A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin English Library)

by Charles Dickens, George Woodcock | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140430547 Global Overview for this book
Registered by maria-gr of Camden, Greater London United Kingdom on 12/23/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by maria-gr from Camden, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, December 23, 2006
From the book cover:
Superficially it appears the least Dickensian of all his novels. However, George Woodcock points out that, written at a point of crisis in Dickens's life, it was closely linked with past and present matters of deep personal importance t him. As such, this novel becomes the embodiment of Dickens's own passions, fears and forebodings: the revolution which engulfs the characters, Charles Darnay, Sydney Carton and Lucie Manette, become projections of Dickens himself. And the title, which contains the whole sweep of the author's vision, suggests the basic dichotomy on which the novel rests" the choice between changing society and changing oneself; the gulf between revolutionary ideals and methods; and the duality in the human heart externalized by the Darnay-Carton relationship.

I'm not a fan of Dickens's novels and sadly this one wasn't the exception. I found A Tale of Two Cities boring and a chore to finish. On the other hand the introduction to the book was very interesting, particularly the bits that concerned Dickens's friendship with Wilkie Collins.

Journal Entry 2 by maria-gr at Kapnikarea in Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Saturday, December 23, 2006

Released 12 yrs ago (12/24/2006 UTC) at Kapnikarea in Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece



I will release it at the Bally-Carols meeting in Athens.

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