Literature: Bleak House: The Plot Catches Fire by Sam Jordison

“So, reluctantly, we come to the end of Bleak House. After being immersed for so long, it feels like parting from an old friend. Wise, witty, hilarious, fantastic, mawkish, strange, wonderful Dickens. And who knew it was going to turn into such a scramble at the end? Such a tense, fast-moving drama? I didn’t – and nor did plenty of other Reading Group contributors…” Click for the rest of the article.

My Note: At sixty-seven (67) chapters, this novel is quite long… but it is well worth it; I listened to the audiobook found here: You can obtain mp3, epub, mobi, and other formats there as well; Mil Nicholson’s multi-character narration is absolutely golden, so I strongly recommend the audio version.

Bleak House is now one of my all-time favourite works of fiction; I am sorry that the story ended but (since there are other things that can be done with that time) I am relieved as well. Nonetheless, and again, it was worth it. Dickens opened up a new world for me and a rich one at that. This novel made me think about things I never thought of before and made me appreciate just how grateful I should be in so many (really… all) arenas and avenues of life. Compared to the mid-1800s, the large majority of us in America have it so very, very easy… and comfortable. So many things are taken for granted, everything from schooling, to healthcare, to electronic means of capturing and relaying needful information… so many things to be considered; it’s like what William DeVaughn said (or sang) “Just be thankful for what you got.”

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