delightful than the next. Amidst the minutiae are the very real dramas of every day life - a young woman's ruined reputation, a mismatched marriage made and endured, the ever-hovering threat of poverty and disgrace in a tenuous world, betrayals in both love and commerce, and every small experience of love, struggle, and redemption are played out here.
For me David Copperfield will always be a treasure of a story, one that spotlights how each of our lives, no matter how seemingly small or unremarkable, are truly enormous oceans of experiences unique to each one of us.

David Copperfield
Dickens, Charles. Read by John Horton. Reading time 38 hours 31 minutes.
Classics
Autobiographical classic first published in 1849-50. Chronicles David's life, from a childhood marked by his mother's death and his stepfather's cruelty, through his success as an author. Also an expose of the abuse of children in nineteenth-century England.
Download David Copperfield, DB22325

Presenter: Nolan Crabb
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