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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.
For me, this is not among the best of Dickens' works, but overall still a good read. The typical strands within the overall tale turn this into a Victorian version of a soap opera;... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Mr. J. M. Haines
Not Dickens best, but interesting once you get past the confusing beginning.Published 1 month ago by Terrence S. Johnson
What a CLASSIC! And so good to read again after so many years- after being suggested to me by my fav. author, Micheal Maxwell, I am so glad I re-read it! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rae Long
An excellent adaptation of Dickens. Watch it and see why.Published 3 months ago by Richard Mccrystal
I like most Dickens. This one is hard for me to gt into. After about 100 pages I quit. Maybe will try again somedayPublished 4 months ago by Dan Westmoreland