Welcome to this year’s Dickens challenge on Bleak House! I hope you have read the book… If not, you should still be able to enjoy these posts and perhaps even participate.
I am calling this post my “Main Challenge Post”. If you have posts you want to include in the challenge, please link them here or to Yvette’s main challenge post. (Don’t worry too much if you link to other posts, I will find them).
Over the course of the week, I will post five short essays and then post a wrap up on Saturday. I am going to put links at the bottom of this page as they come up.
I had looked into Dickens’ books before this started, but I read absolutely zero about Bleak House beyond that it is many critics’ absolute favorite Dickens’ works, and some feel it is his most important. In other words, beyond knowing it was the favorite of many, I went into it “blind”, knowing absolutely nothing about the book.
(Did I use the word “absolutely” enough in that paragraph? 😉)
I read Bleak House for enjoyment, so I wasn’t really trying to analyze while I read, no more than I would with any other book. It was very much brain candy. When I finished, I immediately sat down and wrote five short essays to use for the challenge, the ones I will post Monday through Friday. So the posts I will be putting up this week are very much first impressions. (I did refer to the book often as I wrote and did correct a few misunderstandings of a first read. Later I did a few small tweaks, but didn’t change that first impression that I expressed on the first draft.)
This is a huge, complex book so, obviously, I missed many details and most likely a few major plot points. Maybe I will someday go back and try to catch it all, but I doubt it. At least not soon… I did read a little about the book more recently (a couple of essays that are included in the front of the edition I have), and did see some of what I missed from my read, but, for the most part, I left those things out of my posts – as I said, they are first impressions of a casual reader.
So, on to the Challenge!
(Reminder – Not only are Yvette and myself going to do a series of posts, we want others to get involved. We would, of course, love to have others do Bleak House posts themselves, but also encourage discussion on our posts. As an incentive, we are going to put the names of the participants into a drawing for two Amazon gift certificates.)
Important posts and such:
Here are my posts for this challenge:
Here are Yvette’s posts for this challenge:
Yvette’s Bleak House Challenge A-Z – Yvette gives 26 take-aways from the novel in this great post!
Yvette’s Challenge Opening Remind (Besides a reminder, Yvette is keeping track of the challenge on this post)
Here are all of the pre-challenge and reminder posts (some contain good material for discussion!):
Yvette’s opening post
My opening post
Yvette’s reminder post (includes other material)
My Reminder Post
My Month Countdown Post (London Fog…)
My Last Reminder (Lady Dedlock)
Yvette’s Challenge Opening Reminder
And here are your posts (I’ll add links taken from ones I find on both my posts and Yvette’s posts):
First in: derrickjknight – ‘Bleak House’ Comes To The End
Retirement Reflections – What’s on Your Bookshelf? (June Edition, leading off with Bleak House)
Marsha Ingrao – Always Write – Too Early to Have Coffee Today (Coffee share post with a few Bleak House paragraphs)