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Bleak House (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

"Bleak House" is truly Dicken's masterpiece!

Take it from a person who has read alot of Dickens: "Bleak House" is Dickens at his finest. From the sweeping Chancery case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce and the epic struggle of all of those blighted by the case's corrupting touch to the shocking revelation of Esther's true...
Take it from a person who has read alot of Dickens: "Bleak House" is Dickens at his finest. From the sweeping Chancery case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce and the epic struggle of all of those blighted by the case's corrupting touch to the shocking revelation of Esther's true pedigree, this novel entertains, enlightens, engrosses, and enriches the reader. Deeply evocative, this hefty novel, like so many other gargantuan tomes (e.g. War and Peace, Atlas Shrugged, The Brothers Karamazov, etc) has wisely been kept, surviving the ages for new generations to enjoy and revere. I highly recommend "Bleak House!"

P.S. My review was kind enough to leave out major plot points - why can't other people do that? - but this is really a slammer towards Barnes and Noble. To my great dismay, the back cover of your edition ruined the climax and denouement of several major plot lines in this book. Maybe next time you should actually increase intrigue in the book - like a good cover synopsis is supposed to do - instead of telling the story. Everyone who reads this novel has read books before, and I think 99% of the population can pretty much figure out one major plot line given away by the synopsis - or should I say spoiler - you have so fittingly placed on the back cover. If I wanted to find the plot line to "Bleak House" in three seconds, I would have bought your Sparknotes product for this book and not spent 4 weeks arduously reading, yet savoring, every one of Dickens well-placed, well-selected words!

posted by jmh23 on July 20, 2009

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Unreadable

Bleak house is a masterful mystery but this version has nonsense words not in the original. I will delete it because it is unreadable in this format.

posted by 8070419 on May 1, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    An Excellent Novel--But Not Dickens Best

    I've undertaken to read all of Dickens' major works, from 'Oliver Twist' to 'Our Mutual Friend'. Having recently finished 'Bleak House' I can give it a hardy recommendation with one caveat: the character of Esther is the best example of the worst aspects of Victorian morality. The intrigue, the murder, and the mysteries, are all examples of Dickens at his best; but how can one be sympathetic with a heroine whose annoying, self-effacing, yet self-aggrandizing, modesty causes the novel to continually grind to a halt? If not for this highly disagreeable character this would be Dickens' best. When there are hidden and underrated treasures like 'Barnaby Rudge' in the Dickens canon, I think 'Bleak House' can be put aside and read another day.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003

    Great Novel

    My Highschool class was required to read this book and do a paper analysing something Dicken's critiques in this book. I was not thrilled to read it, but as I got into it, I could not wait to see what the next chapter would reveal about the links between characters. The characters in the book are all unique, with good-hearted John Jarndyce and Esther Summerson, who is not a true person, but is an excellent mediator without the story. Also are those trapped by the courts, and those who are like vampires, such as Vholes and Tulkinghorn. This book is definitely worth reading, because Dickens uses individualized characters to critique England's society and customs of his day. An enjoyable read, especially if you pay attention to hints about how characters are connected and how the plot will close throughout the book. I recommend trying to put things together before finishing to see if you are close. It adds a bit more flavor to the reading!

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