Thursday, December 17, 2009

What In The Dickens?

One of my siblings is currently reading A Tale of Two Cities for her high school class and posted a status update about it on Facebook. Her status prompted me to write the following comment (I'm probably too proud of it, but I'm sharing it anyway):

Here's what you need to know about A Tale of Two Cities: it reads exactly like you'd expect of a book that was written for publication part-by-part in a newspaper. It has none of the tightness and editing that one would hope accompanies good writing. Although it contains a brilliant plot and brims with historical significance it fails to overcome its own length and wordiness. It is the equivalent of today's TV show that runs on for seasons beyond its prime. Just like Scrubs, the brilliance is overshadowed by the decline.

I see London,
I see France


Jeff said...

You think Tale is bad, try reading Martin Chuzzlewit some time... it's a 900 page book that would work fine as a 200-page book if you cut 700 pages out of the middle.

Nate said...

To say that "the brilliance of Scrubs is overshadowed by its decline" is an inflammatory statement, I feel. Tell me, is the brilliance of the Greek or Roman Empires likewise so marred due to their eventual falls? I think not. What they achieved at their respective heights live on in glory, remembered and honored to this very day in countless aspects of modern civilization. Some may consider comparing "Scrubs" to the Roman Empire laughable, but I would reply that they are simply not as invested in the world it depicts to appreciate it as fully as I do, similar to the case of someone who has not studied history dismissing the pertinence of Roman and Greek heritage on their day-to-day life.

And so, though Scrubs undeniably went downhill as the storyline foundered and burnt itself out, I in no way allowed that to distract me from the fact that it was a shining gem for years filled with mirth, wisdom, and enduring entertainment value.

I will, however, take your word on "A tale of two cities".