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by Charles Dickens

Dombey and Son is vintage Dickens and explores the classic themes of betrayal, cruelty and deceit. The novel follows the fortunes of Dombey, a businessman par excellence, who craves a son to inherit his enterprises. His family, and especially his daughter, the sweet and good-natured Florence, bear the brunt of his frustrations.
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ISBN: 9626349891
ISBN13: 978-9626349892
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Charles Dickens
Language: English
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Unabridged edition (October 5, 2009)
ePUB size: 1576 kb
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Rating: 4.7
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Since the featured positive review (from 2004) recommends Dombey and Son as "a good place to start" reading Dickens, I find that I must protest. Dombey and Son is surely one of the least appealing of his many novels. I've read most of them, and I would certainly recommend starting with one of the shorter, tighter, more inviting novels such as Great Expectations or A Tale of Two Cities.

Dombey and Son is, I fear, exactly the kind of novel that prevents people from reading Dickens and other "classics." Overlong, filled with long passages of moralizing prose, painfully slow-moving at times, sentimental, relatively humorless (strikingly so, for Dickens), and, I regret to say, often boring. If I had started here, I doubt that I would be interested in reading Dickens again. In my opinion, Dickens' best novel is Bleak House, but it is a monumental work, which might be too overwhelming for many modern-day readers without working up to it. However, if you don't think that you're likely to read more than one of his novels in your lifetime, that should, i believe, be the one. But not Dombey.

Does it have any merit? Of course it does! It's Dickens! Dickens was a genius, and all of his novels are worth reading. This, I fear has pushed aside my previous least favorite to take the very lowest rung of his works. If you have read most of his other works and wish, as I do, to be a completist, read it by all means. There are some lovely moments. But overall, it's a disappointment.
My husband and I have just finished reading this book aloud together and I cannot say enough good things about it. Here Dickens deals with classism, racism, sexism, intellectualism, and environmentalism.  He deals with grace, forgiveness, and redemption. He is clearly a man ahead of his time.  And all is so artfully done, so emotionally satisfying. We were in tears reading one chapter and collapsing in gales of laughter in the next.  His character studies are no less than amazing. A fine, fine book. I fear most people will see a 950 page book and say, “No way,” but try a chapter a day. It wears well. You’ll be sorry when it ends.
It was a happy day when I, for whatever reason, elected to sample Charles Dickens. Having read A Tale of Two Cities in high school, I digressed to more popular fiction (Michener, Clavell, McMurtry, King, Grisham), as well as periods of science fiction and even non-fiction (Ambrose, McCollough for example), before making an effort to upgrade my reading list.

I read some Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Steinbeck and Hemingway with mixed success before reading Great Expectations. I liked it enough to read David Copperfield, and I was hooked. A Tale of Two Cities followed and then Oliver Twist (not my favorite), Bleak House, Nicholas Nickleby, Martin Chuzzlewit and The Pickwick Papers before taking on this door stop of a novel.

Many of Dickens’s works tend to be lengthy and excessively wordy, perhaps due to their nature of having been serialized prior to being printed in a single volume. Heretofore, I haven’t found that trait particularly annoying or troublesome, however this book proved to be an exception. I can usually read for a couple of hours before going to sleep, but found myself nodding off after only 20-30 minutes of Dombey. There are fantastic characters here, as in all of Dickens’s work, but they tend to be smothered by the frequently flowery and seemingly never ending prose.

As in other Dickens works, a period of acclimation is required to become comfortable with the vocabulary and social conventions of the era. Having read almost all of Dickens’s work, I would have to rank this as my least favorite.
This book is the beginning of Dickens' great novels. It's not as good as "Bleak House" or "Our Mutual Friend;" Dickens hasn't yet managed to let his characters talk, and he is a narrator who talks too much himself. The ironic humor of "Bleak House" is not yet quite within his grasp, and Florence Dombey has all the annoying characteristics of Miss Goody-Two-Shoes Esther Summerson. And low be it spoken, Dickens could have used an editor - or two, or three - in this novel. It's just too LONG.
Nonetheless, it's very clear that he's hitting his stride as the wonderful mythographer who makes the entire English-speaking world of the 19th century fall in love with his work.