I know that Fadiman hates A Tale of Two Cities. He kept me from reading it for years. It actually is the most recent one that I've read, which was part of my "filling the gaps" project. It is certainly entertaining and fast-moving. Of course, this is one of those novels where I was aware of the big "twist" ending without actually having read it, so that was sort of spoiled for me. I believe that it lacks the depth of the best of Dickens, but it is most certainly worth the read. Fadiman did us a real disservice there.
I was thinking that we might pick another 19th century novel that none of us had read, but not necessarily another Dickens. Trollope, perhaps. Anyone for He Knew He Was Right? Or maybe a lesser read Brontė, Villette. Or even Austen, say, Persuasion. I don't know. Just some thoughts.
: I thought we had something left before Palomar. What
: have we read? Ghostwritten, Wilhelm Meister, I Served
: the King of England, Dombey & Son. That's four,
: and Palomar was to the be the sixth. What am I
: I don't think the text of Dombey & Son answers
: your questions so clearly. I think we're left to
: speculate, and Guillermo's speculation seems about
: right. I don't think we can say anything more
: specific. But I was certainly nodding through much of
: the book.
: I was never really keen on reading all of Dickens. If
: I read another, it will probably be Our Mutual Friend,
: which I know you all read here. Have you read A Tale
: of Two Cities? I'm under the impression that it's one
: of Dickens's worst novels, probably because Fadiman
: says so in TNLRP, but there do seem to be some
: dissenting opinions.
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