Book Review: Bleak House

“And I looked up at the stars, and thought about travellers in distant countries and the stars THEY saw, and hoped I might always be so blest and happy as to be useful to some one in my small way.”

Bleak House, by Charles Dickens

I’ve enjoyed the Charles Dickens books I’ve read in the past, so high up on my to-be-read list are the ones I haven’t come to yet.

In “Bleak House”, the mystery surrounding the parentage of Esther Summerson intertwines with the lives of the people around her, including those caught up in the infamous case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce.

As with all Dickens books I’ve read, there is a huge cast of memorable characters to follow – some particular favourites in this (both in the ‘love’ and ‘love to hate’ categories!) were Esther, the mysterious Lady Dedlock, sinister lawyer Mr Tulkinghorn, the fabulously selfish Mr Skimpole and Inspector Bucket, an early example of the police detective in fiction. As a big mystery fan, I particularly enjoyed Mr Bucket, and the methods he uses compared with the later detectives I’ve enjoyed and he’s clearly inspired.

What are some of everyone else’s favourite Dickens books and characters?

Pages: 992 (Penguin Vintage Classics Edition)
Published: 1852
Rating: 🐈🐈🐈🐈/5

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Bleak House

  1. I find Dickens a little difficult, the only ones I’ve loved are Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. I think it’s the way he tends to procrastinate over the characters sometimes! I have read Bleak House, it was too long for me but I really liked the BBC TV adaptation.

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