A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
(Penguin Classics)

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26 Critic Reviews

It is, in fact, a model first sentence, one for the ages, and I apologize to it on humanity’s behalf for our having so prodigally abused its conceit in college papers, headlines on the Internet and other venues unbecoming of its excellence.
-Time Magazine

Synopsis

Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton are alike in appearance, different in character and in love with the same woman. In the midst of the French Revolution, Darnay, who has fled to London to escape the cruelty of the French nobility, must return to Paris to rescue his servant from death. But he endangers his own life and is captured. Carton may be able to help, but will his resemblance be enough to save Darnay's life?

With an enticing introduction by bestselling author, Roddy Doyle.

 

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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was one of England's greatest writers. Best known for his classic serialized novels, such as "Oliver Twist", "A Tale of Two Cities", and "Great Expectations", Dickens wrote about the London he lived in, the conditions of the poor, and the growing tensions between the classes. He achieved critical and popular international success in his lifetime and was honored with burial in Westminster Abbey.
 
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All: 26 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 5

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Sep 15 2012

Epic in historical scale, it is also an intimate book, showing how the personal and political intermingle and what the causes and effects of violence are, including the struggle to retain one's sanity under systemic abuse.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Sep 15 2012

This taut, atmospheric novel initially appeared as weekly instalments in 1859. Its insights remain relevant...

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Time Magazine

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Reviewed by Radhika Jones on Jan 31 2012

It is, in fact, a model first sentence, one for the ages, and I apologize to it on humanity’s behalf for our having so prodigally abused its conceit in college papers, headlines on the Internet and other venues unbecoming of its excellence.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Aspen H. on Jun 11 2014

This book helps to learn the importance of good friendship. This must be one of the best books of Dickens.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Hollyss on Jun 11 2014

I had very mixed feelings about the book. I did not much enjoy the story line, as I found it depressing and difficult reading. However, there were points in the story that required thought that led to introspective revelations...

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Steven Svoboda on Jun 26 2010

I viewed the ending of the novel to be very well concluded and wrapped up. I thought Charles Dickens did a good job tying together all the loose ends...

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Yahoo! Voices

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Reviewed by Jeremy Plax on Dec 28 2006

While A Tale of Two Cities is a beautiful work of literature, it is also an effective device to educate people about the changes that needed to be made during the time of its writing. It is Dickens' memorable blending of story and editorial that makes this novel such an amazing work

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Naval Langa on Jun 17 2010

Other characters, Jarvis Lorry, Defarge couple, Mrs. Pross, and others walked with the story, making its flow lucid and the contents rich.

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Brothers Judd

Excellent
on Jun 11 2014

There is no more thrilling moment in literature then when Carton takes Darnay's place and bravely faces certain death.

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http://www.bookdrum.com

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on Jun 10 2014

A Tale of Two Cities is much more than a story about a particular place and time. It paints a powerful picture of the best and worst of human nature, and sounds an ominous warning that resonates across the centuries...

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Book Review Circle

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Reviewed by Amrita Dutta on Jun 11 2014

When I first read this novel I was too young to understand the language, but I was profoundly moved. I read it again recently- the magic hasn't worn off.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

Good
on Jun 23 2011

Dickens is always worth reading, and all his prose skills are on display here, with a sprinkling of his usual memorable characters. A Tale of Two Cities is also a good "starter Dickens" since it's shorter than most of his other novels...

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Rebecca Reads

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Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Feb 25 2010

In the end, I found A Tale of Two Cities far superior to Oliver Twist. No, I didn’t enjoy it as much; it was a difficult and somewhat uncomfortable read for me. But Dickens’ craft is far more refined in Two Cities than in Oliver.

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Leeswammes' Blog

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Reviewed by Leeswammes on Jun 11 2014

After A Christmas Carol, which I really enjoyed, I tried A Tale of Two Cities, which I enjoyed at first, but later found extremely uninteresting...

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She Reads Novels

Excellent
Reviewed by Helen on Dec 22 2013

...A Tale of Two Cities is one of the best books I’ve read this year...I don’t want to say too much and spoil the story for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but the ending is heartbreaking. This is the first Dickens novel that has made me cry!

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Reviewed by Biodun Awosusi on Jun 11 2014

It shows that conscious and continuos sacrifice and a free society are important ingredients of social justice and fruitful relationships in every society irrespective of age, sex, nationality or race.

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Impressions In Ink

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Reviewed by Annette on Sep 30 2012

As far as I'm concerned no one else can tell a story as Charles Dickens. It is a story of love and hate, war and peace, villains and heroes. Although, A Tale of Two Cities is unique in that the villains were both expected and unexpected.

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http://roofbeamreader.com

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on Jan 10 2010

In all, I would have to say that, once one gets through the rather clumsy introduction to the storyline and its characters in Book One, the tale then picks up and is rather impossible to put down.

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Tiny Library

Good
Reviewed by Sam on Feb 25 2013

On the whole, I was surprised at how much I loved this book. It's now on my favourites shelf on goodreads and it will certainly be revisited at some point in the future.

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The Oddness of Moving Things Blog

Above average
on Aug 10 2012

Read it! I’m not sure about the rest of Dickens work, but if it is similar I may have to expand my reading of him. Hopefully after getting through the first and finding his language and pacing it’ll be easier to read the rest.

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At Home With Books

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Reviewed by Alyce on Apr 13 2009

If you are determined to read this iconic story of the French Revolution, then I suggest reading it with the Cliffs Notes by your side, just in case you get bogged down in the story.

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So Many Books

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Reviewed by Stefanie on Apr 15 2012

It takes a bit to get going once you get beyond the famous opening lines. I had tried to read the book once before...and stopped...But I am glad I gave it another try, this time as a Project Gutenberg book on my Kindle. An excellent read should you ever feel so inclined.

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Fly High

Above average
on Feb 27 2010

...Charles Dickens shows how every revolution turns into its contrary, an involution, and how the rebellious subjects become as evil and unjust as the tyrants they overturned. Men always make the same mistakes in history.

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A Walking Delight

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on Jun 11 2012

Dickens is not a writer for a reader seeking immediate absorption. It takes several chapters to become engrossed in a Dickens’ story. His meticulous character development and scene creation eventually draw one into his imagined world but readers and listeners need patience.

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My Reader's Block

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Reviewed by Bev Hankins on Feb 29 2012

Dickens does a terrific job in balancing the story between London and Paris. He shows us the building resentment among the poor and oppressed people of France. He uses the backdrop of the horrors of the time to set off and highlight the sacrifice of Sydney Carton.

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http://moonlightbookreviews.com

Good
Reviewed by Erika on Feb 21 2012

Overall Dickens has created another timeless classic for his readers. I think you will find this historical novel surpasses the last one by the height of a mountain. The vocabulary and language of the novel will be great to use to impress the others at the next opera or ball.

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