A Tale of Two Cities (Classic Fiction)
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First published in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities is one of Dickens's most famous and popular novels. This stirring tale, set in the late eighteenth century against the backdrop of the French Revolution, is a novel for all generations. Filled with adventure and love, revolution and terror, it transports the reader to...more
Reading the first few chapters of this book was, frankly, a chore. I could not be less bothered about The Mail and the more Dickens banged on about that never ending carriage journey the more I daydreamed about the next book I was going to read once this torture was over. I’m glad I didn’t give up though because as soon as we hit France and the wine shop I was hooked, the pace started to pick up and there were mysteries and...more
I've got nothing to say, but it's okay ..or is it?
I'm risking my grade to write this, I know, but I just have to get this off my chest. After stressing my brain for two and a half days I have come to the following conclusion: The second book of A Tale of Two Cities utterly and completely bored me. I can think of nothing of substance to write about, other than th...more
From there, it's all gone downhill. Just look at my reviews where I casually admit to throwing away classics unread. A Light in August, Lolita, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, etc, etc...
If you enjoy the little things, like being sane and not hating life, then I recommend you never pick this up.
One thing I love is his ability to create a perfect storyline. Everything in this book fits together in the end like a perfect, intricate puzzle. Components that were thought to be gratuitous at first will come back in major ways at later points in the book. Maybe it's just me, but I adore authors who blatantly show that they know exactly where they're going with...more
Once again, I am in awe of Dicke...more
WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? WHERE THE HELL IS GARFIELD?!?
Had the lasagna-loving feline been uncerimoniously behead on the guillotine before the happenings of page 1? Without my favorite cartoon cat's wry, laid-back sense of wit these are surely THE WORST OF TIMES!
That is when I realized I was reading the classic text A Tale of Two CITIES, by Charles Dickens and not watching the 2006 cinematic masterpiece Garfield: A TAIL of Two KITTIES...more
Dickens is a problem for me. I admit it freely.
There was a time, many years ago, when I was a fan. I read Great Expectations for the first time in grade four, and I was in love with the book and Dickens. And I imagine that some part of my social consciousness, which wasn't a gift from my parents, was...more
استعرت هذه الرواية من مكتبة الجامعة في بداية الألفية، كان ذلك قبل عالم الانترنت، عندما كنا لا نلتقي ولا نتعرف على الكتب ومشاهير المؤلفين إلا من خلال الصحف أو الكتب التي تسقط بين أيدينا اتفاقاً، ديكنز كان مألوفاً لي حينها، كنت قد قرأت له دايفد كوبرفيلد، وأعرف موقعه كروائي إنجليزي عظيم.
حصلت على الكتاب الضخم، المغلف من قبل الجامعة بغلاف صلب، والمختوم مراراً كجواز سائح كوني، كنت غراً حينها، جديد على كل العوالم التي أمامي، فلذا حملت النسخة الضخمة محاولاً قراءتها خلال مهلة اليومين التي تم...more
Charles Dickens is not my favourite novelist by a wide margin. At high school, I found Great Expectations and Oliver Twist underwhelming. Although I loved Bleak House when I read it at university, my positive reaction to that novel did not inspire me to read any more Dickens. And I haven’t done so until now. Tackled as a buddy read with members of the Mt TBR Challenge Group, I listened to this novel as an audiobook very capably narrated by Anton Lesser.
For quite a long time, I thought that this...more
For this is a love story.
The last three...more
to paraphrase It was the best of books, it was the worst of books. I have to reconcile slogging thru the first two thirds with the outstanding finish.
This is the first full-length Dickens' novel I have read. Having watched many film adaptations of his books, I freely admit that he was a great storyteller. Here he presents a tale of the French Revolution, making it very personal by centering the story around one man, former prisoner of the Bastille, Dr. Manette....more
Why have I always assumed that quote was from Shakespeare? I've always loved Dickens but this book moved me to tears. Definitely one of his best works of all time, and my conclusion is this:
I am thoroughly in love with Carton. To be able to have that peace and finally put my sin to rest, how blissful that would be! To find an act that might possibly make me feel th...more
All of the aforementioned may be completely true, but I think that with the subject and time period that Dickens is dealing with, he can get away with it. Was there anything subtle or restrained about the Terror? I'...more
I feel guilty for not liking this book for the first 50-100 pages or so. I don't know what it is with me and "classics", it takes me so long to get into them and I get frustrated and impatient too quickly. For a book with one of the greatest opening paragraphs ever written ("It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...") I felt duped. It was a set up. H...more
Dickens lays it on pretty thick in parts and is perhaps trying too hard to evoke the passions and bloodlust of the French Revolution. And as lovely as dear Lucie Mannette is, she's pretty unbearable by modern women's standards. But don't worry, Dickens isn't a misogynist. He more than makes up for Lucie in the characters of Madame Defarge...more
All I can say to those who may not have read this book, if you like a backdrop of the French Revolution with the spice of Dickens' special writing style, then this is the book for you.
An excellent work that still lives on.
I was looking at this book again last night and have now, I believe, found an author who I can put on the same pedestal as Dickens. Brave words one may think bu...more
A Tale of Two Cities is a novel that works on several levels. Most study it as social commentary about the French Revolution, but I think that even those not interested in history will find it a book of interest, because it is quite possibly the most romantic love story ever told.
Sure, it's overtly sentimental (as most of Dickens's work), and at times you ca...more
In Bleak House we see a bundle of characteristics taken to a negative extreme in the person of the French women Hortense, this is extended here to the point that 'bad' and French' seem to be synonymous terms as do 'good' an...more
Rereading 5/13. This book gets 10 stars. Each and every time. It is yummier and more satisfying than the best chocolate dessert you can imagine ;)
Can't WAIT to discuss this book with some fortunate youth, most of whom are coming to Dickens for the first time. How lucky for them!
Kids. DON'T GIVE UP!!!
The beginning chapters of this book can give grown-ups fits. Just roll with it and get what you can and forget the rest. I promise that as you read you will begin...more
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