Bleak House (Paperback)

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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


Charles Dickens' Bleak House is held to be one of Dickens' finest novels. It contains one of the most vast, complex and engaging arrays of characters and sub-plots in his entire canon. Many of this intricate novel's subplots deal with the minor characters and their ties to the main plot. The novel revolves around a long-running litigation in England's Court of Chancery, Jarndyce v Jarndyce. This case is about a testator who made several wills. The litigation consumed years and at great expense, is emblematic of the failure of Chancery. Dickens' assault on the flaws of the British judiciary system is based in part on his own experiences as a law clerk, and in part on his experiences as a Chancery litigant seeking to enforce his copyright on his earlier books.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781483703077
ISBN-10: 148370307X
Publisher: Bottom of the Hill Publishing
Publication Date: September 1st, 2013
Pages: 556
Language: English