In its oppressive atmosphere of fog, mist, and mud, nothing conjures up the dreary days of November and its "implacable" weather like the celebrated opening of
Bleak House, by Charles Dickens. The plot concerns a long-running legal dispute (Jarndyce and Jarndyce) which has far-reaching consequences for all involved. Dickens' assault on the flaws of the British judiciary system is based in part on his own experiences as a law clerk. His harsh characterization of the slow, arcane Chancery law process gave voice to widespread frustration with the system, helping to set the stage for its eventual reform in the 1870s.
This novel represents the highest point of Dickens' intellectual maturity. Over the years it has been one of his most popular books and was recently turned into a PBS film starring Gillian Anderson.
"Vigorous satire....[with] a host of interesting minor characters." (
The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)
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Bleak House Review
Read by a human? Are you sure??
A human that can speak with inflection and passion and doesn't sound like Adobe Acrobat voice reader. The story is fantastic, one of my favourite Dickens novels, but the naration is driving me mad!
I love it all, there are so many! Also I don't want to spoil it for anyone who doesn't know the story. Krook's demise is particularly good!
Anybody else, but Simon Callow would have been excellent.....
Definitely disappointment, I'm currenlty looking for an alternative naration of it.
Having a narrator that can pronounce the words as they are meant to be pronounced and not literally as they are written, would be a start!
- Anne Magrat