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|Format:||Hardback, 1264 pages, Unabridged Edition|
|Other Information: ||illustrations|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 September 2004|
Partly modelled on his own life--although in no way a direct autobiography--David Copperfield follows a young boy's life, from his birth in Suffolk, through the trials and tribulations of childhood (including his mother's death), to his triumphant success as a novelist. The masterful early scenes, in particular, capture the perspective of a fatherless boy whose idyllic life with his mother and his nurse is destroyed when his mother marries a domineering and cruel man. The cast is filled with colorful and unforgettable characters, from the glamorous Steerforth and cheerful Mr. Micawber to the villainous Uriah Heep. Dickens described it as his ""favorite child"" among his novels, and it is easy to see why. The world's greatest works of literature are now available in these beautiful keepsake volumes. Bound in real cloth, and featuring gilt edges and ribbon markers, these beautifully produced books are a wonderful way to build a handsome library of classic literature. These are the essential novels that belong in every home. They'll transport readers to imaginary worlds and provide excitement, entertainment, and enlightenment for years to come. All of these novels feature attractive illustrations and have an unequalled period feel that will grace the library, the bedside table or bureau.
Gr 8 Up-Great Expectations is the better told of these two classics, but breaking down a 500-page work of literary fiction into 48 pages of graphic text is a much simpler task than retelling the nearly 1000 pages of David Copperfield in the same amount of space, and Morley relies heavily on captions, rather than dialogue, to summarize Copperfield's complicated life story. She does, however, do an able job of summarizing the major plot points, and this could make a big difference for struggling readers. In both books, Gelev's artwork fits the time period, with detailed costumes, houses, and other background scenery. The neutral tones suit Dickens's dank world, and Miss Havisham's ramshackle home and crumbling wedding feast are drawn as readers might picture them. It is doubtful, though, that they would return to these books as particular favorites. They are more useful as classroom resources for readers struggling with Dickens's prose than for a general graphic-novel readership.-Sarah Knutson, American Canyon Middle School, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Publisher: ||Collector's Library|
|Dimensions: ||15.0 x 9.0 x 4.0 centimeters (0.56 kg)|