Bleak House

Bleak House

Streaming Audiobook - 2009
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Widely regarded as Dickens's masterpiece, Bleak House centers on the generations-long lawsuit Jarndyce and Jarndyce, through which "whole families have inherited legendary hatreds." Focusing on Esther Summerson, a ward of John Jarndyce, the novel traces Esther's romantic coming-of-age and, in classic Dickensian style, the gradual revelation of long-buried secrets, all set against the foggy backdrop of the Court of Chancery. Mixing romance, mystery, comedy, and satire, Bleak House limits the suffering caused by the intricate inefficiency of the law.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400129089
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (39hr., 30 min.)) : digital


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jwhite412 Dec 14, 2011

A long rambling tale with a parade of characters, which seems centered around defining true charity, true love, true beauty, and in fully denouncing the English Court of Chancery, the false importance of those who put their “mission” before their own families. A grand undertaking indeed, but I found the first half of the book rather wearying and disjointed. The characters did not begin to take life for me until the second half and mind you, this is a weighty novel. Once again, it was apparent that the book was written in serial, and it felt as if the characters were wandering around trying to figure out for themselves what was going to happen to them and how they were connected to each other. The last quarter of the book finally became enjoyable – but it was a struggle getting there.


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