Every now & then there's a moment where you realize what you thought you knew isn't actually what you thought it was...
It suddenly occurred to me today that I'd never read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – don’t know why, the idea just popped into my head.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." - A lot of people that have probably at least heard that line. I never actually read the book
though…somehow I thought it was about Troy and the Trojan horse.
I quickly found out that it is, in fact, NOT Homers Odyssey...
So feeling like an idiot, I started reading it. Of course, I haven’t finished it yet. In fact, I’ve only read the 1st chapter and it's not at all
what I thought it was going to be.
The most surprising part though, from what I’ve read so far is that this book actually seems relevant to today - surprisingly relevant...
There's social tension & upheaval & change & revolution & war…and its long as hell (disclaimer).
If you haven't read it then at least try to read chapter 1...whatever you do after that is your choice.
Here’s a Wikipedia link if you want to know what you’re getting into:
Wiki - Tale of Two Cities by Dickens
The thing is that I've generally considered myself a well read person – pretty solid list of books under my belt.
Yeah, I take some shortcuts on typing & texting but I like to think I understand the basic rules of English (excluding my horrible punctuation - bad
typing habit I picked up at a job - never cared to change it back)
I'm going to try to finish it - probably going to take months, but hell...all I'd probably be doing otherwise is surfing the net waiting for something
crazy to happen.
Actually if you haven’t read it before - you could just Google “Tale of Two Cities Dickens free pdf” & read the first chapter from whatever
download you prefer…
(I’m pretty sure it’s ok - let me know if you think otherwise - Surely, there can’t be any copyrights or royalties in effect on this classic,
As a side note - it's been a few years since I was in school. Is it mostly digital now? Do they still buy hardcopy books for English class reading or
do they just tell you to go home & read a pdf?
Also I'm curious how many of you have actually finished this book? I'm wondering how common it is.
And honestly, I had a tough time getting through the first few pages - haven’t been that challenged reading in a while. It made me start to wonder
how far our education system has actually fallen since this book was written.
Education is a weapon
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