‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…’
Rainbow book club joins the rest of the literary world to celebrate Charles Dickens, whose 200th birthday was marked by several literary outings in various parts of the world, by selecting his book A Tale of Two Cities as the Book-of-the month for March. The reading will take place on 30th March from 11am – 12pm at the Le Meridien Hotel, in Port Harcourt.
The second of eight children, Dickens was born on 7 th February 1812 in the English seaport of Portsmouth. His father’s wide collection of books provided an avenue of escape into a fantasy world, away from the financial challenges of the family. He worked as a reporter for several years, and is quoted as having said that the ‘wholesome training of severe newspaper work’ launched his writing career.
The author of such beloved books as, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield among others, started by writing amusing stories with sketches, which in 1836 were published in a collection titled sketches by Boz
A tale of Two Cities, which has sold well over 200 million copies, ranks among the most famous works in the history of fiction literature. It is set in London and Paris before and during the French revolution, highlighting the plight of the French peasantry under the despotic rule of the French aristocracy and paralleling this to the social scene of London, at the time. The book was selected for its relevancy to the times we are living, which were elaborately captured in the 2011 Arab spring.
‘… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we are all going direct to heaven, we are all going direct the other way…’