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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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Oct 01, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in October, 2008


"A Tale of Two Cities" is one of those books that a lot of people THINK they've read, but never have, because it has an ending that nearly everyone knows -- one man trades his life for another under the guillitine. I knew how it ended, but also knew I'd never read the book, and felt it was high time to get on with it.

There's a lot more to it than just swapping Man A with Man B. There's intrigue, plot twists, lots of history, and suspense. There were times I had to read passages and even entire chapters over again due to the way English was written back in Dicken's time, but it was well worth it. The edition I had also had a lot of end notes so I was flipping from front of book to back often, learning just WHY what I'd read was significant. Those notes made the book more interesting (even though I hated the flipping and inevitably losing my place).

I've never read a single thing Dickens has ever written, and this was a great one to start with. The hard part now is choosing which book to pick next!

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Toni berkshire Liked your review. It seemed like a very fair evaluation and now feel tempted to read it myself!

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