Tonight we’re going to party like it’s March 1852!
We’re making a start on our Book Club group readalong of Bleak House, by Charles Dickens. This month, we’ll read Chapters 1 to 4, and discuss it here in this forum topic thread. Next month (January 2023), we’ll read the next chunk, and discuss that in a new topic thread, which will be opened on or shortly after the first day of the month.
When this instalment of Bleak House was first published, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte had recently proclaimed a new constitution for the French Second Republic, and, in London, the first British public toilet for women had opened and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children had admitted its first patient. Charles Dickens was one of the early fundraisers for the hospital, but I’m not aware that he had any involvement in the other two events.
If you have yet to obtain a copy of the text, you can download the full novel from Project Gutenberg or Standard Ebooks. Audiobook versions are available from LibriVox. But, as always in our Book Club, any edition will do.
Chapters 1 to 4 at the ready, let’s go!