** David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The massive and classic David Copperfield clearly shows its roots as a serial: it feels like a soap opera, albeit one with proper grammar. An abused child, an unerringly honest man despite being surrounded by shady characters, a perfect husband to a pretty silly first wife (why did he ever choose her?), David Copperfield the man gets to be a little irritating with his saintness. As for David Copperfield the book, choose it only if you can swallow 1000+ pages, perhaps on a very slow, slightly boring vacation?

 

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