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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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Jul 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, historical-fiction
Read 2 times. Last read February 3, 2012 to March 28, 2012.

I am not a Dickens fan, but I remember reading this many years ago and enjoying it. It is just as readable now as then. I have been reading about the French Revolution. Even though this is not a history book, Dickens accurately reveals the disdain the aristocracy had for the poor. They mistreated everyone who was not a part of the aristocracy, taxed their workers unmercifully, raped the peasant women and killed the young men. Eventually, the oppressed will rebel. However, the oppressed in France then became the oppressors, killing everyone who displeased them. Revenge is not sweet, but brutal.

Madame Defarge is one of the most cruel, unfeeling women in literature. The only person I can compare her to is Jezebel. Both women urged their husbands to commit murder and both women were determined to get their revenge, no matter the consequences.

Dickens has some humorous characters, as he usually does in his stories. Mr. Cruncher is amusing and Miss Pross is brave. Both lighten the darkness of the story that Dickens tells.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
July 27, 2011 – Shelved
February 3, 2012 – Started Reading
February 3, 2012 –
page 40
8.18%
February 5, 2012 –
page 67
13.7%
February 11, 2012 –
page 112
22.9%
February 14, 2012 –
page 131
26.79%
February 17, 2012 –
page 164
33.54%
February 22, 2012 –
page 195
39.88%
February 23, 2012 –
page 254
51.94%
February 24, 2012 –
page 276
56.44%
March 4, 2012 –
page 286
58.49%
March 6, 2012 –
page 316
64.62%
March 12, 2012 –
page 342
69.94%
March 21, 2012 –
page 347
70.96%
March 23, 2012 –
page 371
75.87%
March 26, 2012 –
page 380
77.71%
March 27, 2012 –
page 430
87.93%
March 28, 2012 – Shelved as: classics
March 28, 2012 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
March 28, 2012 – Finished Reading

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