Jarndyce vs Jarndyce has been making its way through Chancery Court for decades, whole herds of attorneys have made their careers shepherding this case with its many tentacles through the halls of justice. Dickens worked for a time as a law clerk and later had his days in court on copyright law for his books. He skewers the British legal system with gusto in this story chock full of subplots and amusements. This is Charles Dickens at his best, blending humor, betrayal, social commentary, and a rollicking good story. I don’t want to give away the plot, but it is a grand story worthy of the master.— Deon Stonehouse
Bleak House is one of Dickens' more accomplished novels. It's an intricately plotted book with many characters, and it draws upon Dickens' knowledge of England's Court of Chancery with the fictional case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce. The litigation has eaten up years and the vast majority of the estate due to conflicting wills. While the court case is certainly the backdrop, we also meet Esther Summerson, who comes to stay at Bleak House. Is she one of the heirs? Is that why Mr. Jarndyce wants to make sure she's well cared for at the estate? We also meet Lady Dedlock, who has her own secrets. Among the other characters, are cousins Richard Carstone and Ada Clair, who fall in love and are beneficiaries of one of the wills. Conflict and social commentary mix with satire and some of Dickens' best characters. Bleak House is a long, but rewarding novel. One of Dickens' best.
About the Author
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was--and is--one of the most popular authors of all time. His novella, A Christmas Carol, is certainly one of the most influential works of fiction ever. Dickens was an international celebrity, and his classic novels include Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Hard Times, Bleak House, and many more.