➪ Dombey and Son: The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series Read ➲ Author Charles Dickens – Albawater.co

Audible Presents An Original Dramatisation Of Charles Dickens Dombey And Son, First Published As Dealings With The Firm Of Dombey And Son Wholesale, Retail And For Exportation A Literary Masterpiece In Which Dickens Gift For Vivid Characterisation Is At Its Best, This Is The Story Of A Powerful Man Whose Inability To Appreciate Those Around Him Leads To His Lonely Demise And, Later, His Possible Redemption This Edition Features An Exclusive Introduction Written And Narrated By John Mullan, Professor Of English At University College London About The Book Paul Dombey, Owner Of The Shipping Company Dombey And Son, Dreams Of Having A Male Heir To Take On The Family Business With Only One Daughter To Speak Of, His Resentment Grows And Is Often Manifested Through The Neglectful If Not Abusive Treatment Of His Wife, Fanny, And Child, Florence Following The Long Awaited Birth Of A Boy, Mr Dombey Triumphantly Throws Himself Into The Care And Education Of His Pride And Joy, His Son, Paul, Indifferent To The Death Of His Wife Following An Arduous Labour As His Daughter Grows In Strength, Beauty And Kindness, His Son S Sickly Disposition Makes Him Weaker And Weaker By The Day Despite The Bond And Friendship Forged Between The Siblings, Mr Dombey Continues To Despise And Resent Florence, And After A Period Of Intended Rest By The Seaside, The Family Is Once Rocked By A Tragic Death A Touching And Unexpectedly Uplifting Story Of Change, Forgiveness And Familial Love, Dombey And Son Will Keep You Gripped, Moved And Wholly Surprised Until The End About The Author With His Father Incarcerated, Charles Dickens Had To Abandon His Studies At A Young Age And Set To Work In A Factory So As To Support Himself Despite His Short Lived Education, Dickens Went On To Write Novels, Various Articles, Novellas And Short Stories These Include Hard Times, Bleak House, Oliver Twist, Barnaby Rudge, Little Dorrit And A Tale Of Two Cities He Lectured And Led Campaigns For Children S Rights And Education And Arguably Became The Ultimate Self Made Man A good plot, brilliantly written For me, this book is on the cusp of Dickens writing style The plot, with its many intertwining characters, is involved than his earlier work and, at the same time, written less metaphorically than his later work So, an involved plot, beautifully written, and not quite as difficult to follow as his later work Highly recommended. Before I began reading Dickens in earnest scarcely half a year ago I confess , I would have been hard pressed even to name Dombey and Son as one of his novels I am very content to be cured of my ignorance in that respect, because of all Dickens novels that I have read so far which is, as I m reading them chronologically,The Pickwick Papers Oxford World s Classics ,Oliver Twist Oxford World s Classics ,Nicholas Nickleby Oxford World s Classics ,The Old Curiosity Shop Oxford World s Classics ,Barnaby Rudge Oxford World s Classics andMartin Chuzzlewit Oxford World s Classics , this is my personal favorite.The reasons why are manifold First of all, the theme of the book a child neglected and unloved by his sole remaining parent must surely strike a chord with anyone We ve all been children, and can recollect in hindsight that one of the most basic drives of any child is to be liked and feel loved by its parents That such is not the case for Florence Dombey made me feel truly sorry for her and identify with her feelings all the readily True enough, perhaps she s a bit too good to be true after years of neglect, who would still love his father unconditionally as she does but Dickens paints her so lifelike that I never felt bothered by this.Secondly, perhaps so than in any other book I ve read so far, Dickens demonstrates in Dombey and Son his unequalled capacity to mix different moods there s both heartfelt sorrow and true happiness, bitter hatred between Paul Dombey and his second wife for instance as well as hilarious humour The humour there is comes primarily from some truly unforgettable characters Captain Cuttle is a source of constant delight throughout the book, but so are Susan Nipper, Mr Toots, Mrs Skewton and Major Bagstock To turn to the less cheerful characters, Paul Dombey is a masterful study of a man completely dominated by the demands of his time on how to behave, a man also with powerful feelings but unable to express them His second wife Edith is probably one the most powerful female character Dickens ever portrayed.Looking back upon the book now, I realize that a large part of its attraction lies in the happy ending against all odds , and one could surely argue that in real life this is not always the case Probably not, but is it, then, better to read realistic books all the better to learn to cope with life, or is it okay to read books with happy endings to lighten the burden of real life I tend to be of the latter conviction, and therefore cannot but say that I immensely enjoyed this book, and will definitely reread it at some future point in time Personally I have always been a fan of this book, and it is a personal favourite of mine For some reason this novel is often neglected, probably making it the least read of all of Dickens completed novels, but there doesn t seem to be a particular reason for this It isn t as this is the worse book he ever wrote, far from it, but it may be because it is his most domestic , and perhaps in some ways not the sort of book you expect from Dickens.Mr Dombey wishes for a son to continue the business Dombey and Son, as it has been run through the years He already has a daughter, Florence, who is six when his wife finally gives him a boy Mr Dombey has his wish at last and everything will continue as normal or will it What Mr Dombey wants, and what he gets are two different matters entirely This is a book of its time, where marriages were arranged, women were meant to be seen and not heard, rather like the children, and Man ruled the world In his usual way, Dickens questions these practices, making him possibly one of the socially aware authors of his day, if not the most aware Whilst tackling the serious matters of the day, he also gives us some absolutely wonderful characters, and some great comedy.Perhaps tightly plotted than some of his other works and not cloyingly sentimental apart from arguably a certain death scene this is a great book to read Thackery himself despaired at the famous death scene, crying that he wished he could have written like that There are slightly than average typos in this text, but I can t really complain too much, as it doesn t cost, and it means that I don t have to carry around my treebook version with me Remember, just because it isn t a novel that has been recently produced for tv the BBC shelved plans for this a few years back , don t be put off, this is well worth reading.