Sunday, August 04, 2013

Bleak House

Bleak HouseBleak House by Charles Dickens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Bleak House.  Dickens uses incredibly lush and complex metaphorical descriptions for London, estate houses, and especially, the Chancery Court.  What makes this novel one of my favourite Dickens books is the sweet and good unreliable narrator, Esther Summerson.  She is not perfect (which is even better than perfect).  Her imperfections lie in her lack of self-confidence and too-trusting nature.  Even as she tells in the nicest and most trusting tone about some other character's actions, the reader can tell that other character's truer nature.  And eventually Esther comes around to the reader's opinion, saddened if the other character turns out to be less than her ideal.

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