Our Mutual Friend #2020

Our Mutual Friend By Charles Dickens Our Mutual Friend A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust heap where the rich throw their trash When the body of John Harmon the dust heap

  • Title: Our Mutual Friend
  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • ISBN: 9780375761140
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
  • Our Mutual Friend By Charles Dickens A satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust heap where the rich throw their trash When the body of John Harmon, the dust heap s expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new heights Noddy Boffin, a low born but kindly clerk who becomes the Golden DustmA satiric masterpiece about the allure and peril of money, Our Mutual Friend revolves around the inheritance of a dust heap where the rich throw their trash When the body of John Harmon, the dust heap s expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new heights Noddy Boffin, a low born but kindly clerk who becomes the Golden Dustman Charles Dickens s last complete novel, Our Mutual Friend encompasses the great themes of his earlier works the pretensions of the nouveaux riches, the ingenuousness of the aspiring poor, and the unfailing power of wealth to corrupt all who crave it With its flavorful cast of characters and numerous subplots, Our Mutual Friend is one of Dickens s most complex and satisfying novels.
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    1. Charles Dickens

      Charles John Huffam Dickens 7 February 1812 9 June 1870 was an English writer and social critic He created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from

    653 thoughts on “Our Mutual Friend”

    1. I listened to this for the first time on audio And I know I m not supposed to do that with first time books because I can t comprehend audio as the first read I already have the book in my wishlist But I couldn t stop listening to it because the marrator Simon Vance was freaking amazing His voice was perfect for the book Um, I have it in my audible wishlist too He gets all the stars Now I m hoping my re read will bring this up to 5 stars when I can use my brain Just another book I would never ha [...]


    2. Although not quite the equal of those great late works Bleak House and Little Dorrit, this last completed novel of Charles Dickens has much to recommend it It is particularly memorable for its symbolism, the way it uses a series of dust mounds huge heterogeneous piles of waste, primarily of cinders and ash, waiting to be recycled as bricks owned by the Golden Dustman to represent great fortunes, their barrenness and avarice, and their harmful effects on an increasingly money mad society It also [...]


    3. Anyone familiar with LOST understands where I m coming from here, but just in case you re stuck under a rock and have never watched the show looking at you, Josiah the above cupcake image is the character, Desmond Hume Our Mutual Friend is associated with him on the show it s the one book he claims he will read before he dies and we find later he has named his boat wait for it Our Mutual Friend.With that said, this connection to LOST is absolutely not the reason why I decided to read this book A [...]


    4. In completing Our Mutual Friend, I believe that I may well have just finished reading the finest book written in the English language One could perhaps argue that the prose of Austen in her novel Emma is perfect but the plotting and characters of Dickens in Our Mutual Friend is exquisite Our Mutual Friend rivals Tolstoy s War and Peace in breadth, scope, scale, and number of characters but while War and Peace proceeds forward majestically in a linear fashion Our Mutual Friend, like Dickens Circ [...]


    5. He do the Police in different voices I will show you fear in a handful of dust Trash Inc The Secret Life of GarbageOur Mutual FriendWhat do we have here but mounds of dust garbage and an old rascal who made his money by Dust , who grew rich as a Dust Contractor, and lived in a hollow in a hilly country entirely composed of Dust On his own small estate the growling old vagabond threw up his own mountain range, like an old volcano, and its geological formation was Dust Coal dust, vegetable dust, b [...]


    6. Our Mutual Friend In Two Volumes , Charles Dickens 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 savage satire with social analysis It centres on, in the words of critic J Hillis Miller quoting from the character Bella Wilfer in the book , money, money, money, and what money can make of life In the opening chapters a body is found in the Thames and identified as that of John Harmon, a young ma [...]


    7. Money Filthy lucre The love of money may be the root of all evil, but money, whether you like it or not Dickens tells us, is also Our Mutual Friend.Nothing misses Dickens s sharp penetrating eye In this final completed novel he is at his most astute, most bitter, and most brilliantly sardonic We no longer have the posturing and hectoring tone of the earlier novels, but a much nuanced writing style Dickens has honed his skills to perfection, using his sarcasm and wit to entertain in the blackest [...]


    8. If you have ever read Charles Dickens, you will know that his plot lines, characters, and literary devices are myriad, and for my thinking, Our Mutual Friend might employ of those than any other of his novels that I have read In the beginning, this made the thread a little harder to keep untangled, but in the end, it served his purposes beautifully.There are, for your entertainment, two major love stories, a mysterious imposter, a murderer or two, a few men of nefarious occupation, a couple of [...]


    9. Before , before the Internet aka the dark ages I kept a list of Books Read and I ve finally added them all in here On that list is Our Mutual Friend The title is right there, in my handwriting So I must have read it As it is 900 pages long, you would think I d remember it, but I don t In fact I had thought it was the one remaining Big Dickens I hadn t read was saving it for a rainy day, or 90 rainy days Now I am wondering if I was possibly not sober when I added it to my Books Read list, and I d [...]


    10. Un eterna ghirlanda brillanteDice Dickens che esistono giorni nella vita per cui vale la pena vivere e morire forse, esagerando un po , si pu anche dire che esistono opere per cui vale la pena vivere e morire e in tal caso questa una.Leggete Dickens Lo so, i suoi romanzi hanno tante pagine Questo ne ha pi di mille Viviamo tempi cos frenetici che anche ci che facciamo nel tempo libero, che sia intrattenimento o qualcosa di pi , lo vogliamo consumare nel pi breve tempo possibile, perch non abbiamo [...]


    11. No one who can read, ever looks at a book, even unopened on a shelf, like one who cannot I have certainly been looking at Our Mutual Friend on my TBR shelf for years He kept shaking my fist at it, muttering One day, damn you One day Started July 5th, finished August 20th, that is almost two months It took so long because it is over 800 pages in length, and I read it mostly it in audiobook format On my commutes to work, which means no progress most weekends Towards the end of the book, I also sta [...]


    12. Better to read Dickens in week long rushes serialised readers, without the aid of Wiki or plot recaps, will have to summon the heroic powers of recall commonly the resource of Victorian bookworms How torturous to be put on tenterhooks for months as to John Rokesmith s identity enigma, to think of the vagabond Wegg ruining the sweet old Mr Boffin Perhaps now, at the end of my Monster Dickens reading, it is pertinent to ask of these novels page turners of their day, morally instructional entertain [...]


    13. 3.5 starsSPOILERS What I learned from this book in no particular order 1 You can use the same adjective 19 times in a short chapter to describe a single character and still be considered a great literary stylist Yes, I get it, Mr Dickens Bella s adorable father is CHERUBIC.2 It is perfectly acceptable to deceive your wife to be, and even marry her under an assumed identity, for the noble purpose of ascertaining her moral worthiness 3 Once you are convinced that she is no gold digger, she can be [...]


    14. italiano sotto So far, my favourite among Dickens s books it made me want to read them all in order of writing, why not.It makes you laugh, it makes you think, it makes you move And it makes you wonder And it makes you admire.And it disorientates you.From halfway on, you are less disoriented But in the meantime you have come to love Mr and Mrs Boffin.Then the central theme seems to become the corruption or the risk of corruption, the fear and the charm of corruption that money brings with it So [...]


    15. I first read Our Mutual Friend when I was thirteen years old, and I awarded it five stars on based on my memory of that first read I always remembered this as my favourite Charles Dickens novel, and I am still strongly of that opinion If I could award it yet another five stars, I would This is a classic masterpiece.Yards of literary analysis has been written about this book over the decades, and I could not possibly compete with those who have written before me After all, English Literature was [...]


    16. I don t know if I was supertired or Dickens gawt slawppy, but I spent three pages last night thinking I was reading about the inner life of a dinner table the family had nicknamed Twemlow.The confusing to passage There was an innocent piece of dinner furniture that went upon easy castors and was kept over a livery stable yard in Duke Street, Saint James s, when not in use, to whom the Veneerings were a source of blind confusion The name of this article was Twemlow Being first cousin to Lord Snig [...]



    17. Bello bello bello L ultimo lavoro compiuto, prima della morte, del vecchio Charles , a detta di molti, il romanzo che gli conferisce il diritto di essere annoverato, al pari di Shakespeare, tra i pi grandi autori britannici della Storia.Dickens noto universalmente per i suoi romanzi sociali e di formazione, e Il nostro comune amico non fa eccezione, e in pi porta con s un giallo, una morte misteriosaQuesta volta molto difficile recensire senza svelarne la trama Accanto a dei netti protagonisti t [...]


    18. 3.5 starsThe way this book started gave me chills Imagine a dark night in which a young woman is rowing a boat on the Thames, her father, a gruff man, steering the boat as he searches the murky water for drowned bodies that he can rob before tying them to his boat and dragging them to shore to turn them over to the authorities for a fee The daughter keeps her gaze averted as her father leans over the boat and finally snags a body He yells at her to watch him, her face a frozen mask as she watche [...]


    19. It s many a year since I picked up this book, and reading it through it now I did find myself wondering whether this was a favourite of Samuel Beckett s After all it s the novel with three large dust piles sat in a yard which may, or may not, contain valuables and a one legged, literary man who scours through them It is certainly echoed in Happy Days Further there is a young old, tiny and crippled maker of clothes for dolls, and a character with a death like name who as his homicidal rages incre [...]


    20. 4.5 This reminds me, Godmother, to ask you a serious question You are as wise as wise can be having been brought up by the fairies , and you can tell me this Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it, or never to have had it At first look, Our Mutual Friend seems to be a brick of a Victorian novel where the themes of family life, marriage, class and money will be treated in a strong fashion This is correct and yet this description doesn t even scratch the surface of this amazing book.Dic [...]


    21. Revisit.Dickens last completed novel, when one comes to think of it, is essentially about money Society revolves around it status pretty much comes with it , as do individuals, each in their own way, be it the off putting and also somewhat pathetic drunk who wants some for his three pennyworths of rum , or a pair of swindlers of sorts also off putting because of their acts though perhaps, not of themselves who seek their fortune a secret money lender who enjoys tormenting his so called friends t [...]


    22. The white face of the winter day came sluggishly on, veiled in a frosty mist and the shadowy ships in the river slowly changed to black substances and the sun, blood red on the eastern marshes behind dark masts and yards, seemed filled with the ruins of a forest it had set on fire.Seven months of nibbles, most of these clusters, all braced with serious efforts to remember characters, enlisting and rereading, rather often, entire chapters I m glad I read such, though I felt most of the characters [...]



    23. traffic in Shares is the one thing to have to do with in this world.Have no antecedents, no established character, no cultivation, no ideas, no manners have Shares This is no contemporary character comment on those bankers, stags and scalpers whose insatiable appetite has so strongly disagreed with all our stomachs this is rather how Charles Dickens describes the social circle of the Veneerings, a prodigious upstart couple, in his 1864 65 novel Our Mutual Friend, his last completed novel and one [...]


    24. I wasn t sure that I was going to review this novel at all, because it s such a novel It s intimidating enough to look at, let alone to read, let alone to write about This decision, upon whether I would write a review for it or not, was pending until I struck upon the following One of Mr Dancer s richest escretoires was found to be a dung heap in the cow house a sum but little short of two thousand five hundred pounds was contained in this rich piece of manure Well, as I toppled over, laughing i [...]


    25. John Harmon is found dead in the Thames River.But wait a minute,since he s the main character of the book, this would be a very short novel it is 800 pages long.Of course,it s not really him.The body identified as John and thought to be a murder victim,was a friend.And Harmon is heir to his wealthy but cruel father s, estate,in the dust business they make bricks from it.John has to marry a woman he s not seen since childhood, in order to collect.So he waits to claim his fortune.Things become co [...]


    26. Although it is probably an impossible question to answer, if anyone asks me what is the best book you have ever read , my answer is always Our Mutual Friend I have read it three times, and you really should read it at least once I ve recently completed my fourth reading of this, my favourite book of all time.I ve enjoyed it every bit as much this time aroundI love the story itself, the messages it gives about avarice, jealousy, pride, snobbery and greed, and about the dangers of putting the love [...]


    27. Dickens last completed book, Our Mutual Friend is one of his lightest comparatively and most hopeful novels While still confronting the dichotomy between the rich and the poor in England, Dickens writes a winning love story, as if wishing to end his literary career on a hopeful note.


    28. As Dickens got older, his novels were getting gloomier, either the themes or the tones In Our Mutual Friend, the readers are taken to the dark side of Victorian society And by dark, I do not always mean the world of the working class In fact, here we re served with the high class society, whose obsession with money disgusts me as the reader Come to the dinner table of Mr Veneering and you ll know what I mean.The main plot since there are a couple of plots here is about a gentleman named John Har [...]


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