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A Tale of Two Cities

Dickens, Charles

(eBook - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Tale of Two Cities
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In the early days of the French Revolution, a young Englishman determines to do the utmost to save the husband of the woman he loves from the guillotine.

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Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Vintage classics ed.
ISBN: 0307950506
9780307950505
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Schama, Simon

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I felt the need to read it just because I loved the Infernal Devices, and Will so much. I can't decide if I love it to pieces or if I want to throw it into a blazing inferno

Jul 28, 2014
  • DariaT rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I read this book several times never get tired of it. Love it.
Two guys who look alike, but with different personalities fall in love with the same girl. And to save the one she loves life, one of those two gives up his life for the sake of her happiness.

Mar 03, 2014
  • SCayleeB rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As always, Dickens presents a challenging read, but once the reader makes it through the first few chapters of dry explanation, the book unfolds beautifully into a complex story of innocence, heroism, desperation and the human condition. It took me a while to adjust to Dickens' diction, but I greatly enjoyed the novel. I love especially the symbolism of blood and wine, and the characters stole my heart. I cried for a while after finishing the book--that's how deeply this novel affects its readers. A great story, with great underlying messages. If you enjoy classics of rich literary meaning, I urge you to read this book.

Sep 01, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It was the best of times, it was the worse of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… This could have been written today, for it is so appropriate to our times! And who doesn’t know the first words of Dicken’s “Tale of Two Cities”? Well, actually I had never read it—and am very glad I did: what a marvelous book. (I actually read about it in Mrs. Kantor’s excellent “Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature.”) This is the story of love’s redeeming qualities: it purifies the soul, it saves the lost—the best of times; it is also the story of the horrors of the French Revolution and its many excesses and crimes—the worse of times… A tale of love and hate, of the duality of human soul, but also the endurance of good. The movies I watched based upon this book could not recreate the beauty of its very touching end: one must read it to understand its meaning. Dickens was certainly a Christian man and everywhere we find mentions of God; but I am inclined to believe this will not be incommodious to the agnostic or the atheist. Definitely a must read for its quality, its lessons and the unmistakable Dickensonian style. (By the way, Lucie Manette is not an aristocrat; Dr. Manette, her father is a doctor—although the vicious, bloodthirsty masses of the Revolution would consider him such...) NOTICE: Attempts to censor (“Report this”) my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Libraries’ beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom. (The three prior comments are SO smart I am still holding my breath!)

i was also drawn here by Will, jajaj thats funny

I was led here by Will in 'the infernal devices' (mortal instruments prequel series) because he quoted many lines and I was drawn into reading more.

Jan 19, 2013
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not my favourite Dickens novel - but so wonderful in parts!

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Jul 13, 2012
  • ucblue rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very, very and can I say VERY boring and confusing beginning, but the book picked up towards the middle. Had to read it for school, glad I stuck with it. Just make sure you have plenty to snack on during this mind-confusing novel.

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May 21, 2014
  • EKOrr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

“All through it, I have known myself to be quite undeserving. And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire- a fire, however, inseparable in its nature from myself, quickening nothing, lighting nothing, doing no service, idly burning away.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Mar 27, 2011
  • étoile rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." - Sydney Carton

Jun 25, 2008
  • pie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.

Jun 25, 2008
  • pie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.

They were the best of times. They were the worst of times.

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Nov 09, 2012
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Mar 27, 2011
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Jul 06, 2012
  • Saulia rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Charles Dickens tells the story of the French Revolution, through a different lens, exploring a love story that makes the historical fiction factor more engaging to today's readers. Using a lot of symbolism, he explores themes such as thirst for revenge.

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