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Bleak House By Charles Dickens Nicola Bradbury Hablot Knight Browne Bleak House Bleak House is a novel by Charles Dickens published in monthly installments between March and September It is held to be one of Dickens s finest novels containing one of the most vast

  • Title: Bleak House
  • Author: Charles Dickens Nicola Bradbury Hablot Knight Browne
  • ISBN: 9780143037613
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bleak House By Charles Dickens Nicola Bradbury Hablot Knight Browne Bleak House is a novel by Charles Dickens, published in 20 monthly installments between March 1852 and September 1853 It is held to be one of Dickens s finest novels, containing one of the most vast, complex and engaging arrays of minor characters and sub plots in his entire canon.At the novel s core is long running litigation in England s Court of Chancery, Jarndyce v JaBleak House is a novel by Charles Dickens, published in 20 monthly installments between March 1852 and September 1853 It is held to be one of Dickens s finest novels, containing one of the most vast, complex and engaging arrays of minor characters and sub plots in his entire canon.At the novel s core is long running litigation in England s Court of Chancery, Jarndyce v Jarndyce, which has far reaching consequences for all involved The litigation, which already has taken many years and consumed between 60,000 and 70,000 in court costs, is emblematic of the failure of Chancery.Though Chancery lawyers and judges criticised Dickens s portrait of Chancery as exaggerated and unmerited, his novel helped to spur an ongoing movement that culminated in the enactment of legal reform in the 1870s.
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    1. Jessica on said:

      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 [...]

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    3. B0nnie on said:

      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 thanMasterpiece Theatre However there is enough spirit of both to satisfy everyone And indeed it should it has it all unforgettable characters, intrigue, plot wit [...]

    4. Paul Bryant on said:

      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 yo [...]

    5. Henry Avila on said:

      Is a lawsuit justice, when it goes on and on d 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 bodieske 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 to [...]

    6. Lisa on said:

      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 y [...]

    7. Kalliope on said:

      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 so [...]

    8. Jean on said:

      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 fro [...]

    9. Laura on said:

      I know, something about a 900 page book with bleak in the title doesn t exactly scream summer fun Nevertheless, this was a page turner with laugh out loud moments than any book I ve read in recent memory Who could have seen that coming And it s gripping enough that I can understand why it was a bestseller, in spite of Dickens harsh social criticism and his rather daring innovation of dual narratives But the story is a winner largely because of the dual narratives, which bob and weave around eac [...]

    10. Matt on said:

      I get why people dislike the legal system It s slow, complicated, and costly And the only time you hear about it is when an apparently horrible decision is reached I shudder at how many people were ready to scrap the jury system after the Casey Anthony verdict.As a lawyer, though, I see the legal system s virtues and as a public defender, its virtues, for me at least, do not include a hefty paycheck For one, lawsuits are a better alternative than self help justice If your neighbor builds a fence [...]

    11. Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin on said:

      I have to say that has opened me up to many books that I probably never would have read Through groups and friends I keep finding books old and new to read and enjoy Some so than others.When I started Bleak House in one of my groups reads I had a feeling that I wouldn t understand a lot of what was going on in the book And I found out through the same group that there was a mini series about the book I rushed right onto Prime and watched the whole thing Let me tell you this helped me so very mu [...]

    12. Jason Koivu on said:

      Between Thanksgiving and Christmas my reading pace ground to a halt Thanks a lot Dickens This is a long book, but I ve read longer ones that didn t seem half as long as Bleak House Saharan esque stretches of plodding plot didn t help But than that, this book suffers from having too much character, and characters with character, characterful characters with character to spare and well, you get the point By the time Dickens had written Bleak House he d experienced almost every spot on England s s [...]

    13. Perry on said:

      Crust upon crust of mud and Fog everywhere Though made a bit uneven by Dickens use of two narrators, I think this is his best novel with David Copperfield his best book Esther Summerson, a sweet and modest orphan, tells her tale in the first person present, as Dickens used for David in Copperfield and Pip in Great Expectations and, the other narrator is an omniscient, largely dispassionate third person The novel has mystery, romance, comic elements, an intriguing cast of characters and superb so [...]

    14. Dave Russell on said:

      Finally finished it and it only took me four months pats self on back, does a little victory dance and then weeps, but I m so glad I read it This is a book like The Brothers Karamozov that makes the subsequent books the author wrote seem superfluous It contains multitudes All of humanity is represented here well, all of Victorian English humanity at any rate The truest and shortest sentence of the book is the first one London The organizing metaphor of the book is the Chancery Court where people [...]

    15. TheSkepticalReader on said:

      At the center of Bleak House we have the Jarndyce and Jarndyce court case and supposedly, Dickens wrote this novel as a part commentary of the English justice system I do not know, nor do I care a bit, about what he intended to achieve in terms of discussing the law and the government s failure to deliver justice What I was most engrossed with was the story Because wow.What most amazes me is the detailing of the novel and how masterfully it is written I am not a writer so I don t know how hard w [...]

    16. Lawyer on said:

      Bleak House Charles Dickens on Fog and Fossils The wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceedingly fine.Issue One, Bleak House, March, 1852Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of this review or whether that station shall be held by another will depend upon the lines on this page For, you see, although I was not born a lawyer I became one.I would beg the reader s attention to hold a moment For, as Charles Lamb has told us, Lawyers, I suppose, were children once I was an innocent one, too A [...]

    17. Lyn on said:

      Bleak House was Charles Dickens 1853 novel that documents the tragi comic events surrounding the chancery court case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce Told with an unusual blend of shifting perspectives, the first being a first person narrative and the second an omniscient, present tense narrator, Dickens describes a London where justice is turned upside down and personal values are intertwined with the doleful legal system Many of you know that I am a Tennessee attorney and let me just say that 160 years [...]

    18. Evripidis Gousiaris on said:

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    19. Sara on said:

      It always feels a bit presumptive when I am trying to review the masters of the novel, a Dickens, Hardy, or Eliot What can someone like myself contribute, that might matter, to the appreciation of a masterpiece like Bleak House And yet, I want to effuse about it, I want to praise it, I want to say how completely effective it is and how strangely relevant to our society if you merely put the characters in cars instead of horse drawn conveyances I want to tell everyone that within its pages you wi [...]

    20. Megan Baxter on said:

      I can t say that this is my favourite Dickens, and I found the first two hundred pages or so rocky going, with a few misunderstandings on my part that served to baffle rather than inform But as the novel started to come together, and the disparate characters started to interact strongly, I ended up very much liking it.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the [...]

    21. Apatt on said:

      Bleak House the novel is as you would expect pretty bleak, but Bleak House the eponymous house in the book is one of the happier places to be found therein In any case this being a Dickens novel you should not expect a wall to wall bleak fest You would need to pop over to Hardyverse also called Wessex for those.Bleak House is difficult to synopsize, it is about so many things and so many people It has a very large cast of characters and a lot of intrigues However, don t let that put you off Dick [...]

    22. Jan-Maat on said:

      One of the pleasures of reading a few books of an author s work is to see the parallels and changing style Here in this huge late Dickens slice of life social commentary is combined with comic grotesques Political commentary is given depth with sentimentality The Jarndyce and Jarndyce case, a gigantic cog wheel whose teeth catch up one smaller wheel after after All of society seems to be caught up from the street sweeper to the noble Baronet in a single huge mechanism driven by avarice rather th [...]

    23. Mala on said:

      Dickens is all about sentiments you may run down his books as melodramas, tear jerkers, poverty porn so on but there is no denying their visceral appeal, for what are we without sentiments Bleak House, Dickens masterpiece, has all of his staple trademark ingredients an inheritance, a missing will, a mystery, angelic damsels, fairy godfather, old school gentlemen, evil plotting villains, grotesque caricatures, a wide variety of humour from biting satire, drollery, to crazy slapstick, social moral [...]

    24. Roy Lotz on said:

      Call it by any name Your Highness will, attribute it to whom you will, or say it might have been prevented how you will, it is the same death eternally inborn, inbred, engendered in the corrupted humours of the vicious body itself, and that only Spontaneous Combustion, and none other of all the deaths that can be died.For better or for worse, I read this novel through the lens of two critics Harold Bloom and George Orwell.In The Western Canon, Bloom calls Bleak House Dickens s finest achievement [...]

    25. MJ Nicholls on said:

      Roll back to 1986 I was touring with Loudon Wainwright III upon the release of his More Love Songs album which includes the famous Your Mother I when Loud strikes up a confab about Dickens Nicholls, he begins, bunk loafing in his usual roguish manner I do declay ah that Bleak House is the greatest novel of the century, yessir ee I was strumming a zither at the time, co writing a song that would later appear on History Loud, you must be out of your mind Everyone knows now that Ulysses is the grea [...]

    26. Anne on said:

      And so thirty one Regency romances, fifteen Kindle freebies, innumerable cups of tea and many books later, I have finally finished this Dickens masterpiece It took me exactly thirteen months, and I had time to read an alarming total of eighty three books in between the start and finish of Bleak House Why the five stars then, you ask If it took me that long to get through it, surely it s not worth the effort Well, it is It s awesome Very put downable in my opinion though, and I will be completel [...]

    27. Camille Stein on said:

      Illustrations by Phiz Hablot Knight Browne for Bleak House ow uUaY309BhqU Jarndyce y Jarndyce se arrastra Este pleito de espantap jaros se ha ido complicando tanto con el tiempo que ya nadie recuerda de qu se trata Quienes menos lo comprenden son las partes en l, pero se ha observado que es imposible que dos abogados de la Canciller a lo comenten durante cinco minutos sin llegar a un total desacuerdo acerca de todas las premisas Durante la causa han nacido innumerables ni os innumerables j venes [...]

    28. Paula W on said:

      This novel is a fucking masterpiece I m not sure what else to say, but I ll keep typing and see what comes out of my blown mind and into my fingertips on the keyboard.There was so much going on here 1 A serious criticism of the Chancery Court system, where court cases took so long to complete that people were born, people died, the money in very large estates was completely used up, and parties to the cases who devoted their lives to pushing toward a conclusion of their cases went crazy or withe [...]

    29. Garythe Bookworm on said:

      I find it hard to believe that it s only been a month since I first entered Bleak House The group read had been going on for some time and I was so far behind that I pretty much listened read it on my own I had trouble finding a good audio version don t bother with Librivox and if you buy it at iTunes, be forewarned that the Apple geniuses won t let you bookmark easily thankfully there s an app that will Anyway it took me awhile to work out the details and immerse myself in what was to become fo [...]

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