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The novel spans from 1775 and the outbreak of the American Revolution and its effects in London to 1793 and the height of the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution in Paris. As is typical of Dickens, there are a lot of characters. The main four are Sydney Carton, English lawyer and ne'er-do-well, Charles Darnay, a French noblemen who dislikes the actions of his class and lives in London and - it just so happens - looks just like Carton, Dr. Alexandre Mannette, just released from 18 years of unjust imprisonment in the Bastille, and Dr. Mannette's daughter Lucie, who helps him recover, later marries Darnay, and is the subject of Carton's unrequited love.
Of these main four, Carton and Dr. Mannette are interesting characters. Carton struggles with trying to make something of his wasted life, and with his affection for Lucie. Dr. Mannette and his return to himself is likewise an interesting character arc. Unfortunately, Darnay and Lucie are less compelling. Darnay is mostly just kind of "there" with no real highlight except for his confrontation with his evil uncle the Marquis, and an unfortunate lapse in judgement that leads him, a member of a noble family, to go to Paris in 1792. Lucie doesn't stand out much.Read more ›
A Tale of Two Cities is a book than can be read several times and still give renewed pleasure.
So, I'm plowing through it, but feel it takes about 3 pages of reading to try to discern what's going on, if even then. I'm going to finish it, but can only tolerate about 1/2 hour each night. The old prose is baffling and gets in the way. However, I must admit experiencing how Dickens used words and apparently thought in these sentence structures is interesting. Also, my Kindle so far has not failed to come up with a meaning for all the words he uses that I've never heard of. I also signed on for the free audio version and still need to try that - perhaps it's easier to listen to than actually reading it. Hopefully in the end, I will be able to see the big picture of all the characters and be the wiser for my efforts.
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I have read this before, as have most of us, but let me tell you, the story really engulfs you as an adult (I read it in school) that is living and seeing some of the disparities... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Melody Diaz
This is a story of love, life, and betrayal. It is a story of evil for evil, evil for good and good finally triumphing over evil. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This is a classic book that I did not read in high school or college. Now, in retirement I am catching up. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Charles Metzler
Amazing book! One must learn from the past in order to not make the same mistakes.Published 4 days ago by Oscar
Overall I enjoyed this read. The characters were developed enough that I cared what happened to them, and Dickens always does well putting you in the time period. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Andrew Ray
great book. much better than when i had to read it for high school freshman english! thank you dr wood!Published 5 days ago by shecky
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