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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 kindle_edition edition.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 23710 KB
- Publication Date : March 10, 2020
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B085G4Z8RH
- Publisher : Open Road Media (March 10, 2020)
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- Word Wise : Enabled
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- Print Length : 832 pages
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MCL is a collection of well made pocket sized classics. Pocket sized doesn't quite describe this particular book as it is two inches thick! That's not a complaint. The fat volumes are especially charming. They're still portable. I have a same sized Collectors Library copy of Bleak House that has been carried around for two read throughs.
I am at times puzzled by the people MacMillan chooses to write their introductions or afterwords. I've read ones from people who don't like the work, don't get the point, or can't see past their own worldview enough to write a decent introduction. I am very pleased they had Lucinda Dickens Hawksley do the afterword for this one. She is Charles Dickens great-great-great-grandaughter. She talks about the events in the later part of Dickens' life and how they are thematic elements in the novel. She does this without giving away the plot which I appreciate because I am one who reads introductions or afterwords before I read the book.
This is a beautiful edition of Dickens' last completed novel.
I have no complaint with Mr. Dickens, but if you are looking for a pleasant reading experience, make sure that you are getting a real book from a known publisher (I have since been able to get a Penguin edition, which I highly recommend) and not a rip-off from someone trying to make a buck on out-of-copyright texts.
I chose this particular edition over the myriad of others that are available because it included an introduction by Nick Hornby, whose books I love. Sadly, I could have done without Mr. Hornby's introduction. After disparaging many contemporary writers (and there are many out there who may feel rightly so, but I don't feel the was the appropriate forum to voice this opinion), he then went on to state ". . . it is only fair to warn you that Our Mutual Friend - his last completed novel - is in the opinion of many, including this writer, far from his best." Perhaps the publishers should have looked a little harder to find someone who actually likes and respects the novel to write an introduction, rather than go with a popular writer who clearly does not.
Also included in this edition was a list of characters and some charming illustrations. I don't know if the list of characters is standard in all editions, but I found it invaluable as I read the first half of the book. Trying to keep track of something like two dozen principal characters while trying to follow the story would have been near impossible for me without this tool.
So let me sum up my rating: 5 stars for the work by Dickens, and 1 star for the introduction by Nick Hornby.
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His prose is also sometimes curiously mannered. He has lists of things which he repeats in numerous consecutive sentences. At other times he writes in a kind of shorthand using incomplete sentences. However, these eccentricities aside, it is as good an example of his work as many others. There are plenty of characters and caricatures to enjoy and many sub-plots to follow. As ever, you can trust Dickens to bring them all to a conclusion by the last page. He is also pleasingly sarcastic about social conventions, politics and money.
There is no need to reveal any of the plot except to say that the action takes place in London and is centred around the river Thames. If you like Dickens, you will not be disappointed.
The eBook itself only gets ** (2 stars) because of the number of punctuation errors (over 40 - admittedly in a very long book) that I found. These consisted almost entirely of missing quotation marks to show the reader where the speeches began and ended, which was very irritating. I assume that the printed pages had been scanned in and spell checked but not proof read - poor editing.
It feels like someone has dictated it and not edited it.
If I could I'd get my money back.