21 Jan 2020
Walter saves his uncle from debt. An humbling experience for Walter , an opportunity to throw an air of superiority for Mr. Dombey, a damsel in distress to see her knight in despair that was Florence, a Major who stokes the flame of Dombey’s vanity. That was the drama that unfolded in chapter 11. There is never a dull moment. Chapter 12 takes a bleak look at education!
14 Jan 2020
Charles Dickens doesn’t give you a breather. New characters and plots are thrown at you at a vigorous pace but I want to imagine what it would have been like waiting for it when it first came out as a monthly feature back in 1846.
Today I dealt with debt and not much as changed in the way it is handled then and now.
9 Jan 2020
The horror of being separated from your loved ones, the brilliance of a young child questioning the stupidity of a moral story and a not so friendly boarding house for kids. One interesting character after another are thrown at you page after page. 8 chapters in an I highly recommend it.
2 Jan 2020
It was the holiday season and so my audiobooks took a break too. Today I was back to the Charles Dickens world and to a christening of little Dombey and the scene is set comically sombre!
Today also sets the scene where Richards takes a detour to meet her children. I am always fascinated with the way the scene and the characters are described by the author. You can smell the stench of the docks and listen to the hustle and bustle of the streets. Would it be different if I was reading rather than listening?
20 Dec 2019
It has been a slow progress and I only got 39 more hours with this book!
This book has been churning up colourful characters and just when you think you get a break and out pops Susan!
Looking forward to the life of Richards, the wet nurse!
18 Dec 2019
This audio book is 41 hours long and I’m sure I’m going to thoroughly enjoy it. Within the first 15 minutes this book got me laughing. The narrator Owen Teale is doing an excellent job.
Anno domini not…it’s anno Dombey
17 Dec 2019
A promising start and already my knowledge of the English language seems to be deficient.
15 Dec 2019
The final chapter and surprisingly was about meditation. Probably a good idea too!
11 Dec 2019
Metaphysics and romance!
10 Dec 2019
Chapter 19 raises the question of whether we hack the machines or whether the machines are hacking us. What does your step count, heart rate, breathing, the places we visit, the people we meet, all got to do with someone or something slowly hacking away into your life?
I slide into chapter 20 and out comes the Bagwad Gita.
6 Dec 2019
Woke up this morning to the news that the four men accused of rape in India were killed in a police encounter. While the emotionally charged atmosphere in India may be satiated with this news, I shudder to think of the ‘mob justice’ brought down upon them four. I want justice and through proper channels.
And today I drop into chapter 17- Justice.
2 Dec 2019
27 Nov 2019
A subtle move to terrorism, followed by lengthy discussion about war and its advantages and disadvantages! A bit of an eye opener when he deliberately belittles the attack on the twin towers.
26 Nov 2019
Pros and cons of religion discussed and casually moves on to immigration. An interesting debate proceeds along the subject of immigration, integration, questions of differences, racism and cultralism! Turned out to be an interesting listen.
25 Nov 2019
Yesterday was nuclear war, today is about climate change. Seems to be a common theme for his books!
21 Nov 2019
Let the Facebook bashing begin and add in a touch of AI and algorithms. Discuss about human physical and mental disconnect and let the reader ponder about whether they should delete their social media accounts or just get on with it.
14 Nov 2019
A classic YNH move- philosophy and self-driven cars. Thought experiment on ethics as applied to autonomous vehicles.
12 Nov 2019
I’ve started my cold and cloudy day with the author painting a rather bleak future with the raise of Artificial Intelligence and a bleaker future for those not embracing it. Supposition overdrive expected in the coming chapters.
9 Nov 2019
“Walls and firewalls are back in vogue”….nice!
Who has a good story to tell? Well, 5 mins into part 1 and I’m reminded of Game of Thrones!
8 Nov 2019:
Just what the doctor ordered..this book fits right in between Brexit and the upcoming UK general elections!