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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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Aug 08, 2007

it was ok
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Why is this novel so often assigned as school reading? It's not one of Dickens' best, and, as an historical novel, it's an atypical genre for Dickens. My guess is that it's simply because it's one of his shorter ones. And maybe in this case the atypical genre is a pedagogical attraction, too, since the high school student can get a taste of the French Revolution.

My favorite thing about the novel is Jerry Cruncher, the Resurrection Man with the "flopping" wife.

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Emily High school kids get a kick out of Madame Defarge.

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Leslie I remember my English class in Jr High all giggling for nearly the length of the class over that flopping. Several of the more roudy students chose to demonstrate the procedure and we voted on who had the best technique.

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