Bleak House

Bleak House

eBook - 2012
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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 limns the suffering caused by the intricate inefficiency of the law. The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first single-volume edition, published by Bradbury & Evans in 1853, and reproduces thirty-nine of H. K. Browne's original illustrations for the book.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780307950529
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mar 31, 2020

"Jarndyce and Jarndyce has passed into a joke. That is the only good that has ever come of it."
One of Dickens's longest (Maybe the longest?) novels, jam-packed with colorful characters and subplots. As with a number of other Dickens novels, his sentimental streak vies with his more satiric and cynical side (an oft overlooked quality). Of course it's too long but so is "The Bible." Originally serialized between 1852 and 1853. As far as I know, this is the only novel to involve spontaneous combustion as a plot point. Favorite Dickensian name: Lady Dedlock.

Feb 10, 2020

I think it worth mentioning that it incorporates a detective into the larger story. Perhaps this was the influence of Wilkie Collins?

Oct 09, 2019

A very long tragic epic.

A reflection on life, unabashed and well stated, but way too long.

Jul 09, 2018

My second reading. There are a few bleak things about Bleak House. The poor crossing sweeper boy, the horrible Tulkinghorn, the deaths...

I've read several Dickens works and Bleak House is on the top of my list, Jarndyce and Jarndyce notwithstanding.

Jan 14, 2018

The work is a classic. The story unfolds virtually seamlessly. The characters are introduced and then maintained throughout the narrative. They are all part of a cohesive whole. They all have a role to play, and are integral to the development of the story. I would have liked to read more about DC's European sojourn, but that is a minor complaint. DC is a great story, with great characters, well drawn, with each contributing his/her personalities to the overall picture of the book. If you haven't read it, read it. If you have, read it again.

Sep 24, 2015

I am reading all the Dickens (in order) this year and this is one of my favorites!

Aug 01, 2015

I have trouble believing that anyone has ever finished this ponderous pendulous pile of detritus. The title is practically a perfect review. It is a bleak novel that spends thousands of pages trying to convince us the lawyers are evil monstrous people. Wow, challenging- I can't imagine that was a surprise even in Dickens' day. Dickens wrote in the newspaper in serialized format- he was paid by the word and it shows. This doesn't belong in the canon, it should be fired from a cannon- preferably into a volcano.

Oct 06, 2013

The BEST adaptation of a Dickens book that I have seen among the BBC-produced works of Dickens. Captivating and well-acted. Masterfully written for the screen. Provides a scathing look into the labyrinthine world of the legal/justice system of the time. My daughter and I have already watched it twice and still, she begs me, "Can we watch it again?!!!" Highly recommended!!!!

patienceandfortitude Jul 22, 2013

This book all comes together in a truly wonderful fashion at the end. It has all the wonders of good Dickens including humor and empathy for the poor. But it is the most anti-attorney book I've ever read. So lawyers beware! :)

Jan 24, 2013

Bleak House has long been considered one of Dickens' best works. Deservedly so. The intricate plot and vibrant characters make this a great work. Although the number of pages may seem daunting, it is well worth it.

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