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Harmon's death is the catalyst for everything else that happens in the novel. It seems the fortune was left to the young man on the condition that he marry a girl he'd never met, Bella Wilfer. His death, however, brings a new heir onto the scene, Nicodemus Boffin, the kind-hearted but low-born assistant to Harmon's father. Boffin and his wife adopt young Bella, who is determined to marry money, and also hire a mysterious young secretary, John Rokesmith, who takes an uncommon interest in their ward. Not content with just one plot, Dickens throws in a secondary love story featuring the riverman's daughter, Lizzie Hexam; a dissolute young upper-class lawyer, Eugene Wrayburn; and his rival, the headmaster Bradley Headstone. Dark as the novel is, Dickens is careful to leaven it with secondary characters who are as funny as they are menacing--blackmailing Silas Wegg and his accomplice Mr. Venus, the avaricious Lammles, and self-centered Charlie Hexam. Our Mutual Friend is one of Dickens's most satisfying novels, and a fitting denouement to his prolific career. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Not Dickens most widely read book, but a gem. I loved every page of it, and look forward to rereading it. Memorable characters, great quirks, all of his strengths as a writer.Published 12 days ago by Anthony Galvin
I love this book! My family has been a fan of Dickens for some time and this is a great addition to our collection. The seller was great to work with. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Meredith Falk
My sixth Dickens book I'm reading and love it! Dickens is pure literary gold!Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
An exciting read delivered to your Kindle in a clean accurate format.Published 1 month ago by Johnson
Loved it! Great story, very complex. The ending is so epic. It took me 6 months to read it, but it was definitely worth it.Published 1 month ago by Kate Hill
The first time I read this book was in sixth grade and I loved it then. I still love it now. Definitely a classic Dickens.Published 1 month ago by Madeline R.
I could not wait to finish this story- but in a good way. I loved this story, and feel that it might be my favorite Dickens story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shawna M. Bolze
I re-read this book after first reading it as an eleven year old many years ago. It is a delight, Dicken's humor and humanity make it hard to put down.Published 2 months ago by Staunton