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Bleak House - Charles Dickens

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Published: June 2003
For Ages: 18+ years old
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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 edition in book form on 1853. Terry Eagleton's preface examines characterisation and considers Bleak House as an early work of detective fiction.

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. David Trotter is Quain Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of Department at University College London. Charlotte Mitchell is Lecturer in English at University College London.

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I hope the book is as good as the movie!

By Mary quite contrary

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    Comments about Bleak House:

    Loved the movie and look forward to reading the book. I would recommend to other readers.

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    ISBN: 9780141439723
    ISBN-10: 0141439726
    Series: Penguin Classics
    Audience: General
    For Ages: 18+ years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 1088
    Published: June 2003
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 6.5
    Weight (kg): 0.71