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A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations: Two Novels (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback – Deckle Edge, December 6, 2010
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A Tale of Two Cities is generally considered the better of these two novels. Some have called it Dickens' greatest, which is saying something when one considers the entire body of work from this outstanding author. At heart, Dickens is a story teller and A Tale of Two Cities relates a gripping story set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and the sweeping intellectual, political and social changes of the Enlightenment period.
The basics of the plot are relayed elsewhere, but I caution you not to read too much about the story line before you have read the novel, as one of the best features of Dickens is his ability to surprise and delight with the twists and turns of his plots and the events that challenge his characters. Great characters they always are too. A Tale of Two Cities is full of interesting peoples, as well as events. Sydney Carton, for example, is on my list of the ten best fictional heros of all time. (See my list here on Amazon.)
While Great Expectations is not as highly regarded as A Tale of Two Cities, it remains an outstanding novel. Think of Great Expectations as the Cadillac to A Tale of Two Cities' Rolls Royce. There's nothing wrong with a Caddy and Great Expectations delivers on all of the fronts you'd expect.Read more ›
A Tale of Two Cities centers on the English/French revolutionary war. We have our heroes (Charles Darnay, Sydney Carton) and villains (Madame Defarge and her revolutionaries). A Tale of Two Cities is a little different than most Dickens' novels in that it is more action-based and has a bleak, bloody perspective, being that it bases much of its tale on the historical aspects of war. The restless, chaotic nature between the two sides lends its way to various modes of revenge from many characters. Maybe one question explored is "are there times when revenge is acceptable, or does it always destroy the individual?" Also, differences between classes are evidenced as some poor go without while others prosper and live luxurious lives.Read more ›
With A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, you have two of his best novels in one handy volume and at a great price.
Great Expectations has been called "the only perfect novel" by critics. It's a tale of redemption, secrets, romance and tragedy. There is something for everyone to savor in this timeless novel and like all great fiction, there is also valuable lessons to be learned. Dickens wrote for the people and though his style is outdated by today's standards, you'll find the themes and scenes are very much of the street and deal with everyday cares and concerns. It is the strength of this aspect of his writing that has led to its enduring through the centuries.
A Tale of Two Cities has twists that have been echoed in countless stories since then. This novel of the French Revolution is a-typical of Dickens as it is an historical tale and he usually wrote about the London of his time. But the book has transcended like so much of his work to the extent that it's has been referenced all through pop culture. Even Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan hinges it's dramatic high-points on the opening and closing lines of the novel.Read more ›
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What can u say about a classic. Read it many years ago in school and it stayed with me. and wanted to read it again - glad I did.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A TRUE CLASSIC. I HADN'T READ THIS SINCE AROUND 1963. TRYING TO REAQUAINT MYSELF WITH THE CLASSICS.Published 2 months ago by JOHN F. FROEHLICH
This Kindle book has no functional table of contents. It's almost unusable. A waste of money.Published 4 months ago by MrG
Wanted to re-read this book after reading it in high school 50 years ago. While at times I had difficulty understanding what Dickens just said, I also found his writing to be... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The fact this came with two books for the price of one AND they were the two books I was searching for made me so happy. Very cute cover too.Published 7 months ago by Jillian