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Name: Jade Weighell
Language: English
City: Brighton
Country: GBR

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Bleak House

Dickens, Charles


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[ book tip by Jade Weighell ] I’m not going to lie, reading this novel is a bit of a slog at times. Like the interminable court case that the novel centres around, there are times when you think you will never make it to the conclusion. But persevere; hold strong through the first pages about fog and mud and don’t give up when forced to swallow incessant legal detail, it will all be worth it in the end.   

The novel surrounds the corrupt and confused Courts of Chancery, centring on the cyclical case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. Caught up within this world are a plethora of idiosyncratic characters whose lives are unalterably affected by the acts of lawyers. From the lowliest to the highest in society, no one is untouched. Each have their own stories and all are interlinked in ways both obvious and subtle. There are stories of love, betrayal, misdirection, hope, loss, murder and mystery within this epic novel.

The novel is told through two different points of view; that of Esther, a kind hearted orphan whose life is surrounded by unanswered questions and that of an omniscient narrator who teaches as well as tells.

At the time this would have been a very socio-political novel as it displays strongly the faults within the court system and the terrible way in which the poor of the time were treated. 

I read this school so had no choice but to fight my way through it, but I am so glad that I did. It is so intricate and just filled to the brim with mystery and human anguish. It is definitely my favourite Dickens, just because it is so passionate and angry and cries out for the people who at the time needed so much help.  

[ Favourite quote ] 'Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead, Right Reverends and Wrong Reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with Heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us, everyday.'

[ book info ] Dickens, Charles: Bleak House. (Book language: English) Penguin Classics, 2003 (1853). ISBN: 0-141-43972-6.

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