A Tale of Two Cities presents a chiaroscuro of human character; loving and gracious characters shine brightly against a deeply dark background. On it's own, that backdrop would be a disturbing, even frightening, picture of humanity. The vengeful, blood-lusting crowds of Paris in the heyday of the guillotine are sobering in the caricature that Dickens presents.
Like the book of Esther, God is hardly mentioned, if at all. One might even be tempted to believe he has abandoned France to its suffering. Yet he is there. And as the story builds to its climax, we read the oft-repeated refrain:
I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.Have you read this book, or other books by Dickens? What did you think?