It has been almost six years since I first read Charles Dickens' Bleak House. Did I enjoy it more the second time? Yes, I think so. I really, really liked it the first time I read it. Though to be honest, there were a few times I almost gave up on it until I discovered a good adaptation of it. But the second time around, I really LOVED IT.
I think the 'romance' worked better for me the second time around because I knew who Esther would choose and I was prepared for it. When I first read the book, I was so under-impressed by the doctor that I forgot him once he went away to sea. I did not see him as the love of her life that she dared not hope return her love. This time I paid for attention and tried to see him through her eyes. I still really, really LOVE John Jarndyce (can I have him, please?!?!) but I've come to accept that she rightly belongs with the doctor.
I also came to a better appreciation for Inspector Bucket. I trusted him more and didn't see him as a villain.
Read Bleak House
- If you enjoy Charles Dickens
- If you enjoy reading classics
- If you enjoy reading LONG books
- If you enjoy Victorian literature
- If you enjoy classic mysteries, Inspector Bucket is one of the first fictional detectives
- If you enjoy stories about law and inheritance
- If you enjoy understated romance
- If you enjoy guardianship stories
- If you enjoy stories with angelic heroines
- If you enjoyed watching the miniseries
One sentence summary: Bleak House is about a long, often-thought-hopeless, law case that seems to doom all involved with it, perhaps with the exception of John Jardyce and his favorite ward, Esther Summerson.
© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews