Author: Charles Dickens
Welcome to the weekend! Well, it may be only creeping up on you, but where I am it is the weekend, and I am so pleased.
Anyway, enough with the facts. What about my position on A Tale of Two Cities. I love this book! I would be bold enough to say I place it at the top of my list of favourite classics - right at the top. When I first picked this up I thought it was dull. I had to keep reading it because I had an essay to write on the stupid novel. Well, that was my first opinion. I couldn't have been more wrong with my first impressions. If you are reading this and finding it a little slow and heavy - keep reading.
By the middle - yes, it took me till about the middle - I started to want to know answers. There are so many twists in this book. I loved it!
By the end - I was ready to re-read it. I will read this again, so I guess that makes it a classic. I have talked to some my friends who have only read the first few chapters. Some them have read the first few chapters on several occasions, and still never finished the book. I really recommend sticking with this past, probably the middle - at least. And maybe read it a second time to get more respect for the writing. It was through writing an essay that I think I really fell in love with A Tale of Two Cities. Writing an essay is not my favourite pass time, but I am pleased I had to write on this novel otherwise I wouldn't have read it.
Seriously, I found the first few chapters like chewing dry old meat, but by the end I had it on my favourite classic list.... right at the top.
After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.
This edition uses the text as it appeared in its serial publication in 1859 to convey the full scope of Dickens's vision, and includes the original illustrations by H. K. Browne ('Phiz'). Richard Maxwell's introduction discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy.