A Tale of Two Cities Book Review

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic
Book review for a tale of two cities by Charles Dickens

Submitted: November 09, 2008

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Katelyn Michael
Mrs. Valkanas
Period 2
11/10/08
A Tale of Two Cities Essay
“’”A life you love.”’” (307 pg.) One of the main quotes that all will love and cry over in one of Charles dickens most famous books. Published in episodes around the French Revolution people loved this book and couldn’t wait for more.
A tale of the Revolution in France and how it affected a family in part of England. Two lovers and their problems during the French Revolution and how family and friends help along the way. The main characters Lucie Manette and Charles Darnay, two lovers, fall in love through a bunch of hardships and secrets during the French Revolution. Dr. Manette, the father of Lucie tries to support them along with Mr. Lorry, and Sydney Carton.
 First off this book is full of love, cunning, courage, and excitement. While it is all these things and more the book is also very high paced, by high paced I mean one second you’re in Paris the next you’re in England like in Chapter 5 or time changes too like in Chapter 24 Book the 2nd it’s 1792 and a few chapters later in Chapter 10 Book the 3rd  it’s 1757. So while reading one must pay very close attention to clues and “puzzle pieces” to the plot and theme of the story.
Second of all A Tale of Two Cities is written in an Old English style of writing so there is a lot of words that will stretch the vocabulary of the everyday person. “’” No. But the life I lead, Miss Manette, is not conducive to health. What is to be expected of, or by, such profligates? ”’” Now the average person might not know what profligates means (which it means immoral or dissipated).  So keep a dictionary close by while reading, continuing on with out knowing the meaning of a word will only make the book more confusing.
Charles Dickens, the author of A Tale of Two Cities was born February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England. The most page turning event in Charles’ life was probably his father’s jail time for debt. While Charles was 12 he had to work in the factory to provide for his family, this is an essential part to the personality of Dickens though it has never been written in any of his books. Charles had ten children and a wife Catherine Dickens. Charles died in 1870 of a stroke.
Overall the book is a good read for anyone academic. I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone who wants the story “handed” to them. It is a very strenuous book if not paid attention to. I enjoyed the book as a love story, the whole French Revolution didn’t interest me as much as it did Charles Dickens, but anyone who enjoys history would find it a good read too.


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