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Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance - outdated Harmon's ecocnomic airborne dirt and dust tons - and its legatees, younger John Harmon, presumed drowned while a physique is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults. With awesome satire, Dickens portrays a gloomy, macabre London, inhabited by way of such disparate characters as Gaffer Hexam, scavenging the river for corpses; captivating, mercenary Bella Wilfer; the social-climbing Veneerings; and the unscrupulous street-trader Silas Wegg. the radical is richly symbolic in its imaginative and prescient of loss of life and renewal in a urban ruled by means of the fetid Thames, and the corrupting energy of cash. Our Mutual buddy makes use of textual content of the 1st quantity version of 1865 and comprises unique illustrations, a chronology and revised additional studying. As Adrian Poole writes in his creation to this new version, 'In its tremendous scope and threatening objectives it has a lot in universal with Bleak House and Little Dorrit, yet its demeanour is extra stealthy, on side, enigmatic.'
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