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A Tale of Two Cities Kindle Edition
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The large clear print, very full notes, and inclusion of Dickens's number plans make it the best paperback available for student use. --Professor Norman Page, University of Nottingham
I read it every other year. It is the best story of the best hero. It does not pale. --You (Mail on Sunday Magazine) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Publisher : Public Domain Books (1 December 2010)
- Language: : English
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A Tale of Two Cities byCharles Dickens is a book full of quotes. It is the book, in which the lines must be quoted and not para-phrased. I remember first picking up this book when I was fifteen but never finished. Until last year, when I finished the book. Charles Dickens has been a very important personality in my life. I got to know him when i was thirteen when I remember reading Oliver Twist which had an impact over me at that time.
The Reign of Terror was just that. The victims of the aristocracy became the victimizers. Dickens brings this out so well. The only parts of the story I didn't care for were the syrupy and sentimental descriptions of Lucie Manette, although she was heroic in the love she had for her father, whom she saved by her strong love for him. Other than that, this was a most excellent story.
Book Name - A Tale of two cities
Author - Charles Dickens
We have seen many work by Charles Dickens. A genuine fan will know what his work speaks about. He is a master of writing. Each and every book has been a classic novel by him. Presenting to you his one of the best works.
A Tale of Two Cities is the best of Dickens and the worst of Dickens: a dark, driven opening, and a celestial but melodramatic ending; a terrifyingly demonic villainess and an impossibly angelic heroine. Though its version of the French Revolution is brutally simplified, its engagement with the immense moral themes of rebirth and terror, justice, and sacrifice gets right to the heart of the matter . . . For every reader in the past hundred and forty years and for hundreds to come, it is an unforgettable ride.”
The narration is crisp and clear. Language is lucid. Plot and Characters makes a perfect fit for the story.
My Rating =4/5
Book Cover is good
Plot and Characters - 4/5
Narration - 4.2/5
Highly recommended if you are Dickens fan.
When Charles was about to be executed. He is saved by Mr. Sydney Carton. Charles’s escape is arranged by Sydney Carton, along with Mr. Lorry, Lucie, and their daughter. Thus the story ends with the sacrifice of Sydney Carton, who also loved Lucie Manette and was ready to do everything for her and her family.
A masterpiece of literature by Charles Dickens. Worth reading.
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I downloaded this on Kindle because it was a freebie and I had often wondered about the story. I accept without question that Charles Dickens is the master of characterisation. The books of his that I have read have always been stories of wonderful and colourful characters. This story was no exception. It was dynamic and gripping. I knew the character that would say the famous last lines straight away. As soon as the person began to paint his profile for the reader I knew. Everything about this story was wonderful. People of all social persuasions come together. The rogues were splendid too. One could understand their dissatisfaction and how their ways had been tempered.
Everything built to a dynamic climax as the Reign of Terror is engulfing France. The guillotine is working overtime as the French Revolution is enforcing the genocide of the entire nation’s aristocracy. I can’t recommend the book highly enough. I have not read something that gave me an adrenalin rush like this for a long time. Brilliant!
It ends with THAT famous quotation.
I'm a huge Dickens/classic literature fan, and I couldn't believe this had no typical, half-hour long, Dickensian epilogue. Objectively, though, this may be the best of his novels I've read so far (I've read 10 or so); there's the usual character building backstory/backstories, combined with some plot elements of mystery/suspense, but even more so than usual, this (aptly named) novel gives an insightful glance into the mindsets of the time periods discussed. The more Dickens I read, the more impressed I am with his insight into psychology (my own undergraduate degree is in that subject, and really, I think Dickens understands human motivation better than some people alive now).
Still miffed about my lack of genuine epilogue. Yes, yes, I know it's all there in SC's mental soliloquy, but can we take that as fact? I mistrust it.
I have to say emphatically, "Yes". It's a classic of English literature which fully deserves its status. Thriller, romance, historical novel, spy story, tale of redemption, this superlative narrative delivers them all.
The core story is that of Dr Manette, rescued from a pre-revolutionary prison, and Charles Darnay, a Frenchman teaching his native language in England, also reprieved, from trumped up espionage charges, at the start of the book. The happy lives they build around Lucie, Manette's daughter are endangered when Darnay returns to Paris in the throes of revolution to repay a debt of honour. Around them, a typically Dickensian supporting cast including lawyers, bankers, grave robbers, embittered revolutionaries, dissolute aristocrats and saturnine road menders all play their parts.
One of the chief joys of the book is simply being in the presence of a master story teller brilliantly demonstrating his art and craft. It is beautifully structured, starting almost with an overture as Dickens sets out two of his major themes, of personal secrecy and of revolution, with, firstly, an almost heartbreaking passage in which he suggests that one of the great tragedies of death is that individuals will never truly understand what is in each other's hearts, and secondly with the breaking of a wine barrel at a bar prophesying the blood of the revolution which is to come. Thereafter the construction is fabulous, as Dickens skilfully sets the threads of his story twisting around each other, intertwining, disappearing from view, and reappearing when least expected, with seemingly minor events from one part of the story taking on major significance later in the novel. Finally, once the story has reached its conclusion, and the loose ends tied up, there is a brilliant device which succinctly tells of what happened afterwards.
The thriller element comes to the fore as the book gradually builds up pace before racing to an unbearably tense conclusion. The book's genesis as a newspaper serialisational so racks up the tension as one can almost hear the East Enders drumbeats when Dickens ends a section or chapter with a cliffhanger or shocking revelation.
As a historical novel, a Tale of Two Cities is quite stunningly violent. The portrayal of the storming of the Bastille and of the post-revolutionary Terror are not coy in their blood drenched description of events and in their generation of a genuine sense of horror at uncontrolled mob rule. However, the author doesn't give us a two dimensional picture of a blanket evil. He understands and frequently sympathises with the revolutionaries, showing them as individuals with credible desires and motivations. Dickens empathises with both the causes of the revolution and with its victims.
At times the writing style, to this modern eye, took some concentration to be able to follow the sometimes long and convoluted sentences, but it is an effort which it is well, well worth making for the repayment made by this rip-roaring adventure story.
So, this is a great work of literarture, a wonderfully crafted story, an insightful account of the humanity behind great events, and that would be more than enough, but then Dickens caps it all off by bookending a Tale of Two Cities with two of the most famous lines in English literature. "It was the best of times.....", "It is a far far better thing".
Very very highly recommended.