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The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Our Mutual Friend

Length: 34 mins
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David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Our Mutual Friend narrated by David Timson.

A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

Listen to Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

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Excerpts, not into

As long as you realise that this is a promotional podcast for Timson's reading of Our Mutual Friend and not in fact an introduction of the sort you might find at the start of a printed copy of a classic novel, you'll be fine. 'Excerpts' would describe it better than 'introduction'.

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  • Philo
  • 07-08-19

Even this abridged form drags, for me

The nineteenth century novel, I am told, can be a great thing. Maybe I am that shallow modern bumpkin, raised on flashy quick media (though I detest most popular culture). But modern movies and so on, well done, have mastered pacing in ways these old forebears never dreamed of. Life is short, and I start writhing when every plodding little who-cares detail of the doings of crushingly petty characters are explained to me in a glacial pace, in real time. Every -- last -- utterance. So many revelations of character are so trivial and insignificant and -- maybe in hindsight -- trite. Yes, unsurprising, uncreative. Soon I am begging for anything to get me out of here. Please, I beg you, get an editor! Dickens was obviously brilliant, but I can't even make it through the first scenes of this. What a crushing bore. And consider: I finish off about 3 full-sized books of sophisticated content every week. Elsewhere I heard a sci-fi author I respect giving great props to Dickens, saying he does very random things that are surprising. Thta may well be, but my attention span (though interminably long for most things) is too short.

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  • Marla Emch
  • 30-08-16

can't get off device

I thought it was the full book and now I cannot get it off my device. it is very frustrating to me.

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