For someone reading Dickens for the first time one of the other books would be better eg Bleak House. The main story line is a bit limited , and Mr Dombey's character so flawed as to be hardly credible likewise the character of his second wife Edith. But some of the secondary characters such as Captain Cottle, and some of the scenes depicted are brilliantly done.
Dickens at his best. Dickens is an all round story teller. Well drawn characters. Good description of scenes and situations so that the readers imagination is stimulated and places the reader in the centre of things..
Having read this book at school and seen the BBC production I have now re-read the book. I enjoyed it much more than the TV production. I think it was one his earlier works and it seems evident in the style.
My favourite Dickens; it is a little poignant for some and, as so often in Dickens, a wasted or used life. But the characters, particularly Captain Cuttle, and the hubris of Dombey, make for a great tale.