0435 | Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens

0435 | Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens

Context: Someone anonymous drove into the back of my new car while I was reading this. On Christmas Day!

Haven’t read any Dickens for a while, not since Hard Times almost five years ago to be exact and this was the second time that I attempted this particular tome.

The first time, I just couldn’t get into it. I found it wordy and the characters didn’t hold together for me. I lost interest, got confused and it came to an abrupt halt.

This time, I still found it a bit tedious but managed to get over the hump, pass the place that I fell at last time and sail through to the end. Some great readers on Librivox helped.

Was it worth it. Yeah, but this is nothing like Great Expectations or David Copperfield. The story revolves around a case of mistaken identity, inheritances passing to the wrong people and everyone out for all they can grab. Along the way, this brings everyone’s true natures to the surface which the obvious characters appearing.

There were a couple of twists which you normally expect from reading Dickens. But these were constructed less skilfully than I expected from the genius. I enjoyed it, but this is not his greatest work.

OPENING LINE

In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark bridge which is of iron, and London Bridge which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in.

99TH PAGE QUOTE

This far into the book, some of the plot might be revealed. If you want to see the quote, click show

CLOSING LINE

This might reveal the ending. If you want to see the quote, click [spoiler]I remember with devout thankfulness that I can never be much nearer parting company with my readers for ever, than I was then, until there shall be written against my life, the two words with which I have this day closed this book:—THE END.[/spoiler]

RATING

0435 | Our Mutual Friend | Dickens | 67% | Good

Key: Legacy | Plot / toPic | Characterisation / faCts | Readability | Achievement | Style Read more about how I come up with my ratings

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