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Bleak House Bleak House Opens In The Twilight Of Foggy London, Where Fog Grips The City Most Densely In The Court Of Chancery The Obscure Case Of Jarndyce And Jarndyce, In Which An Inheritance Is Gradually Devoured By Legal Costs, The Romance Of Esther Summerson And The Secrets Of Her Origin, The Sleuthing Of Detective Inspector Bucket And The Fate Of Jo The Crossing Sweeper, These Are Some Of The Lives Dickens Invokes To Portray London Society, Rich And Poor, As No Other Novelist Has Done Bleak House, In Its Atmosphere, Symbolism And Magnificent Bleak Comedy, Is Often Regarded As The Best Of Dickens A Great Victorian Novel , It Is So Inventive In Its Competing Plots And Styles That It Eludes Interpretation.

10 thoughts on “Bleak House

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    This is a very clever book because the main issue with it is exactly the point Dickens is making it is so long and dragged out.Bleak House is quite the achievement It s a 900 page monster made up a thousand different subplots with a large cast of characters It also fanned the flames that led to a huge overhaul of the legal system in England Buried beneath and entwined with the many subplots is the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce Dickens s parody of the Chancery Court system because the case is dragged out over many years.I like Dickens, and I can appreciate what Bleak House does, but I m sorry to say I won t be joining the ranks who consider this their favourite His best work objectively Maybe Who even knows what that means But definitely not my favourite That would be Great Expectations a novel that just rips my heart out and stomps all over it.I really do understand that this is the whole point, but so many chapters and events in this book were extended needlessly, padded out with waffle and meanderings that seemed to have nothing to do with the novel at large That s ve...

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    Shivering in unheated gaslit quarters Mrs Winklebottom, my plump and inquisitive landlady, treats the heat as very dear, and my radiator, which clanks and hisses like the chained ghost of a boa constrictor when it is active, had not yet commenced this stern and snowy morning , I threw down the volume I had been endeavoring to study certainly I am not clever, neither am I intrepid nor duly digligent, as after several pages I found the cramped and tiny print an intolerable strain on my strabismic eyes Straightening my bonnet, I passed outdoors into the frigid, sooty streets, where shoppers bustled by in a frenzy, now rushing into the 99 cent store, bedecked with PVC Santa Claus banners, now into Nelson s Xmas Shoppe, in search of glistening ornaments Bowing my head perversely against busy crowds and fierce wind, I stepped into a subway, which conveyed me to a winding street down which I hurried until I reached a peculiar establishment, the shingle for which had been battered by the strain of city winters, by pollution, and no doubt by the small mischievious hands of vandals, who had modified the sign with their colorful signatures and illustrations, but upon which could still be read with some effort Amperthump Hagglestern, Booksellers.I entered to a sound of tinkling bells affixed to the heavy...

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    Okay, so this is the 1853 version of The Wire But with less gay sex And no swearing And very few mentions of drugs And only one black person, I think, maybe not even one And of course it s in London, not Balti But other than that, it s the same.Pound for pound, this is Dickens best novel, and of course, that is saying a great deal I ve nearly read all of them so you may take my word Have I ever written a review which was anything less than 101% reliable, honest and straightforward Well, there you are then.Bleak House gives some people a leetle problem insofar as you have half of it narrated by Esther Goody Three Shoes, too good for just two Summerson, who you ache to have a few bad things happen to, because she trills, she sings, she sees the best in everyone, tra la la, tweedly dee dee This does get on some people s nerves But I downloaded a dvd called Dickens Girls Gone Wild last week and let me tell you t...

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    Bleak House How can it be over I hold this incredible book in my hand and can t believe I have finished it The 965 page, 2 inch thick, tiny typed tome may seem a bit intimidating Relax, you can read it in a day that is, if you read one page per minute for 16 hours And you might just find yourself doing that Bleak House is Twilight Zone than Masterpiece Theatre However there is enough spirit of both to satisfy everyone And indeed it should it has it all unforgettable characters, intrigue, plot within plot, ruined love, enormous themes, complications, and description and what description it goes so far, a lesser writer would be lost forever trying to find their way back Above all, it has that brilliant, constant satirical voice of Dickens That is the thing lost in TV, film and radio adaptations of his work One merely gets a hint of it in the best of these.The plot, the characters, the very fog that we encounter in the introduction, are all connected to one main thread a lawsuit, the Jarndyce and Jarndyce case It involves an inheritance with several wills, and it cannot be decided which one is legitimate The case is before the Courts of Chancery and has dragged on for generations Someone stands to gain a lot of money and property, but the long entanglement of the law has made it a curse While greed and madness consume certain characters sometimes literally , there are also those who know how pointless and destructive it is to live unde...

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    Is a lawsuit justice, when it goes on and on.and on, seemingly in perpetuity In Bleak House located in the countryside outside of London, that is the center of the story, years pass too many to count, the lawyers are happy the employed judges likewise the litigants not money is sucked dry from their bodieslike vampires whose fangs are biting hard, the flesh weakens and the victims blood flows , cash evaporates and soon nothing is left but the corpses the gorged lawyers are full until the next too trusting suckers walk by In the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce the quite unimportant truth be told, little known except to thoseinvolved in the Court of Chancery, notorious well renowned for its slow pace ZZZ The court clerks, audiences or should I say spectators, and even the attorneys are amused, laughter frequently heard, not a surprise this British institution no longer exists Esther Summerson is a typical orphan in another Charles Dickens book raised by a cold woman, and others previously of the same type that calls herself the child s godmother, Miss Barbary, with a mysterious backgroun...

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    Nomen Est Omen, in the world according to Dickens But don t take it literally, especially not when reading the title of Bleak House For Dickens also requires you to read between the lines, and letters, just like in an acrostic poem BLEAK HOUSELovely charactersElegant proseAgonising cliffhangersKnowledgeable descriptionsHumorous plotOutrageous social conditionsUnusual dual narrativeSuits in ChanceryEverlasting favouriteYes, Christmas is approaching, it s Dickens time I spent it in Chancery this year And what can I say Bravo Dickens No, I stole that Thackeray phrase for David Copperfield last year already Bravissimo, you fulfilled every single one of my great expectations, as did Great Expectations Yes, I will just say a simple Thank you, Sir I have spent delightful hours in the company of good and bad, funny and passionate, silly and intelligent characters, brought to life in inimitable prose Where else can I laugh and cry and bite my nails at the same time, while bowing to the elegance of the sentences that follow each other like pearls on one of Lady Dedlock s expensive necklaces Where else can I hate and feel compassion, and wonder at the immense difference between my contemporary world and the London society of Dickens times, and yet recognise it anyway, for being almost identical For could not Dickens short comment on the state of British politics have been heading a newspaper article in 2016, just as well England has bee...

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    Reading Bleak House has had a redeeming effect for me Before this marvel took place Dickens evoked for me either depressing black and white films in a small and boxy TV watched during oppressive times, or reading what seemed endless pages in a still largely incomprehensible language Dickens meant then a pain on both counts.In this GR group read I have enjoyed Bleak House tremendously.In the group discussion many issues have been brought up by the members First and foremost the critique on the social aspects has been put on the tray, but also the treatment of women and or children, the critique of the Empire and of the Legal profession and institutions, the interplay between the two narrators, he humour, the richness in literary and historical references, the musings on ethics, etc All this makes for a very rich analysis.For me this book is certainly a reread And apart from all the aspects above, what have struck me most, because it has surprised me, were the very rich plot and the way it was constructed That is why, if I read Bleak House again, I will do so while drawing a diagram...

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    Which house in Charles Dickens s novel is Bleak House It surely cannot be the house which bears its name a large airy house, which we first visit in the company of the young wards of Jarndyce, Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, and their companion Esther Ironically, this Bleak House is anything but bleak It is a pleasant place of light and laughter Mr Jarndyce imprints his positive outlook on life, never allowing the lawsuit to have any negative influence Indeed, when he first took on the house from a relative, Tom Jarndyce, he says, the place had become dilapidated, the wing whistled through the cracked walls, the rain fell through the broken roof, the weeds choked the passage to the rotting door When I brought what remained of him home here, the brains seemed to me to have been blown out of the house too it was so shattered and ruined Neither can it be another house, which is to bear its name far later in the novel So does the title perhaps refer to Tom All Alone s , originally owned by Tom Jarndyce, but now a decrepit edifi...

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    Incredible blows away any other Dickens that I have read although it has been a couple of years Now, there are issues with it it FEELS long in a way that some great long books don t, which I think is due to the varying narrative stakes of the subplots Esther Summerson, though delightfully written, is perhaps the most consistently GOOD character in the history of literature you root for her but it is the rooting of a manipulated reader and the absurdity of the coincidences is just downright staggering But, it s a huge achievement on 5 fronts.1 On the line level, it s gorgeous Dickens was on a roll for 800 pages I am often guilty of skimming through landscape descriptions but not here.2 The plot should seem Byzantine, but there are confluences of subplots and A plot that are massively satisfying, the love stuff is mostly juicy and good, there is a 70 page sequence toward the end that is so suspenseful that you ll read it in 2 seconds, and it is varied enough in voice that you mostly sail along with it A lot of the criticism I ve read focuses on the alternating 1st and 3rd person I really dug that and thought it was an accomplishment 3 I think a great book needs to have at least one completely unique scene that just sears itself into memory e.g the flood sequence in...

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