A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Set during the time leading up to and after the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities is not an easy read when compared to Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol. You really have to pay close attention to what’s going on or you might miss some vital piece of information.

It’s divided into three books (maybe it was a three part serial when first published, I don’t know) with the first to books setting up the third with a tremendous amount of backstory. The third part is where the book really took me in, with the theme of necessary sacrifice, or a needed sacrifice at least. Whether it’s a sacrifice to satisfy a need for revenge or a personal sacrifice that is performed out of love so that a family wouldn’t have to endure another tradgedy.

Joe Lynch’s Mayhem

Mayhem was a great and fun movie to watch. Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving were great together. It was bloody, violent, and brutal, you know, the things you want to see on a Friday night.

The structure of the movie was a lot like a video game, where the heroes start at the bottom and fight their way up through the different levels of bad guys to confront the different bosses. There was even a side quest when one of the bosses didn’t yield the goods our heroes needed.

I have read that the movie is supposed to represent the anger a lot of us felt when Trump was elected President. And maybe that’s what Joe Lynch and Matias Caruso intended. But I felt like it was a commentary to big corporations treating their employees as a commodity and not as people. The only thing they care about is their bottom line, the only time people matter to them is when they’re affecting their money.

Again, it was a great and fun movie. I would watch it again.

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

McCarthy’s work is always hard for me to explain why I like it so much. My only explanation is that it’s just so visceral. I think he writes about the basest part of the human condition. The emotions and mentality that makes us do the things we do. He writes about survival, his characters mostly live on the edge of society, the dark places where most of us don’t want to tread.

That being said All the Pretty Horses isn’t quite as dark and gritty as his previous works. It’s about a kid who seems to want to live a life that’s long past. He sets off to Mexico on horseback to find that life. He finds it and finds a girl to love, but in true McCarthy fashion it all falls apart and vicious violence ensues.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

As far as love stories go, this one is pretty dark. But make no mistake this is a love story. One that shows the darkest parts of being in love with someone. The dark things that come from selfishness and an emotional intelligence that’s below average are what you will see here. There’s no romance between Heathcliff and Catherine, just raw love that started when they were children.

Heathcliff being an orphan probably attached himself to Catherine pretty quickly and Catherine being kind of a brat never really thought of the power that attachment had over him. She basically thought of Heathcliff as toy to be discarded at first but then I think she realized that she loved Heathcliff after marrying Linton but it was too late to do anything about it.

When Catherine left Wuthering Heights all Heathcliff saw was someone taking away the one thing he loved and loved him, and not having anyone to teach him how to deal with his emotions how else could he react other than inflicting the same kind of pain on them as was inflicted on him? And to keep inflicting it even after you’ve destroyed the person, because once you go down that road it’s hard to do anything else.