Friday, March 23, 2012
Bleak House Read-a-Long Week 4
reading The Sun Also Rises. Boy, did Dickens give me an appreciation for Hemingway's succinct style!
What I Liked This Week:
Some of the characters are starting to overlap stories. The household Jarndyce chanced to meet up with Lady Dedlock, a new character brings up a tie to Esther that Guppy learns about, and a mysterious "servant," who is clearly a lady (methinks Lady Dedlock) asks Jo to show her the haunts of Nemo, a character we have only met in death.
What I Didn't Like This Week:
Really, Dickens? More new characters? At least this time there appears to be a reason for introducing them but did we really need so much buildup of them? My husband read this book as part of a college English literature course. I can't imagine trying to keep track of all of these characters and be able to ascribe a purpose for their inclusion even as you are trying to race through the book to get it read in the short period of time you have to read a book in school.