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The most unforgettable opening and closing sentences ever found in a book!,
This review is from: A Tale of Two Cities (Barnes & Noble Classics) (Paperback)I will never, the rest of my life forget these two sentences. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...." and at closing "It is a far, far, better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."
Wow, this is not your usual Dickens. No quirky characters with strange names and laugh out loud moments, just a darn good story -- the story of two cities, London and Paris. It is difficult to put the plot into words, but when the book begins you are in London at the time of the American revolution and spies (or suspected spies) abound, and the story eventually switches to France prior to and during the French revolution.
Dickens does a marvelous job (as always) of building his story one step at a time and slowly peeling back the layers one at a time. This is not a put down and pick it up a week later kind of a book, it is very intense and complicated and you have to pay close attention. I was just floored at how he sucked me in with his descriptions of the mobs, terror and the madness of the revolution leading you to a nail biting finish. I admit to holding my breath during those last few pages!
Highly recommended, and well worth the time to discover (or rediscover) an old classic.
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Initial post: May 20, 2008 7:37:31 AM PDT
J. Lesley says:
Misfit---the first of many positive votes for this review.
In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2008 7:54:45 AM PDT
Thanks Judy that's nice to see. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2008 12:46:20 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2008 1:55:46 PM PDT
AR, Got the message, delete your post if you want. Something's very fishy with that guy and how he's garnered so many votes.
Posted on May 24, 2008 3:31:24 PM PDT
an honest reviewer says:
well done, my friend.
Posted on Jul 2, 2008 10:11:33 PM PDT
Jennifer Cameron-Smith says:
This remains my favourite Dickens novel. Thank you for such a succinct but powerful review.
Posted on Mar 21, 2010 4:44:24 PM PDT
! Aesop - Sam says:
An informative and helpful review indeed!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2010 11:10:16 AM PDT
Crystal Starr Light says:
I've never read this book, but I should. I kinda am behind on the classics.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2010 3:53:28 PM PDT
CSL, not the easiest read but still very rewarding.
Posted on Feb 12, 2013 5:36:33 PM PST
Vain Saints says:
A grave-robber that is convinced that his wife is "flopping" against him isn't a funny or quirky character?
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