Friday, May 4, 2012

Bleak House Readalong - Week Ten

Wow, wow, wow - this what quite a week for the readalongers! We've got a guy who's really losing his mind, a new baby, a secret about to be revealed, and two deaths. I think I'm going to go straight to my reading for the coming week instead of putting it off for a change!

What I Liked This Week: 
Mr. George and our beloved Jo were back. Tragically, just as Jo was finding people to care for him, he succumbs to illness. In true Dickensian manner, the reader is left with mixed feelings about the people's motives. True they cleaned him up, found him a place to stay, protected him, and fed him but...many of them seemed to be as happy to be doing it because they associated Jo with Esther and love her so as much as by a desire to make Jo's life better.

"Dead, your Majesty. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Dead. Right Reverends and Wrong Reverends of every order. Dead, men and women, born with Heavenly compassion in your hearts. And dying thus around us every day."

What I Really Liked This Week:
 Mr. Tulkinghorn was shot dead. Dead, my lords and gentlemen. Seriously, if this were a movie, when he got shot, the audience would have cheered! Poor Mr. George was arrested already but I think we can be pretty sure it wasn't him. 


  1. Lisa, how are you finding the experience of reading a little at a time as you have been with this book? Sometimes I feel like I'm less interested if I don't keep to my reading, one book at a time. Just wondering if you are the same?

  2. Sometimes you just have to trust Dickens through the 'slow' installments and know you'll be rewarded in the end. Sounds like you're at a good part now...