A proud businessman is at the heart of this satire - Dombey and Son is funny, highly relevant and hugely enjoyable.
Paul Dombey is an ambitious, calculating London merchant. He pins all his hopes for the future of his shipping firm on his fragile son whilst his daughter, Florence, goes unnoticed and neglected. It is only when the firm faces ruin, and Dombey is staring at a life of desolate solitude that Florence may finally be valued. Can this heartless businessman be redeemed? Dombey and Son is a delicious and lively satire about pride and its downfall.
About the Author
Charles Dickens was born in Hampshire on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the navy pay office, who was well paid but often ended up in financial troubles. When Dickens was twelve years old he was send to work in a shoe polish factory because his family had be taken to the debtors' prison. His career as a writer of fiction started in 1833 when his short stories and essays began to appear in periodicals. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836. In the same year he married the daughter of his friend George Hogarth, Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and The Old Curiosity Shop brought Dickens international fame and he became a celebrity America as well as Britain. He separated from his wife in 1858. Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870, leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.
"Dickens's most mature meditation on the ethics of capitalism is haunted by ambivalent images of railroads, progress and death" Guardian "Dickens' sentences, his bold, sentimental outcries addressed to the reader and his marvelously imagistic descriptions, are a part of the magical world that assaults and seduces any reader" Chicago Tribune "A thoroughly gripping affair...Guaranteed laughs, guaranteed tears" Daily Mail "'There's no writing against such power as this-one has no chance'" -- William Makepeace Thackeray "Nothing seems more quintessentially British than Charles Dickens" -- The Times
Number Of Pages: 878
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Random House
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.900 x 13.100 x 4.300
Weight (kg): 0.583