Dombey and Son

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Penguin Books Limited, 2002 - Fiction - 1040 pages
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Dombey and Son is both a firm and a family and the ambiguous connection between public and private life lies at the heart of Dickens' novel. Paul Dombey is a man who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business: calculatingly, callously, coldly and commercially. Through his dysfunctional relationships with his son, his two wives, and his neglected daughter Florence, Dickens paints a vivid picture of the limitations of a society dominated by commercial values and the drive for profit andexplores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.

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User Review  - meredk - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book, even though it's sort of standard Dickens and the outcome is no surprise. Still, the writing is so delightful, and the characters are varied and complex. I especially like the focus on women, and the fact that he made many of the female characters multi-dimensional. Read full review

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User Review  - atheist_goat - LibraryThing

As is the case with most later Dickens, the villains are fleshed out and interesting and have realistic motivations, and the hero/ines are the barest of virtuous outlines. Although I'll admit that ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist before establishing his reputation as a novelist with PICKWICK PAPERS (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. AndrewSanders is Professor of English at the University of Durham. He has edited several Dickens novels and is the author of Charles Dickens: Resurrectionist (1982) and The Short Oxford History of English Literature (2000).

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