A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is a book full of quotes. It is the book, in which the lines must be quoted and not para-phrased. I remember first picking up this book when I was fifteen but never finished. Until last year, when I finished the book. Charles Dickens has been a very important personality in my life. I got to know him when i was thirteen when I remember reading Oliver Twist which had an impact over me at that time.
Dickens characters always has never failed to amaze me but A Tale of Two Cities is all about the storyline which is set during era of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. It is a story of love, betrayal, courage, and of sacrifice and redemption. A Tale of Two Cities begins with Miss Lucie Manette and Mr. Jarvis Lorry make a trip to Paris because they believe they’ve found her father. Dickens describes their venture as on their, “way to dig someone out of the grave.” After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter.
Years later after Doctor’s release, Lucie and Dr. Manette take part in the trial of Charles Darnay, who is found innocent, and Darnay seeks Lucie’s hand in marriage. When revolutionaries learn that Darnay is related to an evil aristocrat, they imprison him the next time he is in France. Sydney Carton determines he can bring value to his life by rescuing Darnay. The novel successfully cover the theme of self-sacrifice and self-worth. It also provides social commentaries on British and French culture and politics.
Charles Dickens based his historical details of French Revolution and the private lives of a group of people caught up in the cataclysms of the French Revolution, on Carlyle’s great work – The French Revolution – and also on his own observations and investigations during his numerous visits to Paris. Unlike the descriptions of London, Dickens fails to interest me in his observations of the French Revolution. He oversimplifies the causes of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.
Many people say it is a mystery novel but the point is arguable that it is not. A Tale of Two Cities fails to astonish me as Dickens other work, especially the ‘real’ mystery novel Bleak House and satisfying David Copperfield.
3 out of 5.