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Our Mutual Friend was 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 secondary characters. But in this final outing the author's heroes are more flawed, his villains more sympathetic, and the story as a whole more harrowing and less sentimental. The mood is set in the opening scene in which a riverman, Gaffer Hexam, and his daughter Lizzie troll the Thames searching for drowned men whose pockets Gaffer will rifle before turning the body over to the authorities. On this particular night Gaffer finds a corpse that is later identified as that of John Harmon, who was returning from abroad to claim a large fortune when he was apparently murdered and thrown into the river.

Harmon's death is the catalyst for everything else that happens in the novel. It seems the fortune was left to the young man on the condition that he marry a girl he'd never met, Bella Wilfer. His death, however, brings a new heir onto the scene, Nicodemus Boffin, the kind-hearted but low-born assistant to Harmon's father. Boffin and his wife adopt young Bella, who is determined to marry money, and also hire a mysterious young secretary, John Rokesmith, who takes an uncommon interest in their ward. Not content with just one plot, Dickens throws in a secondary love story featuring the riverman's daughter, Lizzie Hexam; a dissolute young upper-class lawyer, Eugene Wrayburn; and his rival, the headmaster Bradley Headstone. Dark as the novel is, Dickens is careful to leaven it with secondary characters who are as funny as they are menacing--blackmailing Silas Wegg and his accomplice Mr. Venus, the avaricious Lammles, and self-centered Charlie Hexam. Our Mutual Friend is one of Dickens's most satisfying novels, and a fitting denouement to his prolific career. --Alix Wilber

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Our Mutual Friend was 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 secondary characters. But in this final outing the author's heroes are more flawed, his villains more sympathetic, and the story as a whole more harrowing and less sentimental. The mood is set in the opening scene in which a riverman, Gaffer Hexam, and his daughter Lizzie troll the Thames searching for drowned men whose pockets Gaffer will rifle before turning the body over to the authorities. On this particular night Gaffer finds a corpse that is later identified as that of John Harmon, who was returning from abroad to claim a large fortune when he was apparently murdered and thrown into the river.

Harmon's death is the catalyst for everything else that happens in the novel. It seems the fortune was left to the young man on the condition that he marry a girl he'd never met, Bella Wilfer. His death, however, brings a new heir onto the scene, Nicodemus Boffin, the kind-hearted but low-born assistant to Harmon's father. Boffin and his wife adopt young Bella, who is determined to marry money, and also hire a mysterious young secretary, John Rokesmith, who takes an uncommon interest in their ward. Not content with just one plot, Dickens throws in a secondary love story featuring the riverman's daughter, Lizzie Hexam; a dissolute young upper-class lawyer, Eugene Wrayburn; and his rival, the headmaster Bradley Headstone. Dark as the novel is, Dickens is careful to leaven it with secondary characters who are as funny as they are menacing--blackmailing Silas Wegg and his accomplice Mr. Venus, the avaricious Lammles, and self-centered Charlie Hexam. Our Mutual Friend is one of Dickens's most satisfying novels, and a fitting denouement to his prolific career. --Alix Wilber


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Have no antecedents, no established character, no cultivation, no ideas, no manners; have Shares." This is no contemporary character comment on those bankers, stags and scalpers whose insatiable appetite has so strongly disagreed with all our stomachs; this is rather how Charles Dickens describes the social circle of the Veneerings, a prodigious upstart couple, in his 1864/65 novel "Our Mutual Friend", his last completed novel and one of his deepest works of fiction.

"Our Mutual Friend" tells no less than five stories, of which two shall be briefly touched here. On his death, avaricious Mr. Harmon, who made a fortune collecting and selling urban dust, bequeaths his fortune to his son John on condition that the young man is going to marry Bella Wilfer, a neighbourhood girl. When John Harmon, who, estranged from his tyrannical father, has spent most of his life abroad, returns to England, he falls victim to some criminals and is officially pronounced dead. According to Old Harmon's will the fortune now goes to the Boffins, a couple of simple-minded, yet decent and honest servants, who served the testator for long years. At first the Boffins seem to have some qualms about this pecuniary bliss - they even ask Miss Wilfer to live with them, labouring under the guilty impression that they ruined the young girl's prospects in life -, but by and by Mr. Boffin apparently changes under the influence of his newly-won wealth, becoming just such a mistrustful and hard-hearted miser as his former employer was. One of the victims of his harsh egoism is Mr.
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This is by far Dickens' most mature and engaging work. He always had trouble with heroines, so he was playing with fire by writing two major heroines in one novel. Happily, they are by far his best two. The transformation in Bella has been criticized, but I believe she never loses her individuality or independence--she just loves her man unconditionally. Nothing wrong with that. Lizzie is the most angelic character Dickens ever wrote, even more so than Amy Dorrit. Eugene Wrayburn is one of the most enigmatic and interesting heroes. He starts out like a Steerforth, but has an amazing redemption. Bradley Headstone is perhaps the creepiest character in literature. I also highly recommend the BBC production (shown in the US on Masterpiece theater). It is excellent. I actually would recommend this book for Dickens neophytes. It's impossible to put down.
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Wer sich dieser Tage auf die Suche nach einer deutschen Ausgabe von "Unser gemeinsamer Freund" macht, kann sich nicht lange des Eindrucks erwehren, er müsse zum "Friedhof der vergessenen Bücher" nach Barcelona reisen, um noch ein Exemplar ergattern zu können. So gut wie nie findet man eine vollständige Übersetzung, oder beide Bände des Buches. Wie schade dieser Umstand ist, wird der Leser dieser Rezension hoffentlich am Ende diesen Worten entnehmen können.
Mich selbst nun brachte nur ein gerüttelt Maß an Geduld, Glück und Unvernuft in den Besitz der wunderbaren Werkausgabe von Rütten & Loening, die mit den originalen Illustrationen und einer sehr, sehr guten Übersetzung gesegnet ist.

"Unser gemeinsamer Freund" ist Dickens' letzter vollendeter Roman. Und was für ein Roman! Vielschichtig, mitreißend, spannend, geheimnisvoll, bezaubernd, rührend, beinahe auf jeder Seite überzeugend und so aktuell wie nur je. Mit einem Wort: Dieser Roman macht glücklich.

Es ist die verwobene Geschichte John Harmons, der aus der Ferne nach London reist, um hier eine ihm unbekannte Frau zu ehelichen. Der verstorbene Vater Johns hatte diese Partie eingefädelt und zur Bedingung für die Auszahlung einer stattlichen Erbschaft gemacht. Doch John kommt nicht in den Besitz des Vermögens; vielmehr kommt er nur noch in den Genuss, Objekt einer Leichenschau zu werden.
Das Vermögen erben stattdessen die Boffins, ein liebes altes Ehepaar, das dem über alle Maßen geizigen und hartherzigen Vater Harmon sein Leben lang treu gedient hatte.
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Für mich (Engländerin und großer Dickens-Fan) eines der schwierigsten Bücher Dickens. Ich verlor irgendwie den Faden mittendrin und habe mir auf YouTube die BBC-Verfilmung angeguckt damit ich wieder Ordnung in die Handlung bekam. (Diese Verfilmung ist übrigens Klasse!) Konnte es dann zu Ende lesen und begreifen. Ansonsten ein Meisterwerk, eben typisch Dickens.
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Elusive in a good way, of course. Our Mutual Friend, his last novel, shows some decidedly modernist techniques and situations that were very much ahead of their time. This novel would have been at home if written in, say, the early twentieth century. The twin images of the River and of Garbage (not just decay and dust, but also recycling and renewal) permeate the beginning of this book, and carry through with characters that don't fall into easy categories. All of the requisite Dickensian elements are here, but the reader is also presented with an ending that is both an epiphany and a recognition that the story REALLY doesn't end, after all; storytellers just move onto different subjects. In other words, there isn't the neat bow at the end of the novel that is so prevalent in Victorian literature--one more reason this novel remains somewhat apart from Dickens' other works, while at the same time being a fresh, engaging read. Probably not the best work to begin with, if you're new to Dickens, but if you have the rhythm of his prose down from other, shorter works, you'll certainly enjoy the greater complexities of Our Mutual Friend.
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