Dombey and Son by Charles DickensDombey and Son by Charles Dickens

Dombey and Son

byCharles DickensEditorAlan HorsmanIntroduction byDennis Walder

Paperback | May 17, 2008


'"Dom-bey and Son"...Those three words conveyed the one idea of Mr. Dombey's life. The earth was made for Dombey and Son to trade in, and the sun and moon were made to give them light.'The hopes of Mr Dombey for the future of his shipping firm are centred on his delicate son Paul, and Florence, his devoted daughter,is unloved and neglected. When the firm faces ruin, and Dombey's second marriage ends in disaster, only Florence has the strength and humanity to save her father fromdesolate solitude.This new edition contains Dickens's prefaces, his working plans, and all the original illustrations by 'Phiz'. The text is that of the definitive Clarendon edition. It has been supplemented by a wide-ranging Introduction, highlighting Dickens's engagement with his times, and the touchingexploration of family relationships which give the novel added depth and relevance. The Notes and Bibliography have been substantially revised, extended, and updated.
Dennis Walder is the editor of the three OPB editions of the plays of Athol Fugard, as well as the book listed below
Title:Dombey and SonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1024 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.77 inPublished:May 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199536287

ISBN - 13:9780199536283


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another good Dickens Read I've currently read about half of Dickens's novels and this one falls about the middle of the pack for me compared to other works of his that I have read. Like the other of his lengthier works I've read, I found this novel a bit hard to get into, however once the story was established I found it an enjoyable read. This novel focuses on one man's obsession with his business and legacy and how his narrow minded focus causes him to ignore all other aspects of life, notably his daughter Florence.It manages to touch upon a variety of themes (such as women's worth in Victorian society, class differences etc.) while being an entertaining story. I was disappointed with how the ending went, but the story was successfully wrapped up. I would recommend this book to people, however I think some of Dickens's other works (Nicholas Nickleby, Hard Times or David Copperfield) would be a better fit for a reader new to Dickens since the various story lines at the beginning and the length of the book can makes this a difficult read for some.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Starting Place Though one of Dickens's lesser known works, Dombey and Son is an excellent place to start with Dickens. The book is an interesting examination of family in Victorian Society, especially how daughters were treated, and how money was valued at that time.
Date published: 2017-03-27