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Our Mutual Friend, Part 1

by Charles Dickens

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A novel with diverse sub-plots that are intricately and ingeniously linked together. Like all other fine works of Dickens, this novel also has a brooding atmosphere and the characters are put to severe moral tests. Centring on the theme of money and how the power of money can change and shape lives, it is an intricate mystery that unravels revealing the true characters.… (more)
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Dickens and his wonderful use of language. If he lived today, he would probably be a software programmer, writing code the way he wrote English. None of this modern, "The clock stopped". Instead, he gives us "a sun-dial on a church-wall has the look...of having failed in its business enterprise and stopped payment for ever." Or describing some crooked graveyard markers, "...and the tombstones; some of the latter droopingly inclined from the perpendicular, as if they were ashamed of the lies they told." Wow.

This volume comprises the first part of the novel, ending with Mrs. Lammle warning Twemlow. It is indeed wonderful to read Dickens this way...instead of one huge massive novel, it seems closer to the experience his devoted readers had as they waited for his next installment. Anticipation of Lizzie, the Boffins (those wonderful Boffins), Headstone, and Wegg...oh my, what will happen next? And how many more characters will he bring into the story?

With camels representing the nouveau riche, Dickens attacks those self-centered yuppies, who live in self-centered worlds based on self-centered show rather than basic practicality. The Veneerings, with their names of varnish, and then the introduction of PODSNAPPERY...all of them fitting quite nicely into the 21st century...with 19th century sarcasm.

"You hear, Eugene? You are deeply interested in lime."
PAUSE
"Without lime," returned that unmoved barrister-at-law, "my existence would be unilluminated by a ray of hope."

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A novel with diverse sub-plots that are intricately and ingeniously linked together. Like all other fine works of Dickens, this novel also has a brooding atmosphere and the characters are put to severe moral tests. Centring on the theme of money and how the power of money can change and shape lives, it is an intricate mystery that unravels revealing the true characters.

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