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Our Mutual Friend: Upper (Macmillan Reader) (Macmillan Readers) [Paperback]

Charles Dickens , Margaret Tarner
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27 April 2005 1405073292 978-1405073295
John Harmon is a young man estranged from his family, yet on his way from South Africa to London to receive his inheritance. But, according to his father's will, he can only claim it if he marries Bella Wilfer, a beautiful London girl whom he has never met. Before John arrives to claim his birthright, an unknown body is found drowned in the Thames and identified as him. The money passes instead to family servants Mr. and Mrs. Boffin, who welcome into their home the disappointed bride-to-be. But when their associate Silas Wegg tries to blackmail the Boffins with an alternative will, Bella must decide where her loyalties lie.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan ELT (27 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405073292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405073295
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,036,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833 he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.

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"The fact that Dickens is always thought of as a caricaturist, although he was constantly trying to be something else, is perhaps the surest mark of his genius." --George Orwell

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4.0 out of 5 stars The darker side of Dickens... 1 Feb 2006
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This is a tough read and I don't recommend it to those new to Dickens, to those who prefer the genial comedy of "Pickwick", or to those without a general literary stamina. The plot creaks badly even by Dickens' wobbly standards and his portrayal of the heroine Lizzie Hexham is another of his two-dimensional Victorian angels stretching back in an unbroken line to Luaghable Little Nell. The language is brooding and muscular, the caricatures of the minor characters grim and leering and the landscape of London dirty, broken and nightmareish.
However, the novel is worth persevering with, not just to be completist, but to experience an unaccustomed taste of Dickens cynicism and anger. Underpinning both plot and sub-plot is a sustained and bitter rant against "Society" - the Mutual Friend of the title - its casual hypocrises and destructive conventions. As in "Little Dorrit" the achievement of great wealth and concommitant assumption of a position in Society results in a loss of richness of spirit. Only the characters that painfully learn to reject Society experience fulfillment as human beings.
No coincidence, then, that Dickens own position in Society was under threat as he was writing (due to his leaving his wife and conducting an unacknowledged affair with an actress). Presumably his own fear of being found out and rejected by the very Society he was satirising, gave such a bitter edge to Dickens prose.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very condensed version of Our Mutual Friends 16 May 2014
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Be warned - this is a very condensed version of Our Mutual Friends.
only 102 pages long. It is for people learning English.
The blurb doesn't make that very clear - but, my mistake I guess - should have 'leafed' through the book before buying.
Just thought I'd share this news in case anyone else think they're buying the full version.
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