About the book-
A Tale of Two Cities (published in 1859) is one ofthe greatest novels on the French Revolution. Partly inspired by Thomas Carlyle’s French Revolution, it is a mammoth work of imagination, giving a fictional account of the events and causes leading up to that fateful summer of 1789. Dickens had immense sympathy for the plight of the poor and the downtrodden, and he saw the revolution (like Carlyle) solely as the uprising of the poor intent on seizing their rights and exacting revenge on the aristocrats. Dickens leaves out the philosophy of Rousseau and concentrates on the representation of a certain section of society that has proved, throughout history, that there is a limit to human endurance. In the first part of the novel Dickens is full of admiration for the people who refuse to surrendertheir humanity and are ready to employ any means to assert it. But the massacres, the bloodbaths, the Guillotine filled Dickens with horror, and in the latter half of the novel he showshow blood thirst kills every human instinct and noble ideal and replaces it with a destructive madness..
My View on A Tale of Two Cities-
The novel, though long, is very fast paced; it is a novel of incidents, each incident following close upon the last. The style, the technique, and especially the humor, are typically Dickensian. Dickens’s language can sometimes prove to be difficult, but not exceptionally so. The story is an epic tragedy, masterfully portraying the great herowith a tragic flaw, caught in an atmosphere of hatred and ruthlessness.
Sydney Carton is, and will always remain, one my most favorite characters. His genius, his selflessness, his agony, and ultimately his noble sacrifice make him stand apart from all other heroes. On the other hand is Madame Defarge, whose name is carved in popular memory as one of the most sinister and malevolent characters in literary history. Many people, who have never read A Tale of Two Cities, have some idea about Madame Defarge and her knitting register. When Ifirst read this novel I was too young to understand the language, but I was profoundly moved. I read it again recently- the magic hasn’t worn off.
Story- ***** 5/5
Narration- ***** 5/5
Characters- ***** 5/5
Cover- ***** 5/5
Overall- ***** 5/5
About the Author-
Charles John Huffam Dickens(7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of theVictorian era.His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentiethcentury critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.