If you have read most of his other works and wish, as I do, to be a completist, read it by all means. There are some lovely moments. But overall, it's a disappointment. Steven M. Anthony Top Contributor: Fantasy Books. It was a happy day when I, for whatever reason, elected to sample Charles Dickens. Having read A Tale of Two Cities in high school, I digressed to more popular fiction Michener, Clavell, McMurtry, King, Grisham , as well as periods of science fiction and even non-fiction Ambrose, McCollough for example , before making an effort to upgrade my reading list.
I liked it enough to read David Copperfield, and I was hooked. I can usually read for a couple of hours before going to sleep, but found myself nodding off after only minutes of Dombey. As in other Dickens works, a period of acclimation is required to become comfortable with the vocabulary and social conventions of the era.
My husband and I have just finished reading this book aloud together and I cannot say enough good things about it. Here Dickens deals with classism, racism, sexism, intellectualism, and environmentalism. He is clearly a man ahead of his time. We were in tears reading one chapter and collapsing in gales of laughter in the next. A fine, fine book. It wears well. This book is the beginning of Dickens' great novels. It's not as good as "Bleak House" or "Our Mutual Friend;" Dickens hasn't yet managed to let his characters talk, and he is a narrator who talks too much himself.
And low be it spoken, Dickens could have used an editor - or two, or three - in this novel. It's just too LONG. Nonetheless, it's very clear that he's hitting his stride as the wonderful mythographer who makes the entire English-speaking world of the 19th century fall in love with his work. See all 64 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime.
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