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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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Read from June 07 to August 09, 2011 — I own a copy

Many elsewhere have raved about Two Cities as Dickens' most accessible novel.

I'm not sure what novel I just finished reading, then. :-p

Granted, I always have trouble keeping literary characters straight in my head—I'm the kind of guy who needs to chart the relationships between characters to remember who hates whom over what—and I did read this one in a long series of shorter sessions, rather than being able to sit with it several chapters at a time to ingest its plot. But I found Two Cities hard to follow, inconsistent, and alternatingly prolix and preachy.

Still, Dickens is a master at creating fascinating characters, and while I found myself wondering throughout the novel which of these people were the protagonists (and why, exactly, I was supposed to care about them in particular), the "bit parts" that provide commentary and context on what eventually reveals itself to be the main plot are classic Dickens comedy, and there are very enjoyable episodes in these three-books-in-one.
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