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ISBN-13: 978-1481008532 ISBN-10: 1481008536

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481008536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481008532
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,444,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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English novelist known for his realistic and honest portrayal of the lower middle class. Gissing's work is marked by his keen observation and an eye for detail. In his life he experienced the harshness and cruelty of poverty which he describes in his writings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 31, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
It is becoming a rare treat to visit a walk-in used book store and find something wanted and unexpected. I recently had the opportunity to browse in an old used book store, stuffed with two floors of books, in the Capitol Hill section of Washington, D.C. I have the habit of looking for books by the late Victorian novelist George Gissing, (1857 -- 1903), and on this visit I found a surprise: a 1976 hardback edition of Gissing's little known book, "Our Friend the Charlatan" complete with an introduction, notes and variant manuscript readings by the Gissing scholar, Pierre Coustillas and illustrations by Launcelot Speed from the original edition of the book published in 1901. I was elated; finding the book made my day.

The edition I found does not seem to be available here on Amazon. Thus, I am doing the next best thing by reviewing the easily accessible kindle edition of "Our Friend the Charlatan". Gissing remains relatively unfamiliar to most readers, and this book is a rarity even to his admirers. The book was written late in the author's life. long after his novels set in the poor areas of London and his latter better-known books such as "New Grub Street" New Grub Street (Oxford World's Classics) and "The Odd Women" The Odd Women (Penguin Classics) On the whole, critics have not been kind to "Our Friend Charlatan". But I was glad to read the book.

The novel differs from most of Gissing in that it is a sharp political satire and in its setting: it is almost a drawing room novel set largely in rural England and told, as is typical for Gissing, largely in dialogue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sillybilly312 on August 9, 2013
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I think George Gissing is one of the great unknowns among English writers. However, he is very much an aquired taste. A knowledge of important social issues in England 1880-1890 also helps. Not Gissing's best by far. I would start with New Grub Street instead. For Gissing fans only.
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