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A Tale of Two Cities.

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    My primary goal when I m teaching A Tale of Two Cities to my sophos is to make them realize that Charles Dickens didn t write creaky, dusty long novels that teachers embraced as a twisted rite of passage for teenagers Instead, I want them them to understand why Dickens was one of the most popular writers in England and America during his time I want them to see the book as the suspenseful, comedic, and sentimental piece of entertainment that it is Because, while A Tale of Two Cities is masterfully written with sly humor, densely meaningful descriptions, a cast of quirky characters only Dickens could create, an endless series of telling binaries and foils, and relevant social commentary about the French Revolution as well as Dickens time, it is also simply a damn good story By a damn good storyteller I have a difficult time writing reviews about books that I adore because, when I m not reading them, I hug them too closely to be very critical BTW I frequently hug A Tale of Two Cities in front of my students and write Charles Dickens name with hearts around it They think I m crazy, but it intrigues some of them just enough to make them doubt the...


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    Hundreds, thousands of stories long to have a quotable verse, just one Tale of Two Cities, Dickens masterpiece as far as I m concerned, is bookended by two of the most recognizable quotes in all of English language This is also the darkest story I have read of his, and no doubt, it s about the bloody French Revolution and Dickens spares none of his acerbic wit to demonize what was rightly demonic Yet, to his credit and genius, neither does he sugar coat the great social injustices that led irresolutely to the collapse of the aristocratic French class Lacking his usual humor, again understandable, this nonetheless again displays his mastery of characterization No character is as complete and now archetypal as Madame Defarge I thought that Bill Sykes was his greatest villain, but Citizeness Defarge was simply a portrait of evil So many stories hope for a memorable scene and this has many, highly influential since, I thought of several works that had bor...


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    Charles Dickens is a demanding writer The narratives of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist are relaxed and simple when compared to this Reading Dickens requires concentration, and a will to carry on when sometimes the writing gives you a headache This is a historical novel Dickens tells the story of the storming of the Bastille, some fifty years after it happened Unlike most of his work, all traces of humour are removed There are no caricatures and quirkiness within his writing This is all very serious material, which, of course, it needs to be But, for me, this is what Dickens does best His ability to juxtapose themes of human suffering, poverty and deprivation with ideas of the grotesque, ridiculous and, at times, the plain mad, are where his real master strokes of penmanship come through.That s what I like the most about Dickens, so I knew my enjoyment of this very serious novel would be hindered immediately What we do have though is a strong revenge plot running through the book, and the revolt which occurred two thirds of the way in And, like the name of the book suggests, this is a tale abou...


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    Most satisfying ending in the English language Yes, the last line is a classic It is a far, far better thing , concluding, in astonishingly concise language for Dickens , the peace and redemption of the story s most poignant romantic hero But this novel delivers such a gratifying experience because there are, in fact, many characters who cover significant emotional ground in their journey to love one woman as best they can Lucie s father battles his way back from madness under the gentle protection of his daughter Lucie s childhood nursemaid evolves from a comical stereotype to an embattled force to be reckoned with Lucie s husband s well meaning if bland noblesse oblige culminates in not his hoped for heroic moment, but a moment of quiet dignity that is most moving for its humility Even Lucie s banker reaches dizzying heights of heroic accomplishment when Dickens appoints the quiet businessman the vehicle for an entire family s escape from the guillotine.It is true that Lucie herself engages the reader less than her brutal counterpart the broken but terrifying Madame Defarge is able to, as modern readers are less moved by the swooning heroines who populate the period s literature of sensibility But we can certainly respond to Dickens powerful and vivid claim love is not only what makes us human, it is what allows us to be, at times, s...


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    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way Another classic down The copy of this book that I read I have owned since middle school high school so it has been with me for about 25 years I figured it was about time to get to it.The book is divided into three parts and when I got to the end of part two which is a little over 200 pages into the book , I was sure I was going to give the book 2 stars Not that I was kidding myself that Dickens would be an easy read, but I had to force myself back into the book every day because I knew it would end up being a chore.Then I hit part three.It is all worth it for part three Part three by itself is 5 stars all the way so I averaged out my overall rating to 4 stars If you are struggling with the beginning like I did don t give up I hope that you find the ending as interesting and engaging as I did.Also, thanks again to Shmoop for helping me along the way with chapter summaries I didn t have to read a summary of every chapter, but ther...


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    883 A Tale of Two Cities, Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities 1859 is a historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18 year long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to life in London with his daugh...


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    A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it It has been quite some time since I ve read Charles Dickens, excepting of course A Christmas Carol, which is an absolute favorite of mine, and a handful of his other Christmas short stories Upon joining Goodreads eight years ago, A Tale of Two Cities was the very first book I entered as want to read Well, time flies and here I am finally having picked up my copy and actually reading this beloved by many classic While this one doesn t take the prize for most cherished of novels on my personal list, I absolutely admired this masterpiece In fact, it is a work that for me was appreciated as a whole rather than for its individual parts I needed to complete this to fully grasp the plot and the overall merit of the novel The final portion was entirely compelling and quite brilliant, in fact This is a novel, as the title suggests, of two cities that of London and that of Paris It is a historical fiction work beginning in 1775 which then takes us further into the depths and horrors of th...


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    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair So begins A Tale of Two Cities, a perennial favourite It was an instant success when it was first published, and its popularity has remained steady ever since, as one of the best selling novels of all time For many, it is their most loved novel by Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities is Dickens s second shortest completed novel, possibly his tightest plotted and most dramatic novel, yet in many ways it is the least Dickensian It is one of only two historical novels Dickens ever wrote, and he wanted to try out a few new ways of writing, to celebrate the launch of his new periodical At this time Dickens felt very at home in France, speaking French fluently, and identifying so much with the French character that he sometimes viewed himself as almost a Frenchman in exile He despised any parochial or narrow minded thinking he might see in English people, and frequently poked fun at them in his writing He travelled extensively, and wherever he went he carried his friend, Thomas Carlyle s History of the French Revolution , published in 1837, with h...


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    Years of teaching this novel to teenagers never dimmed my thrill in reading it if anything, I grew to love it every time I watched kids gasp aloud at the revelations Critics are divided on its place in the Dickens canon, but the ones who think it an inferior work are simply deranged It has everything dark deeds, revolution, madness, love, thwarted love, forgiveness, revenge, and a stunning act of self sacrifice And melodrama Oh, how Dickens loved melodrama, but in A Tale of Two Cities it reaches truly grand proportions It s the ultimate mystery novel characters act strangely, but always for a reason Miscellaneous people drift in and out, but they re not truly miscellaneous you just have to wait to see how they re connected And like any good mystery, the payoff at the end is worth the time it takes to get thereand what a payoff Dickens is...

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