Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
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...I have to give Dickens credit: He sets Edith up as a classic evil stepmother, but instead, she reaches out to lonely, neglected Florence, and the two of them are happy in each other’s company...
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Dombey and Son, Charles Dickens’s story of a powerful man whose callous neglect of his family triggers his professional and personal downfall, showcases the author’s gift for vivid characterization and unfailingly realistic description. As Jonathan Lethem contends in his Introduction, Dickens’s “genius . . . is at one with the genius of the form of the novel itself: Dickens willed into existence the most capacious and elastic and versatile kind of novel that could be, one big enough for his vast sentimental yearnings and for every impulse and fear and hesitation in him that countervailed those yearnings too. Never parsimonious and frequently contradictory, he always gives us everything he can, everything he’s planned to give, and then more.” This Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the 1867 “Charles Dickens” edition.
 

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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of England's greatest writers. Best known for his classic serialized novels, such as "Oliver Twist", "A Tale of Two Cities", and "Great Expectations", Dickens wrote about the London he lived in, the conditions of the poor, and the growing tensions between the classes. He achieved critical and popular international success in his lifetime and was honored with burial in Westminster Abbey.
 
Published April 27, 2006 by Penguin. 1028 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History, Parenting & Relationships, Science & Math, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Radhika Jones on Jan 28 2012

...I have to give Dickens credit: He sets Edith up as a classic evil stepmother, but instead, she reaches out to lonely, neglected Florence, and the two of them are happy in each other’s company...

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