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Dombey and Son

by Charles Dickens

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PUBLISHED: 30th November 2002
ISBN: 9780140435467
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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. Combining an intricate plot, vivid language, and Dickens's customary social commentary, "Dombey and Son," explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.
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  • Paperback
    $20.93
PUBLISHED: 30th November 2002
ISBN: 9780140435467
ANNOTATION:
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. Combining an intricate plot, vivid language, and Dickens's customary social commentary, "Dombey and Son," explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.

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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. Combining an intricate plot, vivid language, and Dickens's customary social commentary, "Dombey and Son," explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.

Publisher Description

Dombey and Son is both a firm and a family and the ambiguous connection between public and private life lies at the heart of Dickens' novel. Paul Dombey is a man who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business: calculatingly, callously, coldly and commercially. Through his dysfunctional relationships with his son, his two wives, and his neglected daughter Florence, Dickens paints a vivid picture of the limitations of a society dominated by commercial values and the drive for profit and explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.

Author Biography

Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist before establishing his reputation as a novelist with PICKWICK PAPERS (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. AndrewSanders is Professor of English at the University of Durham. He has edited several Dickens novels and is the author of Charles Dickens- Resurrectionist (1982) and The Short Oxford History of English Literature (2000). %%%Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist before establishing his reputation as a novelist with PICKWICK PAPERS (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years.

AndrewSanders is Professor of English at the University of Durham. He has edited several Dickens novels and is the author of Charles Dickens- Resurrectionist (1982) and The Short Oxford History of English Literature (2000).

Review

"There's no writing against such power as this--one has no chance."--William Makepeace Thackeray

Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
0140435468
ISBN-13
9780140435467
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2002
Publication Date
2002-11-30
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edited by
Andrew Sanders
Edition
1st
Author
Charles Dickens
Pages
1004
Short Title
DOMBEY & SON REV/E
Edition Description
Revised
Residence
ENK
Audience
General/Trade