A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. With his sublime parting words, “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done…” Sidney Carton joins that exhalted group of Dickensian characters who have earned a permanent place in the popular literary imagination. His dramatic story, set against the volcanic fury of the French Revolution and pervaded by the ominous rumble of the death carts trundling toward the guillotine, is the heart-stirring tale of a heroic soul in an age gone mad. A masterful pageant of idealism, love, and adventure — in a Paris bursting with revolutionary frenzy, and a London alive with anxious anticipation — A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dickens’s most energetic and exciting works.
Over the past week, Norway has been witness to some jaw-dropping light shows, the result of an M8.7 class flare and a coronal mass ejection in a direction pointed toward Earth. Many Norwegians shared their photos of the northern lights — or “nordlys” in Norwegian — on Flickr, where we reached out to them for permission to republish them. Read more.
Next month, President Obama plans to start reducing the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by an as-yet undetermined amount. The following is a round-up of reports from Afghanistan, including what soldiers face in the country and how the Taliban are finding new ways to communicate.