By Charles Dickens
A story of 2 towns is Charles Dickens's nice ancient novel, set opposed to the violent upheaval of the French Revolution. the main recognized and maybe the most well-liked of his works, it compresses an occasion of great complexity to the dimensions of a relations historical past, with a forged of characters that features a bloodthirsty ogress and an antihero as believably improper as any in sleek fiction. notwithstanding the least average of the author's novels, A story of 2 towns nonetheless underscores lots of his enduring themes--imprisonment, injustice, and social anarchy, resurrection and the renunciation that fosters renewal.
"Dickens's French Revolution is perhaps extra just like the French Revolution than Carlyle's," acknowledged G. ok. Chesterton. "In dignity and eloquence A story of 2 towns nearly stands on my own one of the books through Dickens."
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They were working toward something. I want to work toward something. I feel dead. ” Nilson nodded. “I see. You’re God-damn right I see. ” “Second year in high-school. ” Jim smiled. “I’ve read a lot. My old man didn’t want me to read. He said I’d desert my own people. But I read anyway. One day I met a man in the park. He made lists of things for me to read. Oh, I’ve read a hell of a lot. He made lists like Plato’s Republic, and the Utopia, and Bellamy, and like Herodotus and Gibbon and Macaulay and Carlyle and Prescott, and like Spinoza and Hegel and Kant and Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.
He is interested in this specific scene not for its timely peculiarities but as a recurrence of conditions that have fomented disaster constantly throughout history and even in the myths of prehistory (hence the appropriation of Milton’s phrase). But if this novel is not primarily the story of a dubious confrontation set against the wasteland background of the Depression of the 1930s; not a profound meditation on the differences between human beings operating as individuals or as group-creatures; not a confrontation between sympathetic individuals (like Doc Burton and the strike leaders) about quotidian realities continuing to evolve when intellectual abstractions tend toward petrifaction; nor an earthbound analogy to Milton’s Paradise Lost, what indeed is it about?
But I read anyway. One day I met a man in the park. He made lists of things for me to read. Oh, I’ve read a hell of a lot. He made lists like Plato’s Republic, and the Utopia, and Bellamy, and like Herodotus and Gibbon and Macaulay and Carlyle and Prescott, and like Spinoza and Hegel and Kant and Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. He even made me read Das Kapital. He was a crank, he said. He said he wanted to know things without believing them. ” Harry Nilson was quiet for a while. Then he said, “You see why we have to be so careful.