A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

That famous quote from this novel is from the first page. You must’ve heard it paraphrased many times before, I know I have. This novel is Dicken’s take on the French Revolution. This is a historical novel with a love story that is disrupted by the Reign of Terror in France where the guilotine was making short work of any people thought to be aristocrats.

There were very memorable characters in this novel. Dickens sure loves his adjectives, doesn’t he? I was glad to be reading this on my eReader so I could look up the archaic words I had not read before. There were some really iconic scenes in the novel that will stay with me. A really powerful scene was when the aristocrat runs over a child, kills them, and throws a coin at the weeping father. The French Revolution is a long, and very complicated event, but Dicken’s has managed to give you just enough of the facts and rolled them up into a compelling narrative to try to stir up your emotions.

This is the first Dicken’s novel I have read. I have watched almost every film adaptation of A Christmas Carol. I am now very interested in reading it. I doubt I will fit it in before the end of 2021 though. I’m glad I read this classic novel this year.

Love it or hate it A Tale of Two Cities is one of those classic novels that is a must read for fans and scholars of English literature. The metaphors, characters, adn quotes from the book are oft reused or discussed in other newer books. The great books from the past inform writers in the present so it is very importnat to take time to read some older books (classics) from time to time. Is there a classic novel you’ve been interested in reading? Well, go read it then!

Rating: ★★★★

Book #118 in my 2021 Reading Challenge

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