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I really wanted to give it a 4.75, but what can you do? The only reason why is that I got a little bogged down by the minute details. But at other times I liked the minute details, and thought they were witty. I think that mostly I got frustrated occasionally when I didn't understand a paragraph, had to look up the allusion, etc. Which is my fault, and not Dicken's. It was beautiful and poignant, but I would not consider it a historical fiction account of the French Revolution - I doubt that was Dicken's intent, but it is definitely a social commentary on both sides (the aristocracy and not-the-aristocracy) of the revolution.