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Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Het grauwe huisHet grauwe huis by Charles Dickens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, such a rich and complex book! But never too complex to become boring. It’s not something I would be able to read in one go (that would take up a lot of time as well, since it’s quite a long story), but something I can pick up at any time and get sucked into it again rightaway.
The characters are VERY well developed and that’s quite an accomplishment with so many of them walking about! I honestly don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said about this book apart from: it’s simply brilliant.

Speaking of Brilliant; the edition I read was a Dutch one from a publisher called ‘Brilliant Books’. Thank god Dickens is such an amazing writer or I would’ve tossed this one out after 10 pages: horrid translation from, I don’t know, the ’20’s?? Very small and sometimes, thanks to endless copying, unreadable print and with black smudges for illustrations. I’m pretty sure that if this was any other book, I would’ve given up on it. After awhile, I got used to the crappy style though and just read through it so to speak.

As a last note: Mr. Jarndyce has stolen my heart and he and Esther Summerson will probably still linger in my thoughts for a long time!

About Anne (231 Articles)
Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

4 Comments on Bleak House by Charles Dickens

  1. This is one of my all-time favourite books along with Great Expectations πŸ™‚ Such a brilliant (if very long!) book. I’m really glad you enjoyed it.

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    • It IS a brilliant book! high fives I really wanted to read Nicholas Nickleby this winter, but I’m afraid I won’t have enough time because it’s even longer than Bleak House! Have you read it? πŸ™‚

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