Bleak House

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The complex story of a notorious law-suit in which love and inheritance are set against the classic urban background of 19th-century London, where fog on the river, seeping into the very bones of the characters, symbolizes the corruption of the legal system and the society which supports it. "Jarndyce and Jarndyce" is an infamous lawsuit that has been in process for generations. Nobody can remember exactly how the case started but many different individuals have found their fortunes caught up in it. Esther Summerson watches as her friends and neighbours are consumed by their hopes and disappointments with the proceedings. But while the intricate puzzles of the lawsuit are being debated by lawyers, other more dramatic mysteries are unfolding that involve heartbreak, lost children, blackmail and murder. The fog and cold that permeate Bleak House mirror a Victorian England mired in spiritual insolvency. Dickens brought all his passion, brilliance, and narrative verve to this huge novel of lives entangled in a multi-generational lawsuit--and through it, he achieved, at age 41, a stature almost Shakespearean. Introduction by Barbara Hardy
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Full title bleak house
Author dickens charles
Grouping Category book
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author Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
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display_description Bleak House, Dickens's most daring experiment in the narration of a complex plot, challenges the reader to make connections - between the fashionable and the outcast, the beautiful and the ugly, the powerful and the victims. Nowhere in Dickens's later novels is his attack on an uncaring society more imaginatively embodied, but nowhere either is the mixture of comedy and angry satire more deftly managed. Bleak House defies a single description. It is a mystery story, in which Esther Summerson discovers the truth about her birth and her unknown mother's tragic life. It is a murder story, which comes to a climax in a thrilling chase, led by one of the earliest detectives in English fiction, Inspector Bucket. And it is a fable about redemption, in which a bleak house is transformed by the resilience of human love.
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subject_facet Classics -- FICTION, Coming of Age -- FICTION, Domestic fiction, Electronic books, England -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- Fiction, England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction, Guardian and ward -- Fiction, Illegitimate children -- Fiction, Inheritance and succession -- Fiction, Legal stories, Literary -- FICTION, London (England) -- Fiction, Young women -- Fiction
title_display Bleak House
title_full Bleak House, Bleak House [classic] / Charles Dickens, Bleak House [electronic resource] Dickens, Charles.
title_short Bleak House
topic_facet Classic Literature, Classics, Coming of Age, Fiction, Guardian and ward, Illegitimate children, Inheritance and succession, Literary, Literature, Social conditions, Social life and customs, Young women