Sunday, February 26, 2017

It was the best of times...

After watching the TV series "Lost" a couple of years ago, I was inspired by Desmond. If you're a fan of the show, you know that Desmond was first seen guarding the underground bunker. We find out later that one of his goals in life was to read the complete works of Charles Dickens. He had read everything except "Our Mutual Friend." And yes, this is a metaphor, if you're familiar with the series.

This intrigued me. I decided to take the Desmond challenge. Why not? The fact that "A Christmas Carol" is one of my favorite stories of all time makes this venture even more exciting. I have already read several of Dickens's stories including "Oliver Twist" and "The Pickwick Papers." Yet, I have only placed my toe in the waters of Dickens's world. 

I am currently reading "A Tale of Two Cities," which, if I'm not careful, can drown me if I don't come up for air every so often.

The opening lines are sublime:
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...