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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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Mar 28, 2011

it was amazing
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Read in October, 1998

Its signature opening line, "It is the best of times, it is the worst of times...", is perhaps one of the best known in world literature. It encompasses a particular epoch in time, both meaningful and meaningless at the same time. Dickens vivid portrayal of the French Revolution, its utopic essence, horrors, villainy and ramifications, would give readers a glimpse of how it all silently conjured amongst the maltreated peasants towards its despicable intensification of rising up to the nobility-- leading to their own demise. I remember reading this book after Wuthering Heights, little that I know that the experience will spark my already enamored relationship further towards the classics.
The plot itself could be considered so far from reality---almost implausible---but the gripping narrative, which set the tone of the entire novel, simply atone that little flaw. It further intensifies as Doctor Manette's story slowly and gradually came to light--- his unwilling separation from his loving daughter, Lucie Manette, when she was but a child, his imprisonment, his being "recalled to life", his role as a supposed redeemer to Lucie's husband, Charles Darnay, his connection to the sinister character of Madame Defarge and the sacrificial role that Sydney Carton will play in saving his family's inevitable predicament....all this and more will unmistakably rivet the reader to the very end. A Tale of Two Cities will not be the best selling book written in the English language for nothing...
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