Friday, April 13, 2012

Bleak House Readalong - Week Seven

Huzzah! Things are really starting to happen now, after only a 350 page buildup. Little surprises, big surprises, characters are coming together and I'm finally, finally really wanting to pick up this book and read!

What I Liked This Week:
No new characters to keep track of - 'nuff said.

Spontaneous combustion. Apparently this wasn't just an interesting way to kill off a character; Dickens actually believed that spontaneous combustion was possible. The descriptions of this - so vivid!

BBC's Krook - before he combusted!

What I Didn't Like This Week:
Is it possible that Dickens forgot that earlier in the book he had made a point to show Mrs. Woodcourt snubbing Esther then all of a sudden she is staying at Bleak House and making buddy-buddy with Esther. Okay, I'm pretty sure it wasn't a mistake and she's not necessarily trying to endear herself to Esther but still, it was strange.

Do not ever accidentally check the character list for a book in SparkNotes to be reminded who a character is. They totally spoil things in their explanations. So irritated do have found out some things I would far preferred to have had revealed to me much later!


  1. Thanks for the sparknote tip! I'm in the 200's right now..need to get going!

  2. So glad that the book is picking up for you! I am dying to see what you think as things continue to go further. This is one of those books that I really feel a strong need to read!

  3. I was wondering about that whole spontaneous combustion thing myself, and I think it's rare but entirely possible! Especially if the person is rarely mobile, drinks a ton of alcohol, is obese, and is near a cigarette. I can't recall - was he near one? (It's been a while since I read the book.) But I do recall he drank a lot and was obese and spent his time siting in the chair, so he qualifies on other counts.