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


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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 outBleak 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 yearsI 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 itI 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 very clever and all given that this is a critique of a court system that extends everything needlessly and gets nothing done but it's a bit of a chore to read It's a shorter book than Les Misérables The Count of Monte Cristo and War and Peace but it truly doesn't feel like itThe characters too were not as memorable as many of Dickens others Having read it I can now see why the Bleak House characters are not household names like Miss Havisham or Bill Sykes I found them bland in comparison I also think it was a mistake to have the simpering I'm so modest and unintelligent Esther Summerson as a narrator Dickens's only female narrator It's unfortunate because I think Dickens usually excels at first person narration but Esther's constant need to reiterate her modesty and lack of intelligence is frustratingIf I were rating this book based on how well it achieved what it set out to do it would be an easy five stars If you believe classics are not there for enjoyment but for self flagellation this is an easy five stars Dickens successfully wrote a long and slow book to show how the legal system is so long and slow Some of the subplots and character dramas were interesting many were notBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube