The Works of Charles Dickens ...: The uncommercial traveller

Chapman & Hall
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Chapman & Hall
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Dec 31, 1898
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472
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A Tale of Two Cities differs essentially from all of Dickens' other novels in style and manner of treatment. Forster, in his 'Life of Dickens,' writes that "there is no instance in his novels excepting this, of a deliberate and planned departure from the method of treatment which had been pre-eminently the source of his popularity as a novelist." To rely less upon character than upon incident, and to resolve that his actors should be expressed by the story more than they should express themselves by dialogue, was for him a hazardous, and can hardly be called an entirely successful, experiment. With singular dramatic vivacity, much constructive art, and with descriptive passages of a high order everywhere, there was probably never a book by a great humorist, and an artist so prolific in conception, with so little humor and so few remarkable figures. Its merit lies elsewhere. The two cities are London and Paris. The time is just before and during the French Revolution. A peculiar chain of events knits and interweaves the lives of a "few simple, private people" with the outbreak of a terrible public event. Dr. Manette has been a prisoner in the Bastille for eighteen years, languishing there, as did so many others, on some vague unfounded charge. His release when the story opens, his restoration to his daughter Lucie, the trial and acquittal of one Charles Darnay, nephew of a French marquis, on a charge of treason, the marriage of Lucie Manette to Darnay,— these incidents form the introduction to the drama of blood which is to follow. Two friends of the Manette family complete the circle of important characters: Mr.
"Grandes Esperanças" é considerado uma das obras-primas de Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Dividido em três partes, discutindo a bondade, a culpa e o desejo de seus personagens, o romance originalmente foi escrito como um folhetim e publicado na revista literária semanal "All the Year Round", de propriedade do próprio Dickens, entre 1860 e 1861, sendo, posteriormente, publicado em três volumes pela editora Chapman & Hall, de Londres. "Grandes Esperanças" é um romance de redenção e perdão de seus protagonistas: narra a história de Pip, órfão criado pela irmã e seu cunhado em um ambiente de pobreza. Aos seis anos, Pip comete um crime: ajudar Magwitch, um fugitivo da prisão, a escapar da polícia nas charnecas inglesas, fato que marcaria profundamente seu futuro. Por intermédio do tio de seu cunhado, Pip consegue um emprego na mansão de Miss Havisham como garoto de companhia; lá, conhece Estella, o advogado Mr. Jaggers e outros parentes da solitária e amargurada senhorita. A vida de Pip é radicalmente alterada logo após Pip deixar os serviços de Miss Havisham, ao ser informado por Mr. Jaggers que um misterioso benfeitor financiará sua educação em Londres, que passa a contar então com grandes esperanças com relação ao seu futuro. Sua mudança para Londres, o esforço em se tornar um cavalheiro e os dilemas morais tornam este romance de Charles Dickens uma leitura profunda e inesquecível. Charles Dickens ainda aborda questões envolvendo a justiça, o racismo, a escravidão e o alcance do Império Britânico. As "Grandes Esperanças" do título revelam a ironia e a maestria de Charles Dickens ao narrar o desenvolvimento da história: ao mesmo tempo em que elas são o norte e o guia para o futuro do jovem Pip, transformam-se no elemento que determinarão seu futuro. "Grandes Esperanças" revela ainda a compreensão suave e amarga que Charles Dickens tinha dos nossos mais profundos dilemas, nascidos das nossas obsessões e de as nossas ilusões.
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