Dombey and Son

Dombey and Son

by Charles Dickens, Jonathan Lethem
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Overview

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

Paul Dombey is a heartless London merchant who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business. In the tight orbit of his daily life there is no room for dealing with emotions because emotion has no market value. In his son he sees the future of his firm and the continuation of his name, while he neglects his affectionate daughter, until he decides to get rid of her beloved, a lowly clerk. But Dombey's weakness is his pride, and he falls prey to the treacherous flattery of others.

Dickens's customary social commentary, Dombey and Son, explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.

Author Biography: Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born in Portsmouth, England, and grew up in poverty, one of eight children. He became the preeminent writer of Victorian England, with most of his novels appearing in serial form before being published as books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307430892
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Series: Modern Library Classics
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 912
Sales rank: 764,633
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude. He lives in New York City.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England

Education:

Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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Dombey and Son 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Mary Anne Garcia More than 1 year ago
,very very. good book lots of typos but trsf thtu then. .......
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first story that has been able to touch my 'heart'. The touching and heartbreakingly-ended relationship between the young girl Florence Dombey (the main character who was 7 years old in the beginning of the story and around 20 in the end) and her little brother Paul Dombey Jr. left me sleepless for many nights. Florence Dombey's eventual winning of her unaffectionate father's heart made me quite joyful, though I was still haunted and saddened by the earlier parts of the book. Moreover, Florence Dombey's affection for all who were kind to her has made me fall in love with her. I wish she could come to life, travel through time into the 21st century, and become my adopted sister. Oh, Floy, how I love you, how I love you, dear Floy! ('Floy' is Florence's nickname) I would definitely recommend this book to all who have a 'heart', or more scientifically, a region in the brain that is sensitive and receptive to love and affection.
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I found this to be too depressing and couldn't finish it.
colorsplash7 More than 1 year ago
Great Dickensonian Moral Tale.