By Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens's final whole novel and a wonderful satire spanning all degrees of Victorian society
Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance - outdated Harmon's ecocnomic dirt tons - and its legatees, younger John Harmon, presumed drowned whilst a physique is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults. With very good satire, Dickens portrays a gloomy, macabre London, inhabited via such disparate characters as Gaffer Hexam, scavenging the river for corpses; mesmerizing, mercenary Bella Wilfer; the social-climbing Veneerings; and the unscrupulous street-trader Silas Wegg. the unconventional is richly symbolic in its imaginative and prescient of demise and renewal in a urban ruled via the fetid Thames, and the corrupting strength of cash. Our Mutual buddy makes use of textual content of the 1st quantity variation of 1865 and contains unique illustrations, a chronology and revised extra interpreting. As Adrian Poole writes in his creation to this new version, 'In its huge scope and dangerous targets it has a lot in universal with Bleak House and Little Dorrit, yet its demeanour is extra stealthy, on area, enigmatic.'
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