The narrator, Damon Fields, nicknamed Demon Copperhead, is a young boy living with his drug addict mother in Appalachia. Young Demon’s life is plagued with poverty, addiction, abuse and death, yet somehow he maintains a sense of humor and a realistic look at the world around him. Demon is bright, perceptive and talented, but sometimes that is not enough for him to overcome all that the world has thrown at him.
Barbara Kingsolver readily admits that Demon Copperhead was inspired by David Copperfield. Having never read Dickens’ novel, I can’t make a valid comparison. Kingsolver’s tome is clever, and Demon is a likable, sympathetic character. However, for me, there were descriptions of his bad luck life that became tedious.
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Hello Nancy !
I was glad to read your review of “Demon Copperfield !” I won’t be reading this although Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors ! The Washington Post review was very complimentary…..many references to Demon’s sense of humor ! The Sunday NYT book review gave such a bleak picture of Demon and his constant bad luck, plus gave away the ending, (one of the worst reviews I’ve had the displeasure of reading) that I decided I don’t need to be any more depressed than our current political news has made me ! Don’t know if I could live through two years or more of Kevin McCarthy being Speaker of the House !!! Anyway, your description of this book has made my decision not to bother with Demon ! Thanks for this and all of your wise book reviews !!! 🍁 Mary Cavalier
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