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message 1: by ☯Emily , moderator (new)

☯Emily  Ginder | 772 comments Mod
This last portion of the book was published in December 1859.

message 2: by Diana (new)

Diana I just finished the story today. To be honest, for a long while I wasn't sure what I thought of this book. While there are some great descriptions and some wonderful insights, some of his paragraphs were so convoluted that I didn't know what he was trying to say! I actually made a comment on Twitter a week or so ago, that I'd formed the opinion that Dickens was two part genius and two part a raving lunatic!

In the first part of the book, nothing much seemed to happen, we were introduced to different characters with each chapter, with little plot movement. But near the halfway point the story began to get going. The second half of the story was much better.

Like most people, I learned about the French revolution at school. I was taught the usual facts and figures, the general conditions that led to the uprising. The quality of Dickerns' narration really brings to life the horrors of the French Revolution and gives you insight into what life was like back then far more effectively than any dry, dusty history book.

The ending was incredible. I won't spoil it for anyone who has yet to finish the story, but there is one fictional character I will never forget, after his amazing corageous moment of sacrifice. And who knew Dickens did suspense? The last few chapters are real page turners!

message 3: by ☯Emily , moderator (new)

☯Emily  Ginder | 772 comments Mod
I finished the book several days ago. The ending was really moving. Most of the characters, major and minor, played a part in the ending.

I think that Dickens did a marvelous job in portraying the horrors of the French Revolution. The hatred for fellow man and the love of violence was troubling, but so powerful. It resonates when we read about the countries who allow injustices to continue to fester. When the oppressed eventually rebel, they are not filled with love, but a sense of "Vengeance is mine."

Madame Defarge reminds me of Jezebel, the wicked queen mentioned in the Bible. Both women were merciless and unloving. They killed anyone who opposed them. They even bypassed their husbands, if they didn't think they were strong enough to murder. Both women finally got what they deserved!

message 4: by Carrie (new)

Carrie | 92 comments Totally agreed with and enjoyed your review Emily! Madame Defarge definitely seemed void of any feeling other than revenge and hatred. She will go down in my book and one of the most terrible villians ever.

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