Review: Dombey and Son

20 Jul

Dombey and Son
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I didn’t enjoy Dombey and Son. The novel is yet another one of Dickens’ sentimental overwritten books. Although the themes of Dombey and Son are quite deep;the value of money, women’s place from business, women’s place from their husband’s pride, unfortunately the themes are tackled in a childish way. Giving the popularity of Dickens in his day, this would maybe explain something about the Manichean Victorian mentality and why this kind of stories appealed to it.

One of the things that have been hinted on in the story is that Dombey’s wealth and fortune come from the colony Barbados, hence very likely slavery. In this case this would strike a great irony as Dombey’s haughtiness due to his money would be all built on the meanness of invading and looting someone else’s property and the cruelty of even taking these people for slaves.

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