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A Tale of Two Cities / Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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Nov 20, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

For some reason, I was never required to read A Tale of Two Cities in high school, and 35 years later, I picked it up. It was educational - although it is a novel, I learned a lot about the French revolution - and eventually captivating. It did, however, take awhile to get to the point of "I can't put this down."

It has been awhile since I've read Dickens; perhaps the last time was Great Expectations a few years ago. (That one, I read in high school, again in college, and probably twice more since.) Dickens' language is a bit hard to follow at times, simply because it was the prevailing way to communicate in the mid-eighteenth century, and more than once during this book, I found it a helpful way to fall asleep at night.

The book's conclusion, however, was riveting, unexpected, and poignant. Well conceived, even though it requires some concentration to get through it.
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