Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Bleak House is a classic. The tale centers around Esther, a girl who knows nothing of her parents.  She becomes companion to a young ward of the court Ada Clare and the two become fast friends with their guardian Mr. Jarndyce. Ada falls in love with Mr. Jarndyce's other ward Richard Carstone. Richard and Mr. Jardyce have a fight and that causes tension all the way around. Elsewhere the beautiful Lady Dedlock is bored to death with her life. She makes a startling discovery with the help of a law clerk. She is tormented by the mean lawyer Mr. Tullinghorn.

This book gets 4.5 ⭐️ even though it is one of my favorite books.

1: The reason it doesn't get a full five stars is because some chapters are so bogged down with details that they are nearly impossible to get through. Also there are so many characters that they all get jumbled in my mind.

2: On the other hand, I love how Esther loves her mother when
she finds her. How she respects her wishes and stays away even though it must kill her.

3: I love the bit of humor in Caddy and her family. Mr. Skimpole is also funny at the beginning but he gets tiresome very quickly.

4: Justice on Mr. Tulkinghorn huzzah !!

5: The split narrative was different and nice. ( split between Esther's first person and an omniscient third person narrative)

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