Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend

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by Charles Dickens
     
 

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"There's some things that I never found among the dust."

Dickens set his final full-scale masterpiece in 1860's London, creating dozens of memorable individuals: disreputable "waterside characters" who search the Thames for dead bodies, fabulously wealthy dustmen, idle lawyers and shady financiers.  See more details below

Overview

"There's some things that I never found among the dust."

Dickens set his final full-scale masterpiece in 1860's London, creating dozens of memorable individuals: disreputable "waterside characters" who search the Thames for dead bodies, fabulously wealthy dustmen, idle lawyers and shady financiers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

David Timson reads Dickens's last complete novel with a sense of fun. As always, Dickens creates a fabulous array of characters: the nouveau riche Veneerings, the dwarf who makes doll clothes, the bizarre schoolmaster, and the abysmally poor who trawl the Thames for bodies or daily sift the dust and dirt of Victorian England for a skimpy living. Timson's dramatic talents add dimension to each personality—just the sort of acting that makes an audio experience so satisfying. Naxos has done a fine job of abridging the book (Timson also reads the unabridged version on 28 CDs). Not much is lost in terms of plot and characterization, and Dickens's great satiric and social themes come through clearly: the plight and misery of the poor and the greed and heartless stupidity of the rich. If the abridgment seems a bit disjointed, it simply follows the novel's narrative style. This is a wonderful listen for Dickens fans and novices alike. (Mar.)

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From the Publisher
‘The great poet of the city. He was created by London’ 
—Peter Ackroyd

Adrian Poole writes in his introduction to this new edition, ‘In its vast scope and perilous ambitions it has much in common with Bleak House and Little Dorrit, but its manner is more stealthy, on edge, enigmatic’.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451502445
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1964
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

George Orwell
The fact that Dickens is always thought of as a caricaturist, although he was constantly trying to be something else, is perhaps the surest mark of his genius.
From the Publisher
‘The great poet of the city. He was created by London’
—Peter Ackroyd

Adrian Poole writes in his introduction to this new edition, ‘In its vast scope and perilous ambitions it has much in common with Bleak House and Little Dorrit, but its manner is more stealthy, on edge, enigmatic’.

Donna Tartt
I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I've not read yet

Meet the Author

Keith Hale is editor of Friends & Apostles: The Correspondence of Rupert Brooke and James Strachey, 1905-1914, published by Yale University Press, and author of the novels Cody and What Daniel Did with His Life, both available from Watersgreen House. He is also editor of a Brooke biography simply titled Rupert Brooke, a two-volume gay anthology titled Ode to Boy, a volume titled Edleston: Lord Byron's Boy Poems, and other works. He lives in Arkansas.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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