This book is a must for Diehard Dickens fans. There are dozens of exciting characters and scenarios that definitely do not dissapoint. I do have to say that the read wont fly by like in A Tale of Two Cities but nonetheless a little patience is well worth it.
As this is the first Dickens novel I've read, it took me a little while to get into the flow of the text. Once I was able to, I was unable to put the book down. Fabulous character development, captivating plot, and delightfully (while delicately) suspenseful. Looking forward to picking up my next Dickens story!
This is a classic and very good. Sometimes I'm a wary of "classics" because they can be very boring but this one is not. The characters are so well drawn and the situation is somehow very accessible despite it's being written so long ago. If you haven't read this book, please do. Dickens lives up to his name and it will be worth the time you put into it.
"Bleak House may well be the finest literary work to come out of nineteenth-century England. In no other Victorian novel is the narrative more artful, the cast of characters more engaging, and the satire more biting....Bleak House displays Dickens at the height of his creative powers."
-From back cover
Charles Dickens has written two kind of novels - very detailed and wordy ones and ones that move quickly. This novel is one of his more fast paced novels. It involves the history of an orphan named Esther with a mysterious past who, along with two other young adults, is entangled in a legal battle with the superfluous Chancery courts of England.
A lengthy book (what by Dickens isn't?), but worth the read...if you can get past the slow start. Dickens does a good job of keeping the reader on his toes and turning the pages. For a thick book like this, it is certainly more convenient to read & carry around on an ereader than the print copy (especially when your print copy is over 100 years old, like mine is, and you're scared of messing it up)!