To be honest I quite enjoyed this. Maybe it was because I was able to read it on its own merits and not having studied it to death at school. (I did study ‘Animal Farm’ and recently argued that it was nearly impossible to now examine that book as anything BUT an analogy for Communism. It’s like Magic Eye puzzles: you can’t help but see it when you’ve had it pointed out to you.)
Already knowing the twists and turns thanks to pop culture it was enjoyable to see the subtle hints towards the ending.
To be frank I’m not going to analyse. There are hundreds of schoolchildren who could do that for me. No snyde “We’re living in a 1984 state” from me!
It can be the case when a book just doesn’t click for you. There were bits that I was reading that my mind wasn’t taking in at all. It is lucky that I knew the plot really from having read a book of Top 10 Dickens stories as a kid. I didn’t care for the characters mostly because I knew what was going to happen. It’s common knowledge how the book ends even if you don’t know the context.
There were bits that I liked. Unsurprisingly these were the opening speech and the last part aka ‘The Famous Bits’. I did enjoy the ending of the book although the melodrama of the penultimate chapter was humorous.
There is an excellent chance I might not like Dickens’ writing style as I never got into the flow of this book.
This does not bode well for the rest of the year.
Maybe one day I will go back to ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ with a fresh pair of eyes.