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Bleak House by Charles Dickens, First Edition - AbeBooks
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Chapter 1: Dickens and Browne: Illustration, Collaboration, and Iconography
Edition set of "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens.
Both volumes feature full-page facing illustrations by H. Opening in the swirling mists of London, the novel revolves around a court case that has dragged on for decades—the infamous Jarndyce and Jarndyce lawsuit, in which an inheritance is gradually devoured by legal costs. Bucket, one of the first detectives to appear in English fiction; and the hilarious Mrs. Jellyby, whose endless philanthropy has left her utterly unconcerned about her own family. Can the resilience of her love transform a bleak house? And—more devastatingly—will justice prevail?
Condition: Light soiling to covers; worn corners. Both volumes are tightly bound with no cracks and no loose pages. VOL I: a section at the top edge of the spine has chipped off; tiny tear at bottom-center of spine; tear at center of hinge between left edge of spine and back cover. Heavy foxing to the end papers leading up to the opposite side of the frontispiece but not on the frontispiece ; lighter, consistent foxing throughout the book. Name written in pen at top edge of title page; otherwise good condition pages with no writing, stains or tears found.
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Change shipping country. Returns accepted. Meet CraigsClassics. Message the Seller. Reviews 5 out of 5 stars Shipped on time, exactly as described, will enjoy reading with gr. I bought 3 books.
They all came well pkg'd, in condition as described and on time. Easy communication with the seller. Warning - this is a DRM book, so it cannot be saved to Calibre on a computer so that it will open. I like to back up my favorite books after I purchase them, and you are unable to with this version. TedK More than 1 year ago I have acquired the habit of reading a classic every third or fourth novel I read. Bleak House was the best novel that I have read in a long time, beating out Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner which I liked immensely.
I liked the subtle humor in it as well as the outrageous depiction of some of the key characters that were undoubtedly based on people that Dickens knew. The original illustrations were marvelous.
postnacote.tk My only negative comment has to do with the introduction written by a scholar who is an expert in Victorian literature, and I would recommend skipping it because it is largley incoherent. Beviereads More than 1 year ago Could not lay this book down Dickens was a writing genius!!!!!!! Not for the faint of heart Brenna Fischer More than 1 year ago A wonderful version with beautiful pictures.
I doubt there is a better version of Bleak House. I am glad I waited till now to read this novel, because I think I would have been lost if I attempted this book in middle school or high school. There are many major characters; Harold Skimpole is my favorite. However, there are many more minor characters throughout the novel; therefore, it can be difficult for a reader to keep a grasp on everyone. Esther Summerson is the main character of the novel and the mystery that surrounds her life and identity is the meat of this story.
Definitely another long book that I had to put down and pick up again several times while I was reading this novel. Readers are thrown into copious amounts of storylines that link together to main conflict of the book whicj is the investigation into Lady Dedlock's past. This is a novel that has a combination of murder, compassion and mystery that can keep readers engaged for the pages of the story with only a few lulls.