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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.
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 5 days ago by Staunton
If you already know you like Charles Dickens, you'll enjoy this book. I'd say it's one of the funnier I've read. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jane Simpson
I had not read it before I fell in love with a BBC production of a few years ago. This fills in and shows how the production was adjusted, as they always are. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Murph
I love Dickens. Reading him is like wrapping up in a warm comforter on a snowy night. This book is darker than others, there's more of a sense of foreboding that hangs around... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Justareader
Interesting book, but not up to the standards of a good dickens book.Published 1 month ago by Hagar_08
This is a reproduction of the 1937 Nonesuch edition and it's a very large book, about the size of a tombstone in a pet graveyard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by reading man