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Bleak House
Charles Dickens
368 Installments

The byzantine legal suit of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce forms the backbone of this intricate, richly populated novel, which so effectively satirizes the Chancery court system that it helped spur English legal reforms. A dark secret, a cold-blooded murder, and spontaneous human combustion are, frankly, not even the most exciting parts.

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Nov. 7, 2013
Rating Bleak House is difficult. It's hard to know how I might have perceived the story if I hadn't seen the miniseries first. Perhaps it suffers by reading it in tiny installments a little each day. But I think that regardless, this would not have been one of my all-time favorite Dickens. <br/><br/>Of course, I am a Jarndyce fan with book as well as series, so I can't love the ending. And unfortunately, Anna Maxwell Martin's subtly strong portrayal of Esther in the series makes book!Esther even more insipid and annoying by comparison. <br/><br/>However, Bleak House the book does contain some of Dickens' memorable characters, who were slighted in the miniseries by necessity; and some great scenes in which Dickens' mastery of pathos really shines. The scenes with Sir Leicester Dedlock were really moving, and I love the George subplot, which got barely skimmed over in the series. <br/><br/>On the whole, worth reading if you're a Dickens fan, even if it may not be his best.
 
Nov. 7, 2013
Not my favorite Dickens, but enjoyable. I think the number of (unimportant) characters drew me away from the story, thus losing my interest in the overall story. I know Dickens was a hack writer, but the endless characters were too much for even a Dickens fan.
 
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The longest book I have ever read but well worth the time. I would suggest that anyone thinking of reading this should watch Masterpiece Theater version of the book at least twice to understand all of the main characters and most of the minor characters.
 
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