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The Mutual Friend

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Using several different narrative voices, He reconstructs Charles Dickens's last years, his final American reading tour, the resolution of his affair with Ellen Ternan, the strain of maintaining his larger-than-life persona. ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Gerry
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is rather like the curate's egg, good in parts - and not so good in other parts - as it portrays the last years of Charles Dickens' life through a variety of voices. And at times it is not too clear whose voice it is that we are listening to; indeed there is a short piece preceding each chapter in a voice that I still am unsure whose it is and as to how it fits into the overall tale, I am unsure about that, too.

I was really looking forward to the read but soon got that disappointed fee
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James
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't character studies normally stink? Probably because they don't do things like kick the shit out of Charles Dickens and turn him into an evil Victorian monster and then try to humanize their own evil Charles Dickens monster so as to provide a well rounded view of both the man and the society he lived in ...more
Patrick Barry
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His tour manager and mutual friend mainly describes the last years of Charles Dickens and his final American tour. The book is great at assuming the voice of Dickens through his speeches and occasional narration. The large audience he speaks before contrasts with his lonely life for many of those close to him have left or been shooed away. I really enjoyed this book. It gives insight to the world Dickens created and, ultimately, seemed to get lost in.
Mike
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second novel from Frederick Busch that I read with a pillar of literature as a character. While M (Melville) is not as central to "The Night Inspector" as Dickens to "The Mutual Friend", I think that both novels are successful in portraying these pillars as humans, with foibles.

Busch succeeds in showing Charles Dickens as slightly paranoid and somewhat megalomaniacal. This is by no means a crucifixion, not even an indictment. Instead, through the lens of various witnesses, the Chief is portr
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Frederick Busch (1941–2006) was the recipient of many honors, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, a National Jewish Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award. The prolific author of sixteen novels and six collections of short stories, Busch is renowned for his writing’s emotional nuance and minimal, plainspoken style. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he lived most of his li ...more

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