In my pursuit of literature on the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorites While everyone knows Dickens can be verbose at times, he is very descriptive of these times and seasons, and of many historic locations including the Bastille, which is no longer visible in Paris I particularly enjoyed the story s intertwining of lives of families in both London and Paris Sidney Cardon is my favorite character, who in the end, demonstrates the greatness of humanity, for which he is remembered for generations. While my husband was donning his paramedic uniform on Dec 23rd evening, I cued up Bugs Bunny s adaptation of Charles Dickens s Christmas Carol on our big screen so we could watch it together before he headed off for his nightshift As we watched this short youtube cartoon together, I realized that I had never actually read this classic Soon after I kissed my husband off to work, I logged on to and downloaded Dickens s classic story on my iPad s kindle for free and started reading it immediately As I was reading it s preface, I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it Their faithful Friend and Servant, C D December, 1843 , I realized that I actually had Dickens s book sitting on the shelf of one my home libraries It didn t take me long to find it and cuddle with it beside the crackling logs in our fireplace The next morning, I welcomed my loving husband home from a quiet nightshift thank you God with a warm embrace, and we watched some of the 1984 film adaptation from youtube together We managed to watch up to the Ghost of Christmas Present before my husband needed to rest from his nightshift I was hooked on the story and endeavoured to read on from my book for a little while longer before guilt captured me Christmas presents and prep needed my attention Well, after a busy and jolly holiday season, I finally managed to finish reading the story I hope that my husband and I can find time to finish watching the 1984 movie together today What did I think of the story Charles Dickens s writing is old english, and he did manage to raise the Ghost of an Idea which is that one can find happiness when one is kind to others. Of course we read this one in our group awhile ago, but I just found a great article for those of you who were with us back then, or have read it before Thought you might enjoy Dickens vs DarwinA Question of WorldviewDecember 28, 2009Two of the most famous books in the Western canon turned 150 years old in 2009 On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.But these anniversaries were celebrated in vastly different ways While Darwin s book was honored around the globe with films and websites and much , relatively few people took notice that Dickens s book had reached the same milestone.Why the difference My colleague Gina Dalfonzo, in an article on BreakPoint Online, suggests that one reason might be the difference in worldview Gina points out that Origin of Species is built on Darwin s materialistic principles, while A Tale of Two Cities takes a traditional and biblical view of things.It s easy to see how our educational and media elite would gravitate toward the work that faithfully reflects their own views, even if they don t fully realize why they re doing it.Both authors lived at a time when Western culture was transitioning from faith in God to faith in humanity and its progress Darwin went along with the change, embracing materialism and seeing his own scientific studies in its light.But Dickens resisted His faith has been called simple he was not openly interested in complex theological questions, and he did not always adhere to church doctrine But he maintained his belief in a loving Creator to the end of his life.Isn t it interesting that it was Darwin who was swept up in some of the uglier trends of his day Dr Benjamin Wiker has recently pointed out Darwin s interest in the theories of Thomas Malthus, who thought that the surplus population the weak and the unfit were holding humanity back The influence of this belief can be seen in Origin of Species and in Darwin s other works.Personally, Darwin believed in helping the poor and sick, but his personal life did not fit with his actual ideas His theory boiled down to might makes right, and that meant survival was the highest ethical good.On the other hand, Dickens parodied Malthus in his works, and showed the moral bankruptcy of his theories In A Tale of Two Cities, a novel about the French Revolution, Dickens shows a struggle for power between two families, a struggle that turns into a cycle of violence and revenge Madame Defarge, a central figure in the cycle, has no mercy for her victims once she gets them in her power in fact, you might call her a fully Darwinian figure.In the end, the cycle of violence can only be broken, and Madame Defarge disarmed, by another character s self sacrifice the kind of act that would have no place in a Darwinian view of the world But in Dickens biblically influenced view, this act of love and selflessness signifies the highest good of which humanity is capable.Both Darwin and Dickens were optimistic men, but in fundamentally different ways Darwin s vision of future perfection would be merely a race of physically and mentally strong beings Dickens hope was for a fundamentally moral society where the sick and weak were cared for, not pushed out of the way.As the 150th anniversary year comes to an end for these two books, it s a good time to compare how these radically different worldviews worked out in practice All you ve got to do is look at the evidence of the last 150 years for a clear answer to which one was true. No need to review this book It is an icon of western culture In my family, it was read aloud every year the week before Christmas until I left home It was probably the single most formative book in my life.The most significant piece of the book.in my memory comesat the end of the 3rd Stave The chimes were ringing the three quarters past eleven at the moment Forgive me if I am not justified in what I ask, said Scrooge, looking intently at the Spirit s robe, but I see something strange, and not belonging to yourself, protruding from your skirts Is it a foot or a claw It might be a claw, for the flesh there is upon it, was the Spirit s sorrowful reply Look here From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children, wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment O Man look here Look, look, down here exclaimed the Ghost.They were a boy and girl Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish but prostrate, too, in their humility Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds.Scrooge started back, appalled Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude Spirit are they yours Scrooge could say no They are Man s said the Spirit, looking down upon them This boy is IGNORANCE This girl is WANT Beware of them both, and all their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased Have they no refuge or resource Cried Scrooge Are there no prisons said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words Are there no workshouses The spirit then disappears and Scrooge is left to the last spirit This image of ignorance and want have shaped my belief system They have made me less ready to blame individuals for their circumstances and ready to look at ways we can all help each other in this life This scene foreshadows the writing on Scrooges tombstone can it be erased Dickens resoundingly says yes It is not too late for Scrooge It is not too late for humankind we can erase that which will lead to our Doom. Best EPub, Great Expectations Hard Times A Christmas Carol A Tale Of Two Cities Author Charles Dickens This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Great Expectations Hard Times A Christmas Carol A Tale Of Two Cities, Essay By Charles Dickens Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Great ExpectationsBook ReviewCharles Dickens has written many of the most famous novels of this time Born in February 1812 in Portsmouth, England Dickens is one of the best writers of the Victorian Era His works include A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol Great Expectations is also one of his best pieces This novel enlightens its audience by following a young orphan boy name Pip through his childhood and adulthood The novel starts out with young Pip living with his sister and her husband, the blacksmith Pip is then surprised by an escaped convict As his life goes on Pip falls in love with a very cruel young lady As he ages Pip gains a beneficiary and moves into the city of London As he is living on an allowance, Pip s beneficiary uncovers himself and troubles Pip The events with the beneficiary lead Pip to move back to his rural home Even if no one has the right to criticize this novel, I must suggest that there are some weaknesses First of all, for some people the plot of Great Expectations might be slightly bland This book not one to read just to fall asleep If a person is looking to read a book about murder and mystery then they should search elsewhere Also, even though happy endings are nice some people prefer a melancholy ending I am one of those people Originally this novel was supposed to have the sad ending that I had so hoped for With advice from a friend, Charles Dickens changed his unfortunate ending into one that people smile at In literature and the arts, some stories are meant to have happy endings and some are meant to have sad endings In my opinion one of little flaws of this book is the wrong choice in ending. This omnibus of novels and novellas by Charles Dickens consists of Great Expectations, Hard Times, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities Because I don t have the stamina or the patience to read all of these at one time, I decided to read each individually when the time is right I will review each work as I finish it until I eventually have read them all Below are links to my reviews for each of the works that I have read.Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Began 1 25 18 and finished 3 6 18, Rated 2 5A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Began and finished on 12 1 2011, Rated 4 5A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Began 12 4 16 and finished 12 13 16, Rated 4 5 old notes 535 Scrooge s Nephew Christmas as a good time a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on their journeys who knew a ghost story would become one of Christmas s best loved tales A tale of two cities is Dickens best book in my opinion One recommendation first time you read it skim over the first chapter then come back and read it after you finish the book, It makes sence then I first read great expectations with my Mother, great memories. I only read A Tale of Two Cities from this collection I loved the begining and ending lines I was rather confused about the beginning, though Maybe I will be able to understand this book after i have had experience reading books from this time period.