1000 Books in 10 Years; Vol. 116: A Tale Of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

This epic tale by Charles Dickens is a great piece of historical fiction that tells the tale of a French aristocrat, who believing that there is something innately wrong with the relationship between the ruling and working classes, refuses his own inheritance and opts for a life in Britain where he earns a living teaching the language of his home land only to find himself facing the vengeance of the revolutionary mobs of France. The novel questions ideas of justice and vengeance, love and self-loathing, redemption and a great many other things, and does so with a cast of fully formed characters who are each sympathetic, but who, for the most part, have their own darkness inside of them, but it is ultimately a tale of love and the sacrifices which love can inspire in a person, and a tale that one could not even begin to scratch the surface of in short review.

 

 

Words I thought I’d look up:

 

Sagacity: Wisdom

Abyssinia: A dark, short-haired cat.

Ashanti: An African people/language.

Harlequin: Having multi-coloured shapes.

Spile: A small, wooden peg.

Deference: Respect, or submission.

Aphorism: A succinct comment.

Immolate: To kill as a sacrifice.

Pernicious: Malicious.

Asseveration: State something earnestly.

Apostrophise: To address an imaginary person.

Felicitously: Appropriate or pleasant.

Incommode: Inconvenience.

Poniard: A dagger

Adjure: To make an appeal.

Vociferating: To shout out.

Ubiquitous: Existing everywhere.

Ostensible: Seeming to be true.

Bacchanalian: Drunken revelry.

Superciliously: Contemptuously indifferent.

Portentously: Significant or pompous.

Sanguine: Confident.

Prevaricate: To get out of telling the truth.

Exordium: First part.

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Jason John Horn is a writer and critic who recently completed his Master's in English Literature at the University of Windsor. He has composed a play, a novella and a number of short stories and satirical essays.

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