Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On "Dickens' Opening Statement"

I first read 'A Tale of 2 cities' by Charles Dickens almost 25 years ago and have read some parts in between. But nothing ever sank and fluttered my heart simultaneously - and has been universally accepted as the best opening line of any novel ever written in English literature. It remained so true for any individual at any given moment of Life. Indeed! life is nothing but 'A Fine Balance".

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--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.


bsc said...

What is happening in Pakistan currently seems to apply to the second repetitive quality of Dickens statement like " ...It is the worst of times" and these things have persisted for some time now. Am I a pessimist?

mystic-soul said...

I saw the latest development - and was seeing Dejavu of Army..