Dombey & Son

Dombey & Son


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Friday, March 22

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199536283
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2008
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 1024
Sales rank: 179,974
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Dennis Walder is the editor of the three OPB editions of the plays of Athol Fugard, as well as the book listed below

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


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

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Dombey & Son 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
Arguably the first of Dickens’ mature novels, “Dombey and Son” explores the themes and characters for which Dickens is famous, those which cause reader to evaluate their own lives and actions. Paul Dombey, Sr., exudes coldness and apathy in both his business dealings and his family life, the consequences of which are far-reaching. His sole concern is Dombey and Son, the firm upon which he builds all of his desires. In true Dickensian form, the business suffers and causes a maelstrom of ripple effects across the expanse of the novel. Although “Dombey and Son” is in many ways idyllic and redolent with fairy tale elements—including stereotypical villains and heroes—Dickens nevertheless expands his characters to encompass females who move beyond the saccharine angels and gender stereotypes which characterized his earlier works. Several of the characters are quite complex and dynamic. Also, the story itself reveals how Dickens begins to concoct the plot ahead of the reader and structure it as a chess match; while some moves will be obvious and predictable through foreshadowing, others will be more shrouded in mystery and accompanied by doubt. Dickens introduces a large cast of characters who move fluidly in and out of the novel, to be woven into the many ties of the plot and eventually brought to light, and some of the main themes include relationships, revenge, retribution, and unrequited love. Dickens’ cinematic genius is also made manifest in “Dombey and Son” and is likely one of the countless reasons that his novels remain so prevalent today.