A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Review)

Ink by Alice Broadway

9844495._SY475_Format: Hardback (Clothbound)

Source: Owned Book (Gift from my brother)

Publisher: Penguin

Genres: Classics, Fiction

Publication Date:  2nd June 2011

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“Part of Penguin’s beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful and tactile cloth.

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.”

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My Thoughts & Review

This wasn’t the easiest of books to read, with long sentences and aconfusing and slow plot, but I persevered and I’m glad. The start of this book was very slow and I felt like it was dragging but I really started to enjoy it more as I read on. In fact, I became hooked and couldn’t get enough of it. I also started to appreciate the in depth descriptions.

Although I could never quite relate to or feel drawn to the characters on a personal level, I thought they were very well created, and I liked following them throughout the book.

While A Tale of Two Cities is one of the difficult reads by Dickens, and one that will be either liked or loathed by many, I’m happy to say I am one of those who liked it, and would definitely recommend.

(I read this for the prompt A Classic for the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge created by Mina @ Stacked Reviews)

My Rating


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  1. I also had some difficulty reading this book and agree that it is far from Dickens’ easiest. I think one of the reason why we do not really feel attached to any characters there is because there are a number of them and Dickens does not really the time to focus on any one of them since he has so much to say about the French Revolution. Still, it is a worthwhile read, for sure.

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