Our Mutual Friend
Out of the dust-heaps and dirty streets of mid-Victorian London Dickens creates a classic murder-mystery tale. A dead man is fished out of the Thames by a scavenger and his daughter. Who is he, and how did he get there? His death affects members of all levels of a society permeated by greed.... show more
Out of the dust-heaps and dirty streets of mid-Victorian London Dickens creates a classic murder-mystery tale. A dead man is fished out of the Thames by a scavenger and his daughter. Who is he, and how did he get there? His death affects members of all levels of a society permeated by greed. Dickens presents an array of characters both touching and humorous from Mr. Boffin, the "Golden" Dustman, to Jenny Wren the lame doll's dress-maker. It is a story enriched by disguise and intrigue, whilst the River Thames, symbolising both polluted and renewed life weaves through it all, in this, the last novel Dickens completed.
Publish date: February 1st 1998
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 884
Edition language: English
Aww. Just awww.What, you want a longer review? Oh, all right...Our Mutual Friend is Charles Dickens' last completed novel, and it's long been my favourite. It follows a large cast of characters, from the nouveau-riche Veneerings with their society dinners to old, poor Betty Higden, whose one remaini...
AcknowledgementsIntroductionA Dickens ChronologyFurther ReadingA Note on the Text--Our Mutual FriendExplanatory NotesAppendix 1: The IllustrationsAppendix 2: The Number Plans
bookshelves: britain-england, fraudio, play-dramatisation, victorian, published-1865, classic, winter20092010 Read in November, 2009 This Radio 4 adaption is good enough for an enjoyable taster but I still need to read the book. There must be oh so much genius lying on the cutting room floor afte...
I figured the rest of my Dickens reading would be a consistent 2 stars, but I blanked out after about two chapters and just kept turning pages. I probably wouldn't even know the basic story if I didn't read the wikipedia plot summary.
Just heard a terrific argument for reading this last (it was his last book) and I don't want to forget it. Read this last.