Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities

Book - 1987
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-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index
Publisher: New York : Chelsea House Publishers, 1987.
ISBN: 9780877547389
Characteristics: vii, 146 pages ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bloom, Harold


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EuSei Nov 09, 2012

It was the best of times, it was the worse of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… This could have been written today, for it is so appropriate to our times! And who doesn’t know the first words of Dicken’s “Tale of Two Cities”? Well, actually I had never read it—and am very glad I did: what a marvelous book. (I actually read about it in Mrs. Kantor’s excellent “Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature.”) This is the story of of love’s redeeming qualities: it purifies the soul, it saves the lost—the best of times; it is also the story of the horrors of the French Revolution and its many excesses and crimes—the worse of times… A tale of love and hate, of the duality of human soul, but also the endurance of good. The movies I watched based upon this book could not recreate the beauty of its very touching end: one must read it to understand its meaning. Dickens was certainly a Christian man and everywhere we find mentions of God; but I am inclined to believe this will not be incommodious to the agnostic or the atheist. Definitely a must read for its quality, its lessons and the unmistakable Dickensonian style. (By the way, Lucie Manette is not an aristocrat; Dr. Manette, her father is a doctor—although the vicious, bloodthirsty masses of the Revolution would consider him such...)

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