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Our Mutual Friend (Paperback)
The author of "How to Be Good" and "High Fidelity" contributesan introductionto this classicasophisticated mystery, a love story, and a tale of the corruptive power of wealthJohn Harmon returns to England after years in exile to claim his inheritance: a great fortune and a beautiful young woman to whom he is betrothed, but has never met. When Harmon's body is pulled out of the Thames, all of London is fascinated by the mystery of the murdered man and his unclaimed riches. Scavengers, social-climbers, lawyers, teachers, a money-lender, a dolls-dressmaker, and men and women both honest and villainous will all become embroiled in this tale of love and obsession, death and rebirth.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (18121870) is considered one of the English language's greatest writers. His works include "The Adventures of Oliver Twist," "David Copperfield," "Great Expectations," "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby," and "A Tale of Two Cities." Nick Hornby is a novelist and essayist whose books include "About a Boy," "High Fidelity," "How to Be Good," and "A Long Way Down." He is also a columnist for the "Believer.""
"Our Mutual Friend made me want to be a writer."
--Zoe Heller, Guardian
"Dickens wasn't just telling a story, but drawing a panoramic picture of his times, full of detail about the way the Victorians lived, loved and thought. Our Mutual Friend is superbly constructed -- part social satire, part murder mystery, part love story. It is crowded with memorable characters: the aspirational Veneerings, the playboy lawyer Eugene Wrayburn, and the heroines: giddy-minded Bella Wilfur and saintly Lizzy Hexam."
"Perhaps his greatest work. The great novel of London: dark, wise, unsentimental."
--William Boyd, Newsweek