A Tale of Two Cities – Review

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Published in 1859

Pages: 372

Genre: Historical fiction

β€œIt was the best of times, it was the worse of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

This is arguably one of the most famous opening lines in all of Western literature. At least, the first twelve words are well known. An impressive tome of intimidating reputation, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens spans years, chronicles the growth of its characters, and weaves a narrative through a truly tumultuous time. The French Revolution serves as the setting for this tale of love, betrayal, and the clash between social classes. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Cities – Review”