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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407015064
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 992

Bleak House




'Perhaps Bleak House is his best novel. . . . When Dickens wrote Bleak House he had grown up' G. K. Chesterton

'The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself'

'Jarndyce and Jardyce' is an infamous lawsuit that has been in process for generations. Nobody can remember exactly how the case started but many different individuals have found their fortunes caught up in it. Esther Summerson watches as her friends and neighbours are consumed by their hopes and disappointments with the proceedings. But while the intricate puzzles of the lawsuit are being debated by lawyers, other more dramatic mysteries are unfolding that involve heartbreak, lost children, blackmail and murder.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407015064
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 992

Praise for Bleak House

“Dickens's chilling tale of murder and betrayal”

Sunday Times

“Kafka's favourite book, a tour de force that mixes grand scale and minutely-observed, perfectly-heard reality. Incomparable set-pieces (that opening! spontaneous combustion!) and dialogue”

James Hawes

“I keep on reading it in order to discover how to write a novel”

John Mortimer

“Bleak House reads like an encyclopedia not only of its time and place but of us”

Elizabeth Kostova

“Bleak House is the literati's favourite Dickens. It's one of the few stories that has modern resonance: the tale of a never-ending court case can be seen -if you squint -as the precursor of Kafka and Orwell”

A.A. Gill

“In addition to the usual range of Dickensian characters, scathing social observations and the first detective in British fiction, Bleak House features a murder, a frame-up for that murder, a child's tragic death, a character who dies by spontaneous combustion, a young beauty who loses her looks after catching smallpox, an opium addict and a secret love affair that produced an illegitimate child”

Daily Mail

“Dickens is huge - like the sky. Pick any page of Dickens and it's immediately recognizable as him, yet he might be doing social satire, or farce, or horror, or a psychological study of a murderer - or any combination of these”

Susannah Clarke

“Dickens has genius to vivify his observation”

Spectator

“He deals truly with human nature, which never can degrade; he takes up everything, good, bad, or indifferent, which he works up into a rich alluvial deposit.He is natural, and that never can be ridiculous”

Quarterly Review