Our Mutual Friend
A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust-heap where the rich throw their trash. When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap’s expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new... show more
A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust-heap where the rich throw their trash. When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap’s expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new heights “Noddy” Boffin, a low-born but kindly clerk who becomes “the Golden Dustman.” Charles Dickens’s last complete novel, Our Mutual Friend encompasses the great themes of his earlier works: the pretensions of the nouveaux riches, the ingenuousness of the aspiring poor, and the unfailing power of wealth to corrupt all who crave it. With its flavorful cast of characters and numerous subplots, Our Mutual Friend is one of Dickens’s most complex—and satisfying—novels.
Publish date: September 10th 2002
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 801
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.