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Bleak House (Penguin Classics) (original 1853; edition 2003)

by Charles Dickens (Author)

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A enthralling story about the inequalities of the 19th-century English legal system Bleak House is one of Charles Dicken's most multifaceted novels. Bleak House deals with a multiplicity of characters, plots and subplots that all weave in and around the true story of the famous case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, a case of litigation in England's Court of Chancery, which starts as a problem of legacy and wills, but soon raises the question of murder.

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i found esther a little annoying, but enjoyed it as I enjoy all dickens
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  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
I had a mixed time with BH. Enjoyed the beginning, then the middle sagged before the quick gallop of plot developments at the end. I was glad to finish it though - it had outstayed its welcome by then. I had seen the BBC series (which is excellent) and I think that made the boring middle bits more bearable. ( )
  infjsarah | Feb 12, 2024 |
A great novel but long. It did not benefit from my taking 6 weeks to read it. ( )
  audient_void | Jan 6, 2024 |
Enjoyed this enormously, whilst Dickens is in no rush to get on with the narrative, it is wonderful to absorb the atmosphere. ( )
  CraigGoodwin | Dec 30, 2023 |
Finally made it through this tome. Small print squished into the page and many pages at that made my eyes hurt from looking and my hands hurt from holding. Plus my brain needed all of its capacities to follow the story and its myriad characters. It is Dickens, after all.
I really enjoyed Esther's narrative the best. It was written in a fairly direct style. The third person narrative is much more obtuse and implicit, which made it a challenge to decipher, at times. Keeping track of who's who is tough, too. But it is a good read and I am glad I persevered. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 24, 2023 |
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Bleak House represents the author at a perfectly poised late-middle moment in his extraordinary art.
 
You have to embrace Bleak House for what it is – a rambling, confusing, verbose, over-populated, vastly improbable story which substitutes caricatures for people and is full of puns. In other words, an 800-page Dickens novel.
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Charles Dickensprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ball, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barrett, SeanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, NicolaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Browne, Hablot KnightIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Case, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chesterton, Gilbert KeithIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dickson, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eagleton, TerryPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eikli, RagnhildTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gallagher, TeresaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gill, StephenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gorey, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holway, TatianaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, EdgarIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juva, KerstiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Margolyes, MiriamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, J. HillisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Page, NormanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sève, Peter deCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sitwell, Sir OsbertIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Solomon, AbrahamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, MeganCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zabel, MortonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Dedicated, as a remembrance of our friendly union, to my companions in the guild of literature and art

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London. Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln's Inn Hall.
"I have never had so many readers," wrote Dickens, referring to the publication of Bleak House - the novel in which he assailed the abuses of the Court of Chancery. (Editor's Note)
A Chancery Judge once had the kindness to inform me, as one of a company of some hundred and fifty men and women not labouring under any suspicions of lunacy, that the Court of Chancery, though the shining subject of much popular prejudice (at which point I thought the Judge's eye had a cast in my direction), was almost immaculate. (Preface)
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This world of ours has its limits too (as Your Highness shall find when you have made the tour of it, and are come to the brink of the void beyond).
His family is as old as the hills, and infinitely more respectable. He has a general opinion that the world might get on without hills, but would be done up without Dedlocks. He would on the whole admit Nature to be a good idea (a little low, perhaps, when not enclosed with a park-fence), but an idea dependent for its execution on your great county families.
Indeed, he married her for love. A whisper still goes about, that she had not even family; howbeit, Sir Leicester had so much family that perhaps he had enough, and could dispense with any more.
He is of what is called the old school - a phrase generally meaning any school that seems never to have been young.
He must confess to two of the oldest infirmities in the world: one was, that he had no idea of time; the other, that he had no idea of money.
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A enthralling story about the inequalities of the 19th-century English legal system Bleak House is one of Charles Dicken's most multifaceted novels. Bleak House deals with a multiplicity of characters, plots and subplots that all weave in and around the true story of the famous case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, a case of litigation in England's Court of Chancery, which starts as a problem of legacy and wills, but soon raises the question of murder.

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