I'm almost done. For most of the length of this novel, it has been a slog for me. I'm not sure whether Steven-itis is contagious (so that the problem is me) or if Dombey and Son is really just not all that interesting. The novel never really seems to "catch fire." For me, it was consistently slow, wordy, sometimes unbearably sentimental. I agree with you, Joffre, about the narrator apostrophizing. The natural climax of the novel is Carker's death, which one would expect to be followed by a marriage or two and a generally happy ending. Alas, there's something like 100 more pages (which I am in the middle of now). I'll write more after I'm done.
The only other thing I have to say is that Dombey and Son has caused me to re-think whether I actually want to read all of Dickens' novels. Life is short.
: Well, I finished. Although, after the first 200 pages,
: I didn't dislike the book, I think it does lift David
: Copperfield off the bottom spot on my Dickens list. I
: found the apostrophizing of death and the dog and
: whatever else, rather annoying. I didn't mind
: characters apostrophizing, but I did mind the narrator
: doing so. I also found other authorial comments
: annoying. I didn't make not of any but they were such
: things as, oh, that Dombey could see what love he
: neglects. I also found passages too sentimental even
: for Dickens. There were, of course, good things too,
: though I find it harder to name them. There were
: scenes and characters I quite enjoyed.
: Random comments:
: Carker's death reminded me of the death of Lolita's
: I wondered about the psychology of Florence. These
: days we'd think she was supposed to become involved
: with Carker to get daddy's attention. Or be in a girls
: gone wild video. Amusing to think of Florence gone
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