I found the details about the Chancery court quite easy to follow, but admitedly I've been studying/working in law for about 7 years. I agree with what Martha said the fog setting the scene for the court and Jarndyce & Jarndyce.
My first impression of Esther is that she comes across as quite a frank and honest narrator.
Mrs Jellyby's house certainly seems very chaotic - I'm glad I'm not one of those children!! I feel sorry for Miss Jellyby, she seems almost trapped into helping with her mothers Africa projects and has no oppurtunity to learn other things. I imagine given the oppurtunity she could develop much more.
It's been ages since I've read any Dickens but enjoying Bleak House so far, looking forward to reading more and joining in more discussions here. :o)
I'm leaning towards Bleak House because of the chancery court stuff in it...
I remember watching the TV adaptation of Bleak House (with Gillian Anderson in it) when it was first shown. I really enjoyed it.
I'm torn between which book to read... I don't know if I'll be able to fit both in along with my Xmas books.
can I nominate Barnaby Rudge? I'm pretty sure I have a copy of it and it sounds interesting.
I'm reading North & South at the moment. It's been on my "to-read" shelf for ages. I've seen the BBC adaptation of it which I really loved. Enjoying the book so far - this is the first of Elizabeth Gaskells books I've read