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Zombie Bleak House

September 10, 2013

Last month’s ABA Journal cover story was “25 greatest law novels…ever!” and as “an online extra” to this cover story there was some short essays. One of those was about “Bleak House, by Charles Dickens” by Thane Rosenbaum, “novelist, essayist and law professor at Fordham University, where he is director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society“:

Bleak House is aptly titled; once one is drawn into a legal quagmire, the future becomes very bleak, indeed. Lawyers are nothing but purveyors of secrets and lies. They manipulate people with information that should otherwise remain privileged—for reasons of both private civility and the rule of law. Lawyers boast of acting in the interests of their clients when, in fact, the only interests they serve are their own. And courtrooms possess hypnotic appeal for those expecting judgment and resolution, and departing like zombies ready for tomorrow’s offering of another day of nothing.

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Of course for Hegel, nothing is still something, and in “Bleak House” the nothing is many hundreds of pages originally published in “20 monthly installments, each containing 32 pages of text and two illustrations by Phiz” … must be nice to be paid by the word (but that Dickens myth is not true).

See other mentions of Dickens in ZombieLaw

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