This novel spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.
Dick Hill has managed to give a wonderful reading of a very difficult book. I hope Mr Hill can be persuaded to read Pynchon's novel 'Mason & Dixon'. I don't know of any other reader who could do it justice.
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.
David Timson's reading of this long and complex work is among the best I have ever heard. His portrayal of so many characters, whether male or female, young or old, sane or insane, drunk or sober, is very impressive indeed. His portrayal of the characters is absolutely consistent, and shows a very great understanding of their personalities and motives. He switches effortlessly between characters, sometimes even in mid-sentence. Listening to his reading is a very great pleasure.