Thursday, December 22, 2022

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



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I was missing in action last week, I know. Sorry! In all the years of hosting Book Beginnings on Fridays, I've never before completely forgotten to post. But I did last week. I didn't remember until Saturday, and then figured it was completely too late. It was a combination of Christmas prep, work deadlines, and a funeral for a friend's husband last Thursday afternoon that erased my brain of anything extra, including that I was supposed to post Book Beginnings, like I do every Thursday afternoon. 

So please join me now to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week, or just a book you want to share. If you want to leave two links, one for this week and one with your post from last week, please do! 


In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark bridge which is of iron, and London Bridge which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in.
-- Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. I meant to read this one for Victober but didn't get to it. Now I am happy to be reading Dickens in December because it is such a rich and funny book, perfect for cozy reading by the Christmas tree. I love it. 


Please add a link to your Book Beginnings post in the Linky box below. Like I said, if you want to add an extra link to your post from last week, please go ahead. Again, I'm sorry I forgot to post! As always, if you share on social media, please use the hashtag #bookbeginnings. 

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The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


From Our Mutual Friend:
It struck eleven, and he made believe to compose himself patiently. But gradually he took the fidgets in one leg, and then in the other leg, and then in one arm, and then in the other arm, and then in his chin, and then in his back, and then in his forehead, and then in his hair, and then in his nose; and then he stretched himself recumbent on two chairs, and groaned; and then he started up.
What are you reading this Christmas week? I hope it is festive and fun and doesn't give you the fidgets!


  1. Welcome back! This book sounds good.

  2. Amazon shows that the Kindle edition of OUR MUTUAL FRIEND is FREE, but it's 599 pages long! Yikes! That's two or three times as long as most novels I've read lately. However, you make it sound interesting, and Amazon says it was the last novel Charles Dickens completed. Hmm, I'm still debating whether or not to put it on my Kindle.

  3. Welcome back. Sorry you had such a bad week last week.

    I'll admit, the only Dickens I'm really that familiar with is A Christmas Carol.

  4. I do love a bit of Dickens, great opening as usual, wouldn't expect anything less from him <3 Thanks for sharing x

  5. I was not familiar with this one...and "Funny" and "Dickens" don't seem to fit! Although, admittedly I haven't read much of him. You have made me curious and with Bonnie saying it's free, I might as well download it...Have a very Merry Christmas!!!! Stay warm.

  6. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. All if forgiven for last week. I am impressed you have kept with the Book Beginnings so faithfully. I would have forgotten many, many times if I were in charge. I haven't heard of this Dickens book. I will need to check it out. Thanks. Merry Christmas.


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