“Oddly, this final, completed novel by Charles Dickens is the one that I found easiest to read. His cast of characters is as immense as ever and the plot twists and turns to intwine the fates of his characters are complex.”Rose B wrote this review Thursday, November 15, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I respect classics ..... love that Era !”7neen Z wrote this review Wednesday, October 31, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
““Our Mutual Friend” is the Master's most complex, Bosch-like cosmos, where all we encounter seems to be distorted by the light of flickering torches and glowing brimstone. It's a tale of greed, lust, envy…in fact, I’m sure all of the Seven Deadly Sins factor in at some point. It’s a study of contamination, of corruption. No character reaches the final page untainted; it’s only a matter of degree. The Thames snakes through the story like a virus, riddled with corpses; the source of the wealth that drives the characters mad is a heap of dust. Don’t worry, it’s an enormously funny novel, but it’s Dickens’ blackest comedy and bitterest satire.
Dickens also mines psychological depths here that were uncharted territory for him. Bradley Headstone, the respectable schoolmaster who disintegrates into a frenzy of horror and madness in his lust for Lizzie Hexam, could have wandered in from a Dostoevsky novel. The effect of his presence upon this otherwise Dickensian universe is fascinating. It is as if his tortured, conflicted psyche spreads throughout the novel like a contagion. The characters are like people encountered in nightmare, whose faces keep shifting along with their motives. Each is more confusing than the last. Nowhere else in Dickens are his villains and his heroes more ambiguous.
This was his last complete novel, and I think it is the summit of his achievement.
“This is my favourite Dickens book. I love his books because they're unpredictable. You have to actually read it to find out where he is taking you. I can't think of any point in it where I figured out how it was going to end. ”jolymac wrote this review Friday, June 22, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Any priggish teacher could have told Dickens that there is no such phrase as 'our mutual friend,' Chesterton observes. Dickens belonged to the type of people who talk about a 'mutual friend.' Of that class two things may be said: they understand the meaning of the word 'friend' and of the word 'mutual.' Dicken's last novel will prove the 'mutual friend' of those who share Chesterton's displeasure at seeing its author 'gradually absorbed by modern culture.'”Earl wrote this review Sunday, May 24, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best of Dickens, and my very favorite novel. Gone is the inevitable "young man down on his luck" protagonist. In his place is a staggering cast of scoundrels, saints, and those struggling somewhere in the middle. The sheer amount of different plot lines can be somewhat confusing to follow, but everything wraps ups beautifully in the end. Dickens' social satire has always made me laugh, but it's at its best in Our Mutual Friend.”hollybier wrote this review Tuesday, March 13, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No