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One of Charles Dickenss most critically admired novels, this story of a monumental and life-consuming court case features one of his most vast and varied casts of colorful characters.
In Bleak House, competing claims of love and inheritancecomplicated by murderhave given rise to a costly and decades-long legal battle that one litigant refers to as the family curse. The insidious London fog that rises from the river Thames and seeps into the very bones of the characters symbolizes the pervasive corruption of the legal system and the society that supports it, targets of Dickenss satirical wrath. Displaying Dickenss familiar panoramic sweep and brilliant charactersincluding the mysterious orphan Esther Summerson, her gentle guardian John Jarndyce, the haughty Lady Dedlock, and the scheming lawyer Mr. Tulkinghornthe novel is also a bold experimental narrative that unforgettably dramatizes our most basic human conflicts.