Bleak House, Charles Dickens


“But injustice breeds injustice; the fighting with shadows and being defeated by them necessitates the setting up of substances to combat.” 

After slogging through 600 pages of Dickens, an author I would usually prefer not to read at all, I have read enough to add it as another book on my Bookstravaganza list of reading feats.

The story of Bleak House is complicated with dozens and dozens of characters (like all Dickens seem to be.)   The story mostly revolves around a court case Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce, a case surrounding a substantial inheritance that everyone and their dog in London seems to be fighting to win.  As always Dickens takes on society, the heartlessness of it, and senselessness of successes of some characters and failures of others.  But like always I find myself completely confused by all the characters, their quirky names and the busy-ness of their comings and goings in the story.  I suppose what I appreciated the most was getting to understand the politics and debates in London at the time, especially surrounding colonialism and industrialization.     

I am very glad to have finally read a complete book from Charles Dickens, but here is my advice to you: the 2005 BBC miniseries is available on Netflix – it features Cary Mulligan and Gillian Anderson – watch that instead. 

Books Read: 12


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