Book Review – A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens

BOOK RATING: The Story 5 / 5 ;  The Writing 5 / 5

BOOK REVIEW: Amazing. What can I say that will do justice to this classic other than, “Why didn’t I read this years ago?”. Of course I watched Dickens’ The Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist movies many times as a child, but this is the first Dicken’s novel I’ve actually read – a travesty I know, off with my head! I must say it took me a few pages to get my head around reading the ‘old english’ phrasing but once in tune with the writing style of that day, I found the description and value packed into every sentence mesmerizing.

The plot/story itself is a mammoth achievement, with minute details elegantly and intricately woven into the tapestry painted by Dickens, ready to be so cleverly called upon again as the story reaches its climax. The character development is flawless and context provided around historical events and settings only adds to the story’s telling. I can’t recommend this book more highly – if you haven’t read it, don’t let the old english phrasing deter you – it’s well worth the effort!

Read the book summary for A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (The Book Depository); A Tale of Two Cities (Barnes & Noble Classics) (Amazon).

This title counts towards my participation in two great challenges, the French Revolution Mini Challenge and the Global Reading Challenge (Europe).

Other notable titles by Charles Dickens include: Great Expectations, David Copperfield, The Old Curiousity Shop, Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend

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