Bleak House  -     By: Charles Dickens
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Bleak House

Vintage / 2012 / Paperback

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Bleak House centers upon the everlasting case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce. Tied up in Chancery, the case concerns the inheritance of Richard Carstone and Ada Clare, two young cousins who, along with Ada's companion Esther Summerson, travel to Bleak House as the wards of Mr. Jarndyce. Despite the best warnings of Mr. Jarndyce that the case is the family's "curse," and to refuse to put any faith in a positive outcome, Richard increasingly strives towards securing a resolution which favors the will naming him and Ada as the heirs. As intersecting storylines weave in and out, connections and secrets are revealed, resulting in a complex work which showcases Dickens finest observations on London life as well as his complete command of storytelling.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 960
Vendor: Vintage
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 030794719X
ISBN-13: 9780307947192

Publisher's Description

One of Charles Dickens’s most critically admired novels, this story of a monumental and life-consuming court case features one of his most vast and varied casts of colorful characters.

In Bleak House, competing claims of love and inheritance—complicated by murder—have given rise to a costly and decades-long legal battle that one litigant refers to as "the family curse." The insidious London fog that rises from the river Thames and seeps into the very bones of the characters symbolizes the pervasive corruption of the legal system and the society that supports it, targets of Dickens’s satirical wrath. Displaying Dickens’s familiar panoramic sweep and brilliant characters—including the mysterious orphan Esther Summerson, her gentle guardian John Jarndyce, the haughty Lady Dedlock, and the scheming lawyer Mr. Tulkinghorn—the novel is also a bold experimental narrative that unforgettably dramatizes our most basic human conflicts.
 

Author Bio

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born in Portsmouth, England, and spent most of his life in London. When he was twelve, his father was sent to debtor’s prison and he was forced to work in a boot polish factory, an experience that marked him for life. He became a passionate advocate of social reform and the most popular writer of the Victorian era.

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"His best novel. . . . When Dickens wrote Bleak House he had grown up." —G. K. Chesterton

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