‘It was the best of times…’

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” – Sydney Carlton in A Tale of Two Cities

It has been years since I read Charles Dickens’ novel entitled A Tale of Two Cities. Many years, in fact.  Recently a chat with a friend brought up a random few quotes from the book and now I must have a copy of my very own to leaf through, if not read again in its entirety. I can’t tell you if I enjoyed the book back then or not, just that some of the quotes and scenes are firmly in my memory and bring forth the urge to read them again. To me, that says something was certainly worth keeping…

That’s one of the many great things about books for me, quotes and scenes come back to me at the oddest and most random of times. Some bring good memories, some bittersweet and yet others are just memories evoked that might nudge me to skim or read the book again—or even just to remember it fondly. Although when I’m reminded of a book I haven’t see in ages, I often must seek it out to handle, to leaf through. If I do not own a copy, this often means I shall.

There are many books that do this to me, A Tale of Two Cities just happens to be today’s.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”  A Tale of Two Cities

Happy Thanksgiving—and Happy Reading!

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