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Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
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Oct 04, 2010

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"But there is no animal so sure to get laden with it, as the Ass who sees nothing written on the face of the earth and sky but the three letters L. S. D ..." Now, don't get excited - Dickens is talking about pounds, shillings and pence and the evils of money! I heard this book on 28 CDs and I think it is a good way to get through Dickens because the actor who read this did such a great job in playing all the characters and brought out all the humour and suspence of the dialogue. This was apparently written as a monthly serial but the modern reader/listener will still scream out for a good editor. Some of it is so long winded and tedious. One of the storylines, too, with its severe testing of a virtuous woman is also severely testing of a modern woman's patience. One wonders why Mrs Rokesmith didn't immediately sue for divorce after the merry dance she was led on. Having said that, there are some wonderful scenes in this and great dialogue so it's worth making the effort to immerse yourself in the cares and joys of Dickensian England for a (fairly long) while.

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