Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Book Review -- "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

rating: 5 of 5 stars

***** SPOILER ALERT -- IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK, GO NO FURTHER! ******

"A Tale of Two Cities" is one of those books that a lot of people THINK they've read, but never have, because it has an ending that nearly everyone knows -- one man trades his life for another under the guillotine. I knew how it ended, but also knew I'd never read the book, and felt it was high time to get on with it.

There's a lot more to it than just swapping Man A with Man B. There's intrigue, plot twists, lots of history, and suspense. There were times I had to read passages and even entire chapters over again due to the way English was written back in Dicken's time, but it was well worth it. The edition I had also had a lot of end notes so I was flipping from front of book to back often, learning just WHY what I'd read was significant. Those notes made the book more interesting (even though I hated the flipping and inevitably losing my place).

I've never read a single thing Dickens has ever written, and this was a great one to start with. The hard part now is choosing which book to pick next!


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