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May 04, 2009 08:11PM
And if it weren't for teachers like yourself, that loved this, students such as myself may never have grown to love it, even more as an adult, 33 yrs later, so to all you teachers of literature I say thank you!!
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May 08, 2009 11:20AM
Tom wrote: "And if it weren't for teachers like yourself, that loved this, students such as myself may never have grown to love it, even more as an adult, 33 yrs later, so to all you teachers of literature I s..."
What a sweet thing to say! Thank you!! Sometimes I think great literature is wasted on the young (some of it certainly was wasted on me), but the hope is that students will revisit the books later in life and get more out of them. And you just confirmed my hopes!
May 08, 2009 11:54AM
Nice to know I confirmed that for you. For the past 8 yrs or so I have been reading (or often re-reading) the classics, and discovering wondrous things, either for the first time, or because I was too young previously to "get it", A Tale Of Two Cities was one of those. I had an English teacher in high school who was a fanatic for Fitzgerald, and am I glad he was, he taught me an appreciation for F. Scott that I cherish to this day, still my favorite author. SO keep up the good work!!!!
Dec 10, 2011 12:53PM
Love this book!
Feb 29, 2012 03:50AM
I read an interesting thing about this novel and its tendency for melodrama. In later life, Dickens had started making more of a living from reading his works aloud to packed theatres. As this later work was written during that period, it was written as much as a spoken word performance piece as a normal novel, so that was why he inserted so many exclamations and little remarks from the narrator.
Mar 19, 2012 09:28AM
love this novel so much since i was at 3rd prep.amazing one
Jan 29, 2013 07:57PM
I agree this book reads like a mystery. It kept me engaged and wondering whether the characters I have come to care about so much would find happiness.
Feb 26, 2013 01:48PM
Laura, reading your review, I couldn't have put it better myself. I first read A Tale of Two Cities as required reading in high school 40 years ago; it made such an impression on me, all these years I've wanted to re-read it (now from an adults perspective which made it even better)and finally had the opportunity last month. I agree with everything you said 100% and am so glad you are teaching it to your own classes in this generation. The book gets ahold of you in every sense of the word. Dickens was an amazing author & I look forward to reading more of his books.
Jul 12, 2013 07:11PM
We read this in HS, too, and I have to say that I wouldn't have gotten anything out of it had it not been for a great teacher! (Especially the knitting, knitting...) I still can't say I loved reading Dickens, but at least she made us understand what we were reading. I do love watching the old movie though!
Jun 12, 2015 11:42AM
Funny. How books can do that. Huh? I think it's great. That Authors can draw you in... Reading their work. And just get away from life. Entering into a whole new world. Reading not nerdy, but fun. Plus makes us more pleasant. When? We enjoy things from life... A lot of people might just take for granted.
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