"Chesterton asserted that time would show that Dickens was not merely one of the Victorians, but incomparably the greatest English writer of his time; and Shaw coupled his name with that of Shakespeare. It is the conviction of the present writer that both these judgements were justified. Dickens-though he cannot of course pretend to rank where Shakespeare has few companions-was nevertheless the greatest dramatic writer that the English had had since Shakespeare, and he created the largest and most varied world." -Edmund Wilson
This captivating tale, set in London and Paris at the time of the French Revolution, uses the contrasts between the cities' "beliefs" to reveal the central choice confronting every society and each individual: Should a person work to change society or should the revolution occur within his heart? The story climaxes with a supreme sacrifice of selfless love that will not leave the listener unmoved.