Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities

I was excited when my local book club decided to read this for our March novel. I remembered reading it my senior year of High School and that I liked it, but I didn't remember much about the actual book. So it was a great situation, I read a book that I already knew I would enjoy but didn't remember so it was like reading it for the first time. And it was fabulous.

I knew in the first chapter why I had enjoyed reading A Tale of Two Cities the first time. Dickens' wit is so fun and his voice is just wonderful. I will admit that it took me a while to get into the language again after not having read anything in this style for a long time, but I liked feeling that my mind was getting some exercise.

I remember discussing the book in my English class in High School and talking about the red wine flowing in the streets a foreshadowing of the blood that would flow from la Guillotine so I tried to be aware of other foreshadowing and symbolism as I read. This book is just full of those literary devices so I was well rewarded for my attention. Having this in mind as I read and then being able to pick out the symbols gave me a really satisfying experience. I would like to read it again in the future with some sort of guide or something so I can pick up even more of Dickens' hidden meanings.

All I can say in conclusion is that it is no wonder that A Tale of Two Cities is such a classic. I look forward to discussing it in my book club next week. Your thoughts?

1 comment:

The Milk Crate said...

I also remember liking this book. I'm not really sure why though. Perhaps I'll have to read it again as well, but we'll see when I ever get around to that.