Bleak House (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
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"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 neighbors 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. This highly critical look at the flaws of the British judiciary system contains the illustrations by Phiz that are found in the original editions.
About the Author
Charles Dickens is considered one of the English language's greatest writers. His works include The Adventures of Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and A Tale of Two Cities. Phiz is the pseudonym of Hablot Knight Browne, the English artist who was the illustrator of several Charles Dickens books in their original editions.
"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, director, Doctor Who
"Perhaps Bleak House is his best novel. . . When Dickens wrote Bleak House he had grown up." —G. K. Chesterton
"I keep on reading it in order to discover how to write a novel." —John Mortimer, author, Rumpole of the Bailey
"He happens to be my favorite novelist." —Joss Whedon on Charles Dickens