I don't know if any of you went to my favorite books page and saw my list of favorite books, but if you did, you would have noticed that A Tale of Two Cities is close to the top. Well, would you believe that I didn't even have my own copy of it? Until today, that is.
I am pleased as punch. (By the way, does anyone know the origin of that statement? I have read it in many books, but I never thought about where it came from until now.)
I feel that such an occasion deserves a post on this blog.
Sydney Carton is one of the best characters ever created, and Madame Defarge is one of the worst. I mean, she's a good character with a bad character. Anyway, you know what I mean.
If you have never read this book, then you have no idea of what you are missing. It is one of the best pieces of literature ever penned. I don't even know why I like it so much, really. I guess it's just the characters. That's usually what grips me as far as books go. Seriously, though, I am certain that I have read stories with similar plots, but none of them have ever stuck with me like this one.
Also, Dickens not only put an epic beginning sentence in that book, he put an epic ending sentence in as well. A book with epic sentences at both ends surely deserves some credit. And the stuff in the middle is pretty good, too!
Thanks for reading, and God bless,