Not only is today Thursday, but it is also the day in which in 1859 the Charles Dickens novel “A Tale of Two Cities” was first published. Its original format was 31 weekly installments in the literary magazine All the Year Round (owned by Dickens).
One of the most recognizable lines of literature and one of the most widely quoted first lines of a novel, the story begins:
“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.”
This, some would say, is a sentiment that is still true today.
So let me ask you, readers of mine… have you read it?
Some of you might have back in high school. But for a lot of people this book is one of the many literary works that is part of the “literary canon” yet the actual plot remains a mystery.
I’ll admit it. I read it in high school but like so many things I read in high school I don’t really remember it.
Time to remedy this!
A connected thought. Several people have asked me how I decide what to read. Well except for the books that I am asked to read for reviewing reasons, the books I read are usually whatever catches my eye while shopping or what is recommended to me by people’s who have opinions I value.
A while ago I decided to pick my reading material with a bit more of a focused agenda. I consider myself fairly intelligent and fairly well read… and yet I know my knowledge of some of the “classic” works of literature is woefully hit and miss.
So I bought myself this book.
Now, I don’t plan on agreeing with every entry that is listed… and I am sure I will feel the need to add to it, but I thought it was a good jumping off point.
Anyway, to make a long post a tad shorter, I am going to be reading “A Tale of Two Cities” in the month of May.
I cordially invite you to read it along with me. I will blog about it when I am done and again you are cordially invited to do the same… or at the very least comment on my future post.
Also, look for more posts having to do with the “literary canon” and the “501” book in the coming months.
(And just in case you do want to join me in this literary adventure, feel free to buy from Amazon using these links and share the love.)