Bleak House (Penguin classic)
‘Jarndyce and Jarndyce has passed into a joke. That is the only good that has ever come of it’
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 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 of 1853. Terry Eagleton’s preface examines characterization and considers Bleak House as an early work of detective fiction
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