This afternoon I finished a book that I have been working on since the beginning of July. If any of you know me, you know that that is a LONG time for me to be working on a book! The book is David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. If you are familiar at all with Dickens you know that his books are no easy read. They are usually very thick and have so many characters that by the end you almost don’t know who is who! That just makes it all the more interesting. 🙂 I have recently become a fan of Dickens (this is my third Dickens book this year). I find his style most intriguing! He doesn’t present his story in a boring, straightforward way. Far from it! He describes things in such detail you feel as if you are actually in the story witnessing the scene first hand.
As for the book, it would be difficult to summarize due to so many subplots. The story is told by David Copperfield as he relays the happenings of his life, starting with his birth. (It’s rather humurous…the first chapter is titled “I Am Born”) In his life he learns what it means to have a disciplined heart through the unhappy circumstances of his life. Dickens does a wonderful job creating an intricate plot intertwined with detailed sub-plots. It’s enough to keep you interested the entire way through! My favorite quote is: “Some happy talent, and some fortunate opportunity, may form the two sides of the ladder on which some men mount. But the rounds of that ladder must be made of stuff to stand wear and tear; and there is no substitute for thorough-going, ardent and sincere earnestness.” I hope every person makes the effort to read Dickens, and hey, if you aren’t a reader there are always the DVDs. 🙂