Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bleak House

Dickens concludes his novel, Bleak House, with a wonderful and exciting immersion into the world of Detective Bucket. Bucket brilliantly solves the murder of Mr. Tulkinghorn (with the assistance of his wife) and goes on an unfortunately unsuccessful search for Lady Dedlock. In the process of bringing together the main elements of the narrative Dickens manages to portray some of his best characters as Sir Leicester Dedlock and John Jarndyce demonstrate their benevolence and exceedingly good natures. Esther and Allen Woodcourt manage to surmount their communication difficulties with delightful result. The novel, in all it complications and seeming "modernity" closes as leaving the reader smiling.

Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Penguin Classics, New York. 1996 (1853)

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