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Our Mutual Friend (Modern Library Classics)

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Charles Dickens

Our Mutual Friendwas the last novel Charles Dickens completed and is, arguably, his darkest and most complex. The basic plot is vintage Dickens: an inheritance up for grabs, a murder, a rocky romance or two, plenty of skullduggery, and a host of unforgettable … see full wiki

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Author: Charles Dickens
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Modern Library
2 reviews about Our Mutual Friend (Modern Library Classics)
review by . July 02, 2012
Dickens was on the edge of powerful modern literature that his early death left for another century to open up in other, less imitable hands.  The tantalizing fragmentary signposts in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" show how far he might have been prepared to carry his craft (see Simmons' novel Drood for an interesting take on that direction, not just in his writing but in his life)  The sketches are taking shape in  "Our mutual Friend", his last completed novel.   …
review by . September 17, 2008
The filth upon which wealth and pomp can be constructed is a central image in this, Dickens's deepest and darkest novel. The tale revolves around an inheritance based on London's trash. The River Thames - a central personage in the novel - is a moody muddy cloaca of murders and misanthropy. Yes, there are love interests, tra la, and love does triumph, though the victory seems shadowed by the deception it involves. And there's the murder mystery, as murky as any detective fiction lover could wish. …
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