I decided to read A Tale of Two Cities, after doing a  post in June Called, 10 Best Selling Books of all time and Have I Read Them which you can read here. I have since read Don Quixote which you can also read here

This was another book I had tried to read when I was younger but DNF’d after the opening page.

Synopsis

The ageing Doctor Manette, has been released from the Bastille, after being  eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille and is reunited with his daughter in England.

In England the Doctor’s daughter Lucie, has the love of two very different men. One, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer.

From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

Review

I went into reading this historical novel with some trepidation, as Charles Dickens is a writer, I have tried to read before but have never completed one. The reason for this is while the stories are always interesting, I do find the writing style of Charles Dickens a bit dry for my taste.

This one was no different with this reading and even up to about 50% of the book i was thinking about not finishing.  However  at that point the story seemed to start to flow, i am not saying the book has made me a Charles Dickens fan,  however the story did start to interest me at that point. 

This was because the idea of, what we would now call a love triangle in the book along with the danger of Revolutionary France and the jeopardy that Dickens was able to bring made the  story a great read.

This  is how I would define Tale of Two Cities in my opinion, a great story which for me, was spoiled by the writing style of Charles Dickens.

Conclusion 

So who would I recommend this book  for, Charles Dickens is one of those writers that most people should at least try to read in their reading life, in addition if you want to read a book about revenge and going beyond the call of duty, then Tale of Two Cities is the book for you.  

About The Writer

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens, in full Charles John Huffam Dickens, (born February 7, 1812, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England—died June 9, 1870, Gad’s Hill, near Chatham, Kent), English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. 

Bibliography

  • The Pickwick Papers (The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club; monthly serial, April 1836 to November 1837)
  • Oliver Twist (The Adventures of Oliver Twist; monthly serial in Bentley’s Miscellany, February 1837 to April 1839)
  • Nicholas Nickleby (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; monthly serial, April 1838 to October 1839)
  • The Old Curiosity Shop (weekly serial in Master Humphrey’s Clock, April 1840 to November 1841)
  • Barnaby Rudge (Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty; weekly serial in Master Humphrey’s Clock, February to November 1841)
  • A Christmas Carol (A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Ghost-story of Christmas; 1843)
  • Martin Chuzzlewit (The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit; monthly serial, January 1843 to July 1844)
  • The Chimes (The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In; 1844)
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home; 1845)
  • Dombey and Son (Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation; monthly serial, October 1846 to April 1848)
  • The Haunted Man (The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain: A Fancy for Christmas-time; 1848)
  • David Copperfield (The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery [Which He Never Meant to Publish on Any Account]; monthly serial, May 1849 to November 1850)
  • Bleak House (monthly serial, March 1852 to September 1853)
  • Hard Times (Hard Times: For These Times; weekly serial in Household Words, 1 April 1854, to 12 August 1854)
  • Little Dorrit (monthly serial, December 1855 to June 1857)
  • A Tale of Two Cities (weekly serial in All the Year Round, 30 April 1859, to 26 November 1859)
  • Great Expectations (weekly serial in All the Year Round, 1 December 1860 to 3 August 1861)
  • Our Mutual Friend (monthly serial, May 1864 to November 1865)
  • The Signal-Man (1866), first published as part of the Mugby Junction collection in the 1866 Christmas edition of All the Year Round.
  • Edwin Drood (The Mystery of Edwin Drood; monthly serial, April 1870 to September 1870), left unfinished due to Dickens’s death

So Have you read A Tale of Two Cities, or any other  book by Charles Dickens, if so comment bellow

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