“Liberty, equality, fraternity or death”

At the time when I read A Tale of Two Cities, I did not go read it in this way. This blog post provides a detail and good analysis of this masterpiece.

Classicritique

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The story

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” We know from the moment that we read this famous line that the story within is one that has been well-loved and well-known by generations of readers. On the other hand, this line also tells us that the book’s author is fond of descriptions and long sentences. Perhaps that begs the question why then, in our fondly termed ‘instant-gratification society’ we should still love a spot of Dickens (though others would tell you that it isn’t for everyone).

For the answer to that, just look at the title: A Tale of Two Cities. We don’t just have a story here. We don’t just have characters. We have a world.

This is an extremely character-based book as, while we follow the fate of one particular ‘family’…

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