A Tale of Two Cities

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I remember when I first read this book. It was in my A.P. Literature class of my Junior year in high school and I expected it to be another horrid assignment filled with indecipherable diction and unnecessary descriptions. Boy was I wrong! My friend and I instantly fell in love with Charles Dickens from this book and were so excited by how much we enjoyed it while the rest of my class dreaded another reading assignment. Hello we were in an A.P. Lit class, though, what did they think they were getting into? Ha-ha anyways I thoroughly enjoyed this book and await the day when I can sit down again and read it once more. For anyone who loves a good classic, this is definitely it! The beautiful portrayal of sacrifice and love between the characters was so convicting and a pleasure to read!
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This is an excellent book, but in my opinion Dickens wrote several others that were better. Pickwick Papers, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby, etc. In comparison with those, Tale of Two Cities seems to me to be more contrived, with inferior characterizations, and a less compelling plot. However, I do realize I'm comparing the book to one of the best bodies of work in existence. Compared to most novels written by ordinary mortals, Tale is very good.
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I tried freshman year of high school to read a Tale of Two Cities - most painful experience ever. The next year I adored Great Expectations and it remains to be one of my favorite books! - but since many years have past and the reviews on this forum I kinda want to try again.

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salberson 10 wrote:I tried freshman year of high school to read a Tale of Two Cities - most painful experience ever. The next year I adored Great Expectations and it remains to be one of my favorite books! - but since many years have past and the reviews on this forum I kinda want to try again.
I highly recommend it. It's one of my favorites of Dickens. In fact, I like it better than Great Expectations.
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PashaRu wrote:
I highly recommend it. It's one of my favorites of Dickens. In fact, I like it better than Great Expectations.

Really!!?? Can you explain why?
and I'm definitely giving it another shot soon!!

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I bought a book with both A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations as recommended via Oprah's Book Club. I have yet to get through the whole story, only because I don't think I had the full concentration to take in the details when I started it and quickly came to a standstill, ultimately it got set aside. When I picked it back up I decided I would start with Great Expectations, which is interesting although I have not read far into it yet as I started another book lent to me by a work colleague by David Copperfield. I will go back to it and finish Great Expectations then return to A Tale of Two Cities with full attention and repost to this forum but I have no doubt Charles Dickens will get my attention easily.

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salberson 10 wrote:
PashaRu wrote:
I highly recommend it. It's one of my favorites of Dickens. In fact, I like it better than Great Expectations.

Really!!?? Can you explain why?
and I'm definitely giving it another shot soon!!
I find the story and characters more compelling and interesting. I love the sweeping historical backdrop of the French Revolution in ATOTC. There's great mystery and adventure. Both the protagonists and antagonists are hard to forget (although Miss Havisham is also quite memorable). Don't get me wrong, GE is a terrific story. IMO, ATOTC is even better.
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I have to say 'Tale of Two Cities' is one of my favourites! I remember reading this book in high school and loving it. Oh, and if you like this one, I totally recommend 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' by Emma Orczy. I love it because I think it's so clever and witty. It's funny because even the film is great, despite being black and white.

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I got this book from my great grandfather a few years back. The book was really great.

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A Tale of Two Cities is a historical fiction book. The story took place in both England and France in the 1700s.

The scene when Lucie saw her father for the first time was a touching scene. This is not a scene that has any rising action or any kind of an action, but it shows the psychology of a man who had been in prison for a long time for doing nothing wrong.

The second scene that interested me was the scene when Lucie's father found out who Charles Darnay was, and he said nothing because he loved his daughter so much. After finding out what he had been through, we'd expect him to speak against Darnay's and Lucie's marriage but he did not. He kept all his pain inside, just to make her daughter happy.

The final scene that made me interested was the scene when Sydney Carton changed places with Charlas Darnay. Charles was not his brother, uncle, friend or anything. He sacrificed his life because he wanted Lucie, Lucie's future children and Charles to have a life together. We know that Sydney loved Lucie, he was in love with her. Right before the moment he's been sent to the Guillotine, there was only one thing that kept him happy, warm and maybe even relaxed. He saw the future above in his eyes, he saw that he was dying for a good,very good reason. And he died knowing that he would not be forgotten.

This story impressed me emotionally and I recommend it to my friends because I know that they will be impressed as I am impressed now.
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I've been rereading the book, and I find that I enjoy it now even more than I did then. I love the way it ties in the history of the French Revolution and shows the terror that can come when a group of people with legitimate complaints become a mob. I've mostly read books which glorify revolutions in some way, and it's exciting to read something that, while not entirely condemning it (for it shows that the people have genuine grievances), does show that the revolutionaries can be just as dangerous and terrible as the people they are revolting against.

Like a lot of other people on here, I love the character of Sydney Carton. He feels a lot more fleshed out than some of the other characters (though there are some layers to Charles Darnay that one of my friends apparently doesn't quite see), and I think I loved him even before I knew I did, for he's just that sort of character that I grow increasingly fond of.
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I love Charles Dickens. I've read most of his popular works, but a Tale of Two Cities will always remain my favorite ever.

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This book was gifted to me by my english teacher on my birthday. I, sincerely, couldn't read it because it was too boring in the initial pages. So, I put it down after a few pages. After all the comments here, I think I'll read it after all. *Feeling crazy*

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Post by amybo82 »

This was assigned reading for me in high school, and I remember just slogging through it. I didn't like it then, and I don't think I'd like it now. I've given Dickens many tries, and I just find his writing to be too wordy without really getting anywhere.
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This book is better on the second read. The book is great the first time through, but when you read it again, it is easier to pick up on the foreshadowing and the clues to what is coming. A great read!

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