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Dombey and Son

by Charles Dickens

Not Dickens most famous work but all the elements of greatness are there.
Unforgettable characters, razor sharp insights into human nature and moments that will break your heart.
If you don't fall in love with little Florence and root for her you've got serious humanity issues.
I can't get enough of Dickens and this is a great book.

Reviewed on 2012.02.07

The Innocents Abroad

by Mark Twain

This early effort from Twain should not be taken lightly. We are thoroughly entertained from start to finish and Twain's creative mind and his humor is as good as anything else he wrote.

While is wit is razor sharp his judgment however is not developed as in his later work. I've read most of Twain's work and I know he was not a racist. This book however comes off very racist as every culture he encounters is ridiculed.

There is an awful passage where he describes the deformed and handicapped of Constantinople that will make you cringe. Ignore these lapses in judgment (if you can).

This is otherwise a very fine work.

Reviewed on 2011.04.01

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