Bleak House (version 4)

Bleak house is one of Dickens finest achievements. It was written for serialisation in 1853 when Dickens was at the peak of his career. Monthly sales substantially exceeded his previous bestseller David Copperfield.Dickens' mastery of the English language comes to the fore in this book. It is an energetic book: a complex mystery story revolving around the heroine Esther Summerson and her path from childhood to marriage. During the course of Esther’s narration Dickens introduces some wonderful and unforgettable characters, and at the same time provides a searing indictment of the laws’ corruption and self-serving interests which prevailed during that time. He pokes fun at the languid and landed aristocracy and questions the societal indifference to the poor. Detection, black comedy, farce, and tragic ruin run through the story. Critics at the time were unenthusiastic but the public were enthralled by it! - Summary by Peter John Keeble

68 chapters
In Chancery
In Fashion
A Progress
Telescopic Philanthropy
A Morning Adventure
Quite at Home
The Ghost's Walk
Covering a Multitude of Sins
Signs and Tokens
The Law-Writer
Our Dear Brother
On the Watch
Esther's Narrative
Bell Yard
Esthers Narrative
Lady Dedlock
Moving On
A New Lodger
The Smallweed Family
Mr Bucket
Esther's Narrative
An Appeal Case
Mrs Snagsby Sees It All
More Old Soldiers Than One
The Ironmaster
The Young Man
Esther's Narrative
Nurse and Patient
The Appointed Time
A Turn of the Screw
Esther's Narrative
Chesney Wold
Jarndyce and Jarndyce
A Struggle
Attorney and Client
National and Domestic
In Mr. Tulkinghorn's Room
In Mr. Tulkinghorn's Chambers
Esther's Narrative
The Letter and the Answer
In Trust
Stop Him!
Jo's Will
Closing In
Dutiful Friendship
Esther's Narrative
The Track
Springing a Mine
Esther's Narrative
A Wintry Day and Night
Esther's Narrative
A Discovery
Another Discovery
Steel and Iron
Esther's Narrative
Beginning the World LXVI.
Down in Lincolnshire LXVII.
The Close of Esther's Narrative