A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

Set during the French Revolutions, A Tale of Two Cities draws attention to the injustices done to the poor of France, and warns the rich and powerful British against the same treatment. Intertwined with this is a love story, and a tale of a family helping an individual cope with what would now be called PTSD.
The early chapters are highlighted by the phrase “Recalled to life.” and this drags the reader in to the story to find an explanation to this mysterious phrase, in what would otherwise be a story only of the travels of a banker, with the difficulties of coach travel in an age before steam described by Dickens.
The settings and living conditions in both London and Paris are painted well, with the anger of the population in [Paris district] contrasted well the the genteel life which is being led in London.
As social commentary this book fulfills is purpose, that there is a tangiable reason not to attempt only to keep the poor downtrodden alongside the moral arguement.
Dickens sense of justice is clear throughout the book, and this keeps the story from being too grim.
Having read this, I might tackle Les Misérables again.


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