It was after the publication of Dombey and Son that the literary reputation of Charles Dickens as a world-class writer was finally and irrevocably established. And what had served to stimulate this unparalleled imaginative genius was the very city he lived in: London. Dickens routinely walked anywhere from 10 to 20 miles every day through the narrow, winding streets of the great city on the Thames. And what a city! London in the mid-19th century was easily the largest, most spectacular metropolitan area in the world. By Dickens' day there were four million souls living there.
The novel centers around Mr. Dombey, a wealthy merchant who struggles to cope with the death of his wife and the care of his infant son as the story opens. He hires a nurse to bring up little Paul. Meanwhile, other new characters are brought into the story, including Captain Cuttle, Sol Gills, and Walter Gay.
As their lives come into contact with the Dombey household, complications arise. When Dombey discovers that Walter, a lowly clerk in his office, is infatuated with his daughter, Florence, he sends him to the West Indies to prevent any possibility of a romance developing, and, with the disappearance of the lad in a storm, his purpose is apparently fulfilled. But destiny deals Mr. Dombey a fatal blow in his quest to glorify the firm Dombey & Son. The rest of the novel deals with Dombey's reaction to his unforeseen tragedy.
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The plot sags from time to time but the narration keeps you engaged. The comedic elements of Dickens shine in this version and keep you listening when the plot gets a little fantastical!
"Amazing narrator for a new Dickens novel for me"
This novel is the most excruciatingly painful description of parental child-abuse I have ever heard. I know no one has even started this novel. I confess that the reason I bought it was because it gave me 41 hours for my credit! The narrator, Mr. Griffen, brought the novel vividly to life, and his choices for the accompanying music were inspired. He and Mr. Dickens are a heavenly match! More novels, please, Mr. Griffen!!
"Poor narration, coughing, clearing throat,"
Excellent book, very poor narration, too many noises in the background, turning pages, clearing throat, coughing, I have listened to many, many books on audible and this is the worst narration of any book that I have heard. Not good for an excellent book.
"A Rare Dickens Story with a Heroine"
The story is grossly sentimental and "preachy" to my way of thinking. However, it's an important and rare look into Dickens' views of family dynamics. I can only recall Bleak House as another major work with a female heroine. In Dombey, Florence is not very interesting as a character (Edith is much more so), but what Dickens uses his dolls for to remark on the roles of fathers and daughters and husbands and wives, et. al. Is.
The narrator is fantastic and I'm curious to see try out his others readings especially as they seem to tend in the classics domain. I wonder what lead him to this book, but I am glad he took the task.
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