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Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

Dombey and Son (1848)

by Charles Dickens

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I hated Dickens in high school, but I've recently rediscovered him and found that he's not that bad. He can be hit or miss though.

Dombey and Son contains all the typical Dickens elements. Some chapters are hilarious and leave you wanting more. Some are nothing but moralizing on the state of the poor in London, which is acceptable. And some chapters are downright boring and largely pointless. I have yet to test this theory, but it seems to be par for the course with Dickens.

Overall, I have yet to find anything by Dickens that wasn't worth reading. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Recently listened to this book again. Found the reading a bit overdone (the second reader I tried and this can be a problem consistently with Dickens audiobooks). But I love Dickens. This, while not my favorite, is a satisfying read. Faling into the verbal world of a long book (enjoying much on the long Christmas drive between California and Washington) is one of life's true pleasures. ( )
  idiotgirl | Dec 25, 2015 |
Among all of the Dickens books I've read, this one probably falls in the middle -- not a favorite like Bleak House or Our Mutual Friend, but still a good story. This one is centered around Paul Dombey, a wealthy businessman who longs to pass along his wealth, name and business acumen to his son. But his son dies young and he is left with a daughter who he basically ignores. Like so many of Dickens other stories, this is filled with a cast of very distinct supporting characters, who often carry the story. The audiobook is excellently performed by Frederick Davidson. ( )
  jmoncton | May 17, 2015 |
Dombey and Son is hard to asses; it's not lighthearted and witty like Pickwick, nor is it miserable and moral like David Copperfield. Like Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend it boasts a huge cast of characters and many convolutions and coincidences but, unlike these two works, its plot ultimately boils down to very little. It contains one or two amusing characters but none that deserve a place alongside Dickens' finest creations.
  Lirmac | Jan 27, 2015 |
One of Dickens' longest novels charts the history of the Dombey family - the father who owns the business and wants to leave it to his son, and the daughter he ignores. Not Dickens' best - the novel needs more focus than it has, and moves too slowly. There's his common problem as well, that the daughter Florence is an odd mix of purity and total lack of self-esteem; she is hard to believe in, and occasionally made me uncomfortable when her endlessly submissive behaviour was presented as some sort of feminine ideal. That said, there is some great writing, some fun characters and great scenes, even if he never really nails it like he does in other books. One for Dickens completists. ( )
  roblong | Mar 5, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Charles Dickensprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bourne, John CookeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Browne, Hablot KnightIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fairclough, PeterEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garrod, H. W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pitz, Henry C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pryce-Jones, AlanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dombey sat in the corner of the darkened room in the great arm-chair by the bedside, and Son lay tucked up warm in a little basket bedstead, carefully disposed on a low settee immediately in front of the fire and close to it, as if his constitution were analogous to that of a muffin, and it was essential to toast him brown while he was very new.
She brings daily in her little basket ... in sheets of curl-paper, morsels of cold meats, tongues of sheep, halves of fowls, for her own dinner.
They were black, cold rooms; and seemed to be in mourning, like the inmates of the house. The books precisely matched as to size, and drawn up in line, like soldiers, looked in their cold, hard, slippery uniforms, as if they had but one idea among them, and that was a freezer. The bookcase, glazed and locked, repudiated all familiarities.
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To Paul Dombey, business is everything and money can do anything. He runs his family life as he runs his firm: coldly, calculatingly and commercially. The only person he cares for is his little son, while his motherless daughter Florence craves affection from her unloving father, who sees her only as a base coin that couldn't be invested'. As Dombey's callousness extends to others - from his defiant second wife Edith to Florence's admirer Walter Gay - he sows the seeds for his own destruction. Can this heartless businessman be redeemed? A compelling depiction of a man imprisoned by his own pride, "Dombey and Son" (1848) explores the devastating effects of emotional deprivation on a dysfunctional family and on society as a whole.

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A powerful man callously neglects his family, triggering his personal and professional downfall.

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