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Bleak House (2005) Special Edition (DVD)
It has always been recognized as one of Charles Dickens's literary masterworks, but this Bleak House is now fast moving, daring, gripping television. Here is the murder mystery, the love story, the comic genius and the tantalizing scandal of the novel but, stripped of its sentimentality, we find ourselves swept along by a pulsating and edgy drama. Out of an interminable court case spin three young people, each seaching for their place in the world. The story moves fast - swirling through a incredible array of characters from passionate young lovers, from an ice-cold aristocratic beauty to a shrewd, relentless detective - until the final thrilling climax. With a screenplay by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice), Bleak House features a galaxy of major stars from feature film, television and comedy.]]>
- Interviews with Gillian Anderson, Denis Lawson, and Charles Dance
- Commentaries by writer Andrew Davies, producer Nigel Stafford-Clark, and directors Justin Chadwick and Susanna White
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Dickens is an author form Victorian England from the 1800s, so be aware that often the way his characters talk and describe things will make it a little difficult to understand at first reading, I often had to re-read passages to understand them. What's more this is a really long novel. Don't let this put you off though! Just take it slow and allow yourself to be captured by the characters and plot you will find this an incredible journey,
The characters verge on being caricatures but draw you in despite yourself. The lifestyle and culture of the time is an education without even intending to be and mostly effortless though you will have to apply yourself sometimes. More importantly, this book contains some of the most heartrendingly beautiful prose I have come across. In particular the death of one of the main characters is so delicately expressed, that I read it multiple times to be sure I understood it, and then read it several more times to savour it's beauty.
Yes this is a little too tidy and neat in it's beginning to end storyline with all the loose ends tied up, (though we are well used to that with modern day movies) but it is satisfying and at the end very gratifying. Bottom line, this is well worth the time and effort you ill put into it. Persevere and enjoy!
It is definitely worth a read, but a warning is that it is very LONG, so allocate a lot of time for it.
Near the end of the book he says something to the effect of his having to struggle with his desire to keep writing. I wish he had. I could easily have read another 830 pages of the stories of the lives of such amazingly real and memorable characters!