Our Mutual Friend Paperback
Illustrated by Marcus Stone
Part of the Wordsworth Classics series
With an Introduction and Notes by Deborah Wynne, Chester College.
Illustrated by Marcus Stone. Our Mutual Friend, Dickens' last complete novel, gives one of his most comprehensive and penetrating accounts of Victorian society.
Its vision of a culture stifled by materialistic values emerges not just through its central narratives, but through its apparently incidental characters and scenes.
The chief of its several plots centres on John Harmon who returns to England as his father's heir.
He is believed drowned under suspicious circumstances - a situation convenient to his wish for anonymity until he can evaluate Bella Wilfer whom he must marry to secure his inheritance.
The story is filled with colourful characters and incidents - the faded aristocrats and parvenus gathered at the Veneering's dinner table, Betty Higden and her terror of the workhouse and the greedy plottings of Silas Wegg.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 832 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/05/1997
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781853261947
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Review by Telute
My favourite dickens. I feel in love with Eugene early on, and his quest to gain Lizze provides one of the two main plots. This is a double love story, as well as a tale of murder, money, greed and hatred. There is no more sinister villian in dickens than Bradley Headstone, and none more piteable. A huge book, but one to savour, its complexities resolve into an ending which is both satisfying and truthful. Dickens never did like to sugar over the realities of a situation and here he does his utmost to be faithful to the time and to give his readers hope for the future.