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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Very Fast 800 Pages
"Dombey and Son" (1848) may be about 800 pages long, but it is so rich with drama, suspense, bad omens, melodramas, comic relief, and captivating characters that you do not realize how long the book is. In addition, it is clear from the construction of this masterpiece that Dickens had this work well thought out from the very start. The reconciliation scene...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Slow moving but still essential Dickens
Despite this novel being one of Dickens' least read and least known novels, it is definitely not a lost classic. It is typical, in a Dickensian way, but it is also very slow.
The pace of the novel lags due to the fact that: (a) it is a typically long "loose baggy monster" of the Victorian era; (b) Dickens' connecting prose passages are "old...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Very Fast 800 Pages, 4. März 2000
"Dombey and Son" (1848) may be about 800 pages long, but it is so rich with drama, suspense, bad omens, melodramas, comic relief, and captivating characters that you do not realize how long the book is. In addition, it is clear from the construction of this masterpiece that Dickens had this work well thought out from the very start. The reconciliation scene between Paul Dombey and his daughter is a scene of such rare beauty even to an English major! Along with "Bleak House" (1853) and "Hard Times" (1854), this is in my opinion a phenomenal masterpiece beyond expectations!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A watershed, 9. Mai 2000
This book marked the beginning of Dickens' mature style, and it holds up very well today. The dark portrait of the loveless marriage among the Dombeys is remarkably compelling. As ever, there are moments of brilliant comedy to lighten the mood, here involving the characters of Captain Cuttle (a fine, warm creation) and Babstock. A must read for Dickens fans who want to understand how his art developed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen What the waves tell us., 28. Februar 2000
After tackling the subject of greed and selfishness in "Martin Chuzzlewit",Charles Dickens turned his critical eye on pride and selfishness to achieve another masterwork in "Dombey and Son"."Dombey and Son" presents a vivid "criticism of life" teeming with unforgettable characters and scenes,written with an almost surreal intensity.The novel,like most of Dickens' others,is hauntingly lyrical and is embued with a quiet melancholy."Dombey and Son" tells the story of the destructiveness of a rich merchant's deadening pride on those around him.It details his own "comeuppance",when after ruining much of the lives of those who love him,Dombey is nearly destoyed by the villains and fools surrounding him,who have used his wife-a tragic and desperate golddigger more proud than he-to strike at him."Dombey and Son" illustrates the old message that nothing but love and kindness matter,that we and everything we have will ultimately perish and pride and selfishness are the frailest goods to be bought in this vanity fair.Yet the book's many original characters gives the conception fresh life and its comedy both genial and satiric lightens the sad gloom of such a moral tale.There are(as typical of Dickens)many grotesques in the novel-some good(the affectionate and good-natured Captain Cuttle,the saucy and defensive Susan Nipper),some bad(the sour martinet Mrs. Pipchin,the apoplectic and sycophantic Major) and some just plain evil(that emblem of consummate hypocrisy-Mr. Carker)."Dombey and Son" is like a grand feast where there is so much being served,that you don't know where to begin-and this for some readers may not be a good thing.The book is very long and Dickens' long sentences dwell lovingly on every detail(you will probably never see so many semicolons on one page);they who prefer something that gets to the point quicker or someting lighter may not have the patience for Dickens.However for me this was not a problem-Dickens' use of sentimentality,though, was.It is unfortunate that he chose as with Little Nell,to "angelize" Florence Dombey.She is fatally marred by being made to not only meekly love a father who neglects and despises her but to wander forlornly around their house,kissing the furniture he has touched and spending half the book in tears.This is a shame since Florence is at times charming and some of the book's more powerful scenes make effective use of her.The character of the precocious and doomed Paul Dombey,however is of a different achievement.The chapter entitled(I think)"What the waves were always saying" details with hallucinatory intensity the world to the eyes of a dying child and was one of the most famous scenes with the Victorians;it remains one of the most powerful in all of literature."Dombey and Son" despite its length and flaws will always remain for the true lover of literature-immortal.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Truly a masterpiece!, 7. Januar 2009
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Dombey and Son has all the best of the mature Dickens. Lively characters, an intriguing story and phrases of pouncing incisiveness. A page turner, a must read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent book., 23. November 1996
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Dombey and Son focuses on the life of Florence, the unwanted
daughter of Mr. Paul Dombey. She earned the dislike of her Father by being born
a girl, rather than being the son and heir that he wished for.
When a son finally is born, Mr. Dombey cannot gain his love --
while Florence, in her simple innocence, can -- which lends more
to Mr. Dombey's dislike of her.
Mr. Dombey's wife dies, as does his son, leaving him and
Florence alone together. Rather than seeking friendship with his
daughter at this point, Mr. Dombey withdraws from her, leaving
Florence to grow up alone, and vainly dream of a day when her
father might learn to love her.
After a long while of this avoidance, Mr. Dombey marries
a cold, hard woman named Harriet; who never loved him and felt that
he purchased her with his money. At this point, Dombey almost
relents toward his daughter -- until he notices a growing friendship
between her and Harriet. Once again Florence has innocently gained
the love of one who Dombey cannot, causing him to not only
harden toward her, but to his cold wife.
Florence's dreams of having her father learn to love her
are abruptly shattered as her father's arrogance and her step-mother's
hatred drive the Dombey household toward a bitter and infamous end.
Dombey and Son is one of Dickens's finest novels; it is complex,
riveting and passionate.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Slow moving but still essential Dickens, 9. Juli 1998
Despite this novel being one of Dickens' least read and least known novels, it is definitely not a lost classic. It is typical, in a Dickensian way, but it is also very slow.
The pace of the novel lags due to the fact that: (a) it is a typically long "loose baggy monster" of the Victorian era; (b) Dickens' connecting prose passages are "old fashioned" and either too prosaic or sentimental; and (c) the characters (especially Florence) are too one-dimensional. For example: Florence is too sentimental, Dombey is too hard (initially) and Paul is far too intelligent and perceptive for his age.
For those of us living in this modern world who desire an aquaintance with Victorian classics, give this a miss. If you must read Dickens (and he must continue to be read), read CHUZZELWITT or DORRIT instead. DOMBEY is just too long and too plot-fixated for any but those with an already acquired taste for Dickens.(Perhaps a Trollopian heroine might also be to your taste.)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Useful Read for Gender Theorists, 21. Mai 1999
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Some readers will find Dombey and Son's early nineteenth-century sensibility very charming. The novel's sentimental plot appeals to a reader's hopes for redemption or justice in this life, for the finding of true love, and for other kinds of balance. Readers who have never believed in, or who no longer can muster hope for, such happy endings as occur in Dombey and Son will probably reject the novel as silly.
The novel is long but nonetheless inadequate in its attention to characters. Captain Cuttle, although one of Dickens's more colorful and memorable characters, gets far more attention than he deserves considering his minor role in the book. Other more important characters, mainly Walter Gay and Paul Dombey, Jr., are absent for most of the novel. Mr. Dombey's depiction, too, is not particularly well developed: readers are permitted to see very little of Dombey's life as a businessman. Other minor characters such as Rob the Grinder, Mr. Toots, Mrs. Brown, and the elder Carker brother appear frequently but contribute little to the reader's understanding of Florence Dombey and her father.
Probably as many readers will object to the novel's conflicted depiction of women as will to its extravagant plot. Florence Dombey and Edith Granger, Mr. Dombey's second wife, represent two types of women. Florence is a girl and later a young woman whose happiness depends exclusively on her success at pleasing the men in her life, regardless of how they may treat her. Edith Granger's happiness, on the other hand, depends on her success in pleasing herself and living her life according to the dictates of her conscience. That such a woman as Edith could find in Florence someone to admire and, in the time of her greatest unhappiness as Mrs. Dombey, to live for, is probably the most unbelievably sentimental aspect of the novel. How can readers accept that a woman's happiness can be achieved either through living to make men happy OR through living according to one's conscience? Surely one of these characters deserves the author's condemnation yet neither clearly receives it.
If you've never read Dickens, you should consider reading a different novel first because Dombey and Son is probably not one of his best. If, however, you are interested in nineteenth-century ideas about women, you will find this novel useful.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr voluminös, aber gut, 21. April 2009
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Dombey and Son (Penguin Classics)Dombey and Son (Wordsworth Classics)

Nimmt man den bei "Gutenberg Projekt" abgelegten Text als Referenz, so
erscheinen beide Taschenbuchausgaben (abgesehen von der Papierqualität inhaltlich ziemlich identisch auch die Illustrationen) gekürzt. Ist der längere Text derjenige, welcher zunächst in monatlichen Folgen erschien? Hat Dickens selbst die Kürzungen für die Buchausgabe vorgenommen?

!!! Als Ergänzung kann ich die unentgeltliche Hörbuchausgabe von "Librivox" sehr empfehlen. Naturgemäß sind die Lesungen bei Librivox von sehr unterschiedlicher Güte (auch aufnahmetechnisch), aber diese kann sich wirklich sehen lassen, sie ist sogar großartig und wäre auch kommerziell ein Erfolg.!!!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Bag of Wind, 8. Januar 1999
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This book was the most boring piece of crap I have ever read. Just because Dicken's wrote some good pieces does not mean all of his works belong in the Hall of Fame. This might have been better in serial form, but not in a full book. I can only recommend this book to insomniacs.
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