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BLEAK HOUSE , by Charles Dickens

Bleak House - Charles Dickens

I read this back in 2006 as part of a book group discussion. All I remember about it was that it was long and that Dickens has a chapter in the book that sounds much like an editorial critical of the prison system of his day. I was reminded of the book because it showed up on my PageADay Book Lover's Calendar for today. The review from the calendar is below:

Against the backdrop of the soul-sucking English legal system unfolds a novel that encompasses both miraculous goodness and shocking villainy. Despite the gloomy-sounding title, our heroine, the orphaned Esther, is a bright light of morality and smarts, who triumphs in the face of all odds. Although Charles Dickens is known for his brilliant characterizations, rest assured that this 1853 classic also provides no shortage of murder and mayhem.
BLEAK HOUSE , by Charles Dickens (1853; Signet Classic, 2003)