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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 the Paperback edition.
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 15 days ago by Justareader
Interesting book, but not up to the standards of a good dickens book.Published 25 days 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
Such a marvelous array of fully drawn characters. A real page-turner. Wonderful to read words again.Published 1 month ago by Frank Friedman
I enjoyed this book...less characters than usual for Dickens, but a good story.Published 1 month ago by poppyB
I usually love Dickens and look forward to reading any Dickens book that is new to me, but this is one of the most boring books I have ever experienced. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SDH