Like Michael Schumacher and probably now Sebastian Vettel, Dickens was either loved or despised.
Henry James when reviewing Dickens work and his place amongst the greats had this to say, “The greatest of superficial novelists… It were, in our opinion, an offense against humanity to place Mr Dickens among the greatest novelists”.
Franz Kafka remarked, “There is a heartlessness behind his sentimentally overflowing style”.
George Orwell described Dickens talent as follows, “Dickens seems to have succeeded in attacking everybody and antagonizing nobody”.
Anyway one of my all time favourite novels which I first read as a boy and was enthralled was ‘A Tale of two cities’. Having penned a post Malasia GP review entitled, ‘a tale of two teams’ this drove my thoughts to the opening stanza of this classical work. It appears to form an appropriate narrative to some of the amusing pictures inspired by the 2013 F1 race in Sepang. Enjoy.