Its a serious tale that Dickens likens to the times in which it was written ... where many convicts were taken to the guillotine in the public square. Lucie Manette becomes acquainted with her father (Dr. Manette) who is insane after spending her whole lifetime in prison. Two look-alike men (Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton) are in love with Lucie and one gives his life for the other because of his love for her. Madade Defarge knits code into her work to hide away the words of spies. From the 1st well-known sentence to the last, this is an intense read.
I was skeptical at first, since Charles Dickens is considered one of the best writers in the English language and I didn't believe any book could live up to the hoopla, but A Tale of Two Cities actually does. It's well-crafted and thoroughly interesting. If you've never read a Dickens book, this is a great place to start.
I was required to read this in high school and was shocked at how much I loved this story. I cried like a baby at the end. Loved it! I recently bought myself a new copy so I could revisit it in adulthood. I really hope after all these years it lives up to my expectations.
Possibly the best fiction book I have ever read, A Tale of Two Cities is a fabulous story set during the chaotic and bloody time of the French revolution. If you can persevere past the first few chapters than you will be unable to put it down.
One of my favorite Dickens'. Complex plot, but not so much that you can't follow it. Historical events mixed in with the fictional storyline lend reality to the tale. You'll find love, hatred, heroism, heartbreaking self-sacrifice, and, of course, romance. This book is worth a read. :)
This was a book club read. Dickens always has a way of bogging me down at the beginning, but he always comes through at the end. The way he can tie the story together is amazing. It's a great classic read that should be in everyone's repetoire.
Deals with the French revolution, where the monarchy was overthrown by a massive revolt of the common people. Timely reading in view of the turmoil in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere. Also an excellent story for mature readers.
Having read this many, many, many years ago (it may have actually been during the French Revolution),I decided it was time to re-read this one, & I am glad I did. Now "it is a far,far better thing that I do..." introducing Sidney Carton to someone else by making the book available to someone new.
Although this is hard to get into (...the worst of times...), once you get past the first 40 pages or so, this is a great story (...the best of times!). Yes, this is a classic and yes, it is Dickens (which is why I only gave it a three...) but the story really is quite intriguing. It reads like a soap-opera. If you want, read the spark notes for the first 4 chapters and then dive in!
This information refers only to the Hardcover 111 page version of this novel with isbn number 0679203745.
ILLUSTRATED by Harold King.
Dozens of interesting illustrations including maps and drawings. Illustrations include The Bastille Prison, a Time Line of the Events of the French Revolution, The Guillotine, The Goose Game Board and rules of the Game, Newgate Prison, an1870 Map of Paris and dozens more.
I loved "David Copperfield" so expected to love this book too, but after reading over half of it I've decided to give it up. I don't know if it's the old English style of writing or the subject matter, but I have found it very difficult to read.