• 19th century,  General Fiction

    Bleak House – Part II

    I keep on reading and enjoying Bleak House! So here goes the review of Part II, containing the following chapters: 5. A Morning Adventure 6. Quite at Home 7. The Ghost’s Walk I read these chapters a few days ago, so revisiting them with the knowledge of what will be happening a hundred pages after them (I’m already starting Part V tonight) helps giving some clues on what is really going on. This is a feeling I get in every chapter of the book: there is something going on and Dickens does not want the reader to fully know. We are asked to make a close reading, to guess and…

  • 19th century,  General Fiction

    Bleak House – Part I

    I picked up Bleak House as my second project for my 19th century course. I am not a big fan of Dickens, although I did enjoy the story behind Great Expectations (what did not catch me was the style) so this is a personal challenge for me. I bought the Penguin Clothbound edition, which includes the division of chapters in 20 parts and original illustrations from the original edition. I had planned on reviewing the book as a whole, but seeing that Ashley was parting her reading in parts, I feel like doing the same. Part I contains the following chapters: In Chancery In Fashion A Progress Telescopic Philanthropy I…

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    Happy Birthday Mr. Dickens!

    2012 is Charles Dickens’ year but today it’s been 200 years since one of the most famous English writers was born. He changed the concept of literature by entertaning the general public and creating some of the most iconic characters in Europe. His works, that got him out of his very humble origins, have influenced later literary authors, but also present day movies and even movie characters. To celebrate 2012 and to give Mr. Dickens another opportunity (Great Expectations was not one of my favourite readings regarding style back in 2010) I bought Bleak House, one of his most complex and longer novels. As usual, I chose the Penguin Clothbound…