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Our Mutual Friend
     

Our Mutual Friend

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by Charles Dickens, William Frost (Editor), Marcus Stone (Illustrator)
 

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Our Mutual Friend (written in the years 1864-65) is the last novel completed by Charles Dickens and is one of his most sophisticated works, combining psychological insight with social analysis. It centers on, "money, money, money, and what money can make of life" but is also about human values. In the opening chapters a body is found in the Thames and identified as

Overview

Our Mutual Friend (written in the years 1864-65) is the last novel completed by Charles Dickens and is one of his most sophisticated works, combining psychological insight with social analysis. It centers on, "money, money, money, and what money can make of life" but is also about human values. In the opening chapters a body is found in the Thames and identified as John Harmon, a young man recently returned to London to receive his inheritance. Were he alive, his father's will would require him to marry Bella Wilfer, a beautiful, mercenary girl whom he had never met. Instead, the money passes to the working-class Boffins, and the effects spread into various corners of London society. Marcus Stone illustrated the Library Edition of Great Expectations for Chapman and Hall in 1862, and then went on to replace Phiz as the illustrator for Dickens's next monthly-number serial, Our Mutual Friend.

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 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.” —George Orwell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781450546867
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(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

Charles Dickens was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and one of the most popular of all time. He created some of literature's most iconic characters, with the theme of social reform running throughout his work. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.

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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Our Mutual Friend- 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading another Dickens classic. Unfortunately this free version is unreadable. Once sgain, Iappreciate the effort to make these classics available in electronic format, but it's so disappointing to have the reading experience msr by the lack of quality control. I've always believed that if you are going to do something at least give it your best effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mistaken identity, love, lust, murder - this book has it all. The characters are exquisitly portrayed. You'll fall in love with Bella Wilfer, Lizzie Hexam, and Eugene Wrayburn! Definitely worth the reading!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This ebook is totally garbled and unreadable--I tried reading it on the Nook Classic, Nook for PC, and Nook for Android with no luck.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are so many typos and added punctuation that this ebook is unintelligible gibberish.
LostInReading More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, then this is the book I recommend. This book has the illustrations by Marcus Stone. You will love this book and treasure it--pass this classic tale on to others. Needless to say, Dickens stories will live forever.
CalmAudison 12 months ago
First of all, it is unthinkable that any objective person would rate this version of the book more than one star. If there are any reviews on here that exceed one star, I would guess they were left by this book's compilers, or refer exclusively to Dickens' original story, not this representation of the book. I bought this "annotated" version for a deluxe experience, but what I got is a poorly re-typed copy of Our Mutual Friend. The text is riddled with typos and doesn't even use paragraphs. All the lines are justified fully left. The only annotation in the book is a three-page biography of Dickens which was cut and pasted from the web. This book is as much a scam as a fake watch from Times Square, and while it might be possible to decipher the story, the book itself will reduce the enjoyment of anyone who doesn't enjoy being ripped off. I bought the book sight unseen and had it shipped to my home when the physical store didn't have any copies of Our Mutual Friend. I don't believe anyone who understands how books are supposed to work would choose to buy this one after looking inside. I'm surprised that merchandise of this quality is available through Barnes & Noble, and I hope that when they realize what's being sold here, they will stop offering this version of the book.
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Incorrectly converted words
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Finally a version of this great book which is readable! Not perfect, but good. Our Mutual Friend is (in my opinion) more exciting, faster paced, and much more optimistic than Dicken's other works. With the exception of A Christmas Carol, this is his "easiest read". BBC's version of his book is also very good.
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I really want to read this,and since its free i will
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