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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.
An exciting read delivered to your Kindle in a clean accurate format.Published 6 days 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 8 days 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 20 days 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 20 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Murph