“I read a Farsi translation of this book and it was some 15 years ago. Even though 15 years has passed, I can still recall some of the feelings it stirred in me, Like other Dickens books this one is great too.”Majid F wrote this review Friday, October 19, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It took me several months and two different editions- but I finished the book! Happy Dance- everyone join me in a virtual party to celebrate. That being said- I truly enjoyed the book! Even more so when I bought a larger print edition. If you are having issues reading this book- check to see if the print is big enough! The characters are richly drawn- Skimpole is one my favorites as I have met and unfortunetly helped a few of his kind in my day. Esther is more human than most of Dicken's heroines. She has more substance than most.
Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy!”
““Bleak House’ is generally agreed to be Dickens’ greatest work, and I constantly go back and forth with myself as to whether or not to agree or to champion “Our Mutual Friend” instead. I think it's ultimately a draw. Both novels are akin in their darkness of vision; each offers a truly fallen cosmos, although with “Bleak House” Dickens truly does seem to capture Victorian England in its Self, from the dazzling glass halls of its aristocracy to the Kafkaesque corridors of Chancery to the phantasmagoria of the London slums, every character connected by a strand of the web. In my memory, “Bleak House’ always seems to take place at night; its atmosphere is furtive, secret, whispered. It’s also probably the very first whodunit in literature (except perhaps for a few short stories of Poe’s), and the wonderful Mr. Bucket is the great-grandfather of all inspector-sleuths as he unravels the mystery of the incomparable Lady Dedlock, that pitiful prisoner frozen behind a carnival mask, tormented in her own self-made circle of Hell, with Mr. Tulkinghorn to keep the fires stoked.
I think my favorite characters in all of Dickens are John Jarndyce and Esther Summerson. Jarndyce, a true bodhisattva as Seymour Glass might say, is the greatest of Dickens’ avatars of human kindness. He is always aware of the fragility of goodness, that it requires choice, and one senses that with him it’s learned behavior, that he has very personal reasons to shudder when “the wind is in the East.” And Esther Summerson is quite simply perfection. It is for this reason, I think, that she seems to enrage modern readers. Shrewdly intelligent, wise, discerning, generous, keenly sensible of the rarity of love and therefore humbly grateful when it comes her way…she quietly admonishes us all.
“populated with characteristically animated dickensian characters.”oiseau_blanc wrote this review Sunday, September 30, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In a recent Oprah, Sigrid Nunez said that reading Dickens's Bleak House is less like reading a book than it is like moving into new digs and staying there, quite a long while. The book is a wonderful send up of Dickens's Victorian times, and the entire (including the current) world of law and lawyers. Immensely funny.”breid wrote this review Friday, September 14, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lesser known that Oliver Twist and Great Expectations, Bleak House is undoubtedly Dickens greatest work.”netrack wrote this review Tuesday, September 4, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“quite possibly Dickens’ magnum opus[br/][br/]Bleak House boasts all the hallmarks of brilliant Dickens - a sprawling and ambitious plot (without the sacrifice of an iota of suspense or impetus), brimming with eccentric characters and an almost gothic thriller appeal. [br/][br/]With wit, complexity and lack of guile, Dickens’ winds through an unflattering vision of the Victorian legal system, to heartrending household drama, to an investigation of homicide. All characters are intricately drawn, hitting a compelling balance between austere emotional honesty and caricature subjects.[br/][br/]At the outset, we are introduced to Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, two young orphans and wards of Chancery, who learn they are potential heirs to a vast fortune. As they learn more about their prospective windfall, they quickly find out that their destiny is at the hands of a shady legal system. Notwithstanding, the two orphans, particularly the young and naïve Richard Carstone, become entangled in a colossal protracted legal battle for their fortune, known as “Jarndyce & Jarndyce”. [br/][br/]But at the root of the story is another orphan, Esther Summerson - poor and plain, trustworthy and kind - whose unknown descent proves to be entwined with the cool and aloof Lady Dedlock, a rich noble woman of ‘dubious breeding’. The story unfolds further as Esther, and the young wards of court, Ada and Richard, are sent to live with a kind-hearted and benevolent guardian, John Jarndyce. While developing a deep love for Esther, which is truly touching and yet ultimately abandoned, John Jarndyce harbors a deeply unsettled past which inevitably comes to light. [br/][br/]Bleak House validates the fact that pathos, social disparagement, and absurdity, and can all be contained in one wonderfully compelling chronicle. [br/][br/]Dickens ambitious tale has fast become a personal favourite, and is a masterpiece that can be enjoyed over and over again - and has been, for generations.[br/][br/]”book yeti wrote this review Monday, July 30, 2007. ( reply | view 3 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my favorite Dickens novels, despite the fact that Esther Summer is one of the least realistic females to ever grace the pages of an English novel. But Bleak House is weighty (literally and figuratively) and in turns fun, serious, romantic and suspenseful. The narration can take a little getting used to as it switches from third to first (Esther) person but Dickens keeps things moving along at a brisk pace and the ending in generally very satisfying.”Theophania wrote this review Monday, July 16, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No