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Our Mutual Friend

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780140434972
Author(s): Charles Dickens
Format: Paperback
Year: 1998
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Penguin Books
Dimensions: 127 x 196 x 43 (w x l x h)
Pages: 928
Series: Penguin Classics

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'Has a dead man any use for money? ... What world does money belong to? This world. How can money be a corpse's?'

Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance - Old Harmon's profitable dust heaps - and its legatees, young John Harmon, presumed drowned when a body is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults. With brilliant satire, Dickens portrays a dark, macabre London, inhabited by such disparate characters as Gaffer Hexam, scavenging the river for corpses; enchanting, mercenary Bella Wilfer; the social climbing Veneerings; and the unscrupulous street-trader Silas Wegg. Dickens's last completed novel is richly symbolic in its vision of death and renewal in a city dominated by the fetid Thames, and of the corrupting power of money.

This edition uses the text of the first volume edition of 1865, and includes the original illustrations, a chronology, a list for further reading, and appendices on the illustrations and serial plans. Adrian Poole's introduction examines biblical allusions and the central themes of Our Mutual Friend.

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