I was absolutely charmed with the personality of David Copperfield, and I can easily understand why Charles Dickens called him his "favorite child" among his other creations. As David recounts the events of his life, starting from the day of his birth, his honesty immediately wins your heart. He is not afraid to share how naive and easily cheated on he was as a little boy; he readily admits it when he was being selfish; and if he did something less than smart, he tells the whole episode just as openly, without trying to make himself look better than he really did.
Born to a very young and beautiful mother, six months after his father's death, young Davy enjoys happy life in a loving home - until his mother marries again. Mr. Murdstone, Davy's new father, who could have easily gained the boy's love and trust had he shown him some kindness, treats him instead as some wild, out-of-hand little monster who needs correction, discipline, and more correction. He soon gives up on the boy and sends him away to a boarding school where daily beatings are considered a most necessary part of education. When David's mother dies a year later, Mr. Murdstone decides that even this type of schooling is too good for the boy, and sends him to London, to work at a wine factory. David, only ten at the time, finds himself alone in the world.
This book deserves to be read over and over again. The story is touching and beautifully written, and the characters are unforgettable.