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Bleak House Bleak House Dickens s most daring experiment in the narration of a complex plot challenges the reader to make connections between the fashionable and the outcast the beautiful and the ugly the pow

  • Title: Bleak House
  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • ISBN: 9780199536313
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bleak House, Dickens s most daring experiment in the narration of a complex plot, challenges the reader to make connections between the fashionable and the outcast, the beautiful and the ugly, the powerful and the victims Nowhere in Dickens s later novels is his attack on an uncaring society imaginatively embodied, but nowhere either is the mixture of comedy and angrBleak House, Dickens s most daring experiment in the narration of a complex plot, challenges the reader to make connections between the fashionable and the outcast, the beautiful and the ugly, the powerful and the victims Nowhere in Dickens s later novels is his attack on an uncaring society imaginatively embodied, but nowhere either is the mixture of comedy and angry satire deftly managed.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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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 strabism [...]

    2. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum on said:

      Το μεγαλειώδες χάρισμα της ειρωνείας που κρύβει λάμψη ψυχής!Η ζοφερή διαθήκη της απόλυτης λογοτεχνίας γραμμένη απο τον ισχυρότερο μυθιστοστοριογράφο του 19ου αιώνα, κατακτάει όλους εμάς. Τους αναγνώστες. Τους απόλυτους κληρονόμους μιας ατόφιας περιουσίας που διαμορφώνει [...]

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

    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 Baltimore. 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? [...]

    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 [...]

    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 Chancer [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 more 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 [...]

    11. 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 b [...]

    12. 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 more 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 [...]

    13. 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 more 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 Eng [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 Co [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. Evripidis Gousiaris on said:

      ΕΞΑΙΡΕΤΙΚΌ. ΕΠΟΣ. ΑΡΙΣΤΟΎΡΓΗΜΑ.Γενικα ό.τι και να πω για αυτό το βιβλίο θα είναι λίγο. Αξίζει κάθε δευτερόλεπτο που θα του αφιερώσετε. Δεν έχω να πω κάτι άλλο. ΔΙΑΒΆΣΤΕ ΤΟ! (Όσοι το διαβάσετε αξίζει να δείτε την μεταφορά του στην μικρή οθόνη από το BBC.)(view spoiler)[Αγάπησα τον κύριο T [...]

    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 [...]

    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 more 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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 rathe [...]

    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 slapst [...]

    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 achi [...]

    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. Everyon [...]

    26. Anne on said:

      And so thirty-one Regency romances, fifteen Kindle freebies, innumerable cups of tea and many more 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 [...]

    27. Camille Stein on said:

      Illustrations by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Browne) for 'Bleak House' - ow/uUaY309BhqU Jarndyce y Jarndyce se arrastra. Este pleito de espantapájaros se ha ido complicando tanto con el tiempo que ya nadie recuerda de qué se trata. Quienes menos lo comprenden son las partes en él, pero se ha observado que es imposible que dos abogados de la Cancillería lo comenten durante cinco minutos sin llegar a un total desacuerdo acerca de todas las premisas. Durante la causa han nacido innumerables niños; [...]

    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 wi [...]

    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 be [...]

    30. Despoina Despoina on said:

      To βλέπεις τεράστιο και αναβάλλεις την ανάγνωση, κι όταν το ξεκινήσεις τελειώνει πριν καν το καταλάβεις. Εξαιρετικός Ντίκενς και εξαιρετική μετάφραση (μετάφραση άθλος, που διατήρησε την ιδιαιτερότητα του ύφους του Ντίκενς).

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