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Bleak House [Norton Critical Edition]

by Charles Dickens, George Ford (Editor), Sylvère Monod (Editor)

Other authors: George Brimley (Contributor), Thomas Carlyle (Contributor), G. K. Chesterton (Contributor), A. O. J. Cockshut (Contributor), H. M. Daleski (Contributor)11 more, George Ford (Contributor), Hector Gavin (Contributor), W. J. Harvey (Contributor), George Hogarth (Contributor), R. H. Horne (Contributor), Henry Mayhew (Contributor), J. Hillis Miller (Contributor), Thomas Miller (Contributor), Sutton Sharpe (Contributor), Father Thames (Contributor), W. H. Wills (Contributor)

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With their estate entangled in an interminable legal case, the young wards of the court Richard Carstone and Ada Clare are taken into the benevolent care of the kindly John Jarndyce. Ada's companion, the gentle and good-hearted Esther Summerson, is devoted to the old man and, although she loves another, becomes betrothed to him. But behind Esther's supposed orphan past lies a dark secret that leads tragically to deceit, blackmail and murder. And as the endless lawsuit erodes their inheritance, the happiness that Richard and Ada have found in each other is brought into desperate jeopardy.… (more)
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this one I loved, inspired all my Dickens reading
  FKarr | Apr 21, 2013 |
I read this book for a Victorian Literature class, and I enjoyed it and had some insights, but I didn't fully understand it until several years later when I worked in a county law library in the courthouse. There I saw how the Law can make people crazy. Definitely ought to be required reading for anyone going to law school or otherwise involved with civil law. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
I liked Dickens story. It was complex and interesting. He has a lot of interesting characters and he puts some lessons in life in the story. It is a dark story with a semi-nice ending. ( )
  GlennBell | Dec 6, 2011 |
Having read a lot of Dickens, I want to recommend this particular edition highly. The footnotes include references not only to the sometimes obscure vocabulary, but also popular songs of the time, the Book of Common Prayer and Shakespeare. Readers in Dickens time would have picked up on the phrases but we readers in the 21st century appreciate the little extra help. ( )
  jwfj10a | Apr 28, 2011 |
The first time I read Bleak House I was unimpressed; I didn't understand what justified the lengthiness. Later, I had a journey through the legal system and then I understood perfectly the absurdity, the leeches that bleed the system, the pointlessness of the sacrifice it demands. Great BBC production if you prefer film. ( )
  robertmorrow | Dec 28, 2010 |
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Charles Dickensprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ford, GeorgeEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Monod, SylvèreEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Brimley, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carlyle, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chesterton, G. K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cockshut, A. O. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daleski, H. M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gavin, HectorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harvey, W. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hogarth, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Horne, R. H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mayhew, HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, J. HillisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sharpe, SuttonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thames, FatherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wills, W. H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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With their estate entangled in an interminable legal case, the young wards of the court Richard Carstone and Ada Clare are taken into the benevolent care of the kindly John Jarndyce. Ada's companion, the gentle and good-hearted Esther Summerson, is devoted to the old man and, although she loves another, becomes betrothed to him. But behind Esther's supposed orphan past lies a dark secret that leads tragically to deceit, blackmail and murder. And as the endless lawsuit erodes their inheritance, the happiness that Richard and Ada have found in each other is brought into desperate jeopardy.

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