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Bleak House (Paperback)

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Paperback 1088 Pages / Published: 27/03/2003
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Bleak House is Charles Dickens's masterful assault on the injustices of the British legal system. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Nicola Bradbury, as well as a preface by Terry Eagleton. As the interminable case of 'Jarndyce and Jarndyce' grinds its way through the Court of Chancery, it draws together a disparate group of people: Ada and Richard Clare, whose inheritance is gradually being devoured by legal costs; Esther Summerson, a ward of court, whose parentage is a source of deepening mystery; the menacing lawyer Tulkinghorn; the determined sleuth Inspector Bucket; and even Jo, the destitute little crossing-sweeper. A savage, but often comic, indictment of a society that is rotten to the core, Bleak House is one of Dickens's most ambitious novels, with a range that extends from the drawing rooms of the aristocracy to the poorest of London slums. This edition follows the first book edition of 1853, and includes all the original illustrations by 'Phiz', as well as appendices on the Chancery and spontaneous combustion. In his preface, Terry Eagleton examines characterisation and considers Bleak House as an early work of detective fiction. Charles Dickens is one of the best-loved novelists in the English language, whose 200th anniversary was celebrated in 2012. His most famous books, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and The Pickwick Papers, have been adapted for stage and screen and read by millions. If you enjoyed Bleak House, you might like Dickens's Our Mutual Friend, also available in Penguin Classics. 'Perhaps his best novel ... when he wrote Bleak House he had grown up' G.K. Chesterton 'One of the finest of all English satires' Terry Eagleton

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141439723
Number of pages: 1088
Weight: 735 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 46 mm

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“Great book”

I really enjoyed this book

Paperback edition
13th May 2015
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While Dickens is an incredible writer the sheer amount of characters and interlocking story lines, not to mention the many complexities of the legal system of the time, were just too much for this to be that... More

Paperback edition
27th February 2015
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“Bleak House”

This book had been on my bookshelf to read since I was 15. Each year I would pick it up, and tail off somewhere around page 30 concluding that my taste just wasn't mature enough to digest it yet.
I am so glad I... More

Paperback edition
21st March 2011
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