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A Tale of Two Cities by [Dickens, Charles]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 477 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523478292
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (December 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EHZXVQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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i would NOT recommend this product because it is abridged and doesn't say so on the cover. It was a big disappointment!
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How can one of the greatest novels ever written be 236 pages long? It is shameful not to announce this on the cover & in the description. Amazon offers many other full version choices.
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Back in my high school English classes, I often didn't care much for the assigned reading. However, one book that I did really enjoy at the time was Charles Dicken's 1859 classic A Tale of Two Cities. Having not read it since, I decided to pick it up again and see how it stood up. I once again enjoyed it, but not as much as I did back then. This is, largely, because I'm not the same person as I was back then (thankfully), leaving one of the main threads of the book to speak to me less than it did then.

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.
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One of the hardest books to get into that I have ever read, but the ending gave me chills and I couldn't stop thinking about if for days. If you are stuck at the beginning and wondering if it will be worth it, I promise it is.
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I read "Tale of Two Cities" when I was sixteen years old. I thought it was ok but I don't remember loving books when they were assigned reading. I read it again in my 40's but was too busy to be really attentive when I read it. This time I read it because it was a book chosen by the Book Club of which I am a member. I was not enthusiastic about the choice. At the same time my 16 year old niece was reading it as an school assignment. This time I read it more carefully as I would be helping my niece with her understanding and discussing the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters. At a time in history when the common man around the world is rising to protest against their governments and their conditions the story gave us much to think about and discuss.
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Have heard of the book for much of my 73 years, but knew nothing other than it was a "classic."

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 studied this book in great detail while preparing for my GCE exams many years ago. However, re-reading it was quite a different experience, an eye opener for the mature reader. Now I am able to appreciate Dickens' writing far more and I shall certainly re-read more of his books. The details of the French Revolution were very educational and scarey in the sense that the atmosphere of fear and suspicion in France at the time of the Revolution still exist in many parts of the world today. It is a story of courage in the midst of chaos and distrust. It is also interwoven with love between father and daughter, husband and wife and, unforgettably, Sidney Carton's for the heroine.

A Tale of Two Cities is a book than can be read several times and still give renewed pleasure.
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Get this on tape and listen to it 3-4 times to get the story characters clearly in your mind. It reads like fine poetry and takes you right into the awful atmosphere of the French Revolution with characters that become totally authentic whether they are feared or loved in this time of greed, poverty, anarchy and vengeance.
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