A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities By Charles Dickens David Butler, A Tale of Two Cities 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 i
  • Title: A Tale of Two Cities
  • Author: Charles Dickens David Butler
  • ISBN: 9781584725480
  • Page: 285
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  • A Tale of Two Cities By Charles Dickens David Butler, 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 direct to HeaveIt 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 direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
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      Charles John Huffam Dickens 7 February 1812 9 June 1870 was an English writer and social critic He created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from

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    1. My primary goal when I m teaching A Tale of Two Cities to my sophos is to make them realize that Charles Dickens didn t write creaky, dusty long novels that teachers embraced as a twisted rite of passage for teenagers Instead, I want them them to understand why Dickens was one of the most popular writers in England and America during his time I want them to see the book as the suspenseful, comedic, and sentimental piece of entertainment that it is Because, while A Tale of Two Cities is masterful [...]


    2. Christ on a bike I d forgotten how much concentration Dickens demands Reading the first few chapters of this book was, frankly, a chore I could not be less bothered about The Mail and the Dickens banged on about that never ending carriage journey the I daydreamed about the next book I was going to read once this torture was over I m glad I didn t give up though because as soon as we hit France and the wine shop I was hooked, the pace started to pick up and there were mysteries and revelations [...]


    3. I first read this in high school as a substitute for Oliver Twist which was not in my high school library catalog it was in the elementary school catalog Come to think of it now, I have never read that book Weird If ever I get a chance to meet high school me , I bet she will be over the moon and back to know that the world is her library Any book, on demand I guess it would distract her enough not to realize she s living an almost hermetic way of life Anyway A Tale of Two Cities is, once again, [...]


    4. Most satisfying ending in the English language Yes, the last line is a classic It is a far, far better thing , concluding, in astonishingly concise language for Dickens , the peace and redemption of the story s most poignant romantic hero But this novel delivers such a gratifying experience because there are, in fact, many characters who cover significant emotional ground in their journey to love one woman as best they can Lucie s father battles his way back from madness under the gentle protect [...]


    5. Hundreds, thousands of stories long to have a quotable verse, just one Tale of Two Cities, Dickens masterpiece as far as I m concerned, is bookended by two of the most recognizable quotes in all of English language This is also the darkest story I have read of his, and no doubt, it s about the bloody French Revolution and Dickens spares none of his acerbic wit to demonize what was rightly demonic Yet, to his credit and genius, neither does he sugar coat the great social injustices that led irres [...]


    6. Years of teaching this novel to teenagers never dimmed my thrill in reading it if anything, I grew to love it every time I watched kids gasp aloud at the revelations Critics are divided on its place in the Dickens canon, but the ones who think it an inferior work are simply deranged It has everything dark deeds, revolution, madness, love, thwarted love, forgiveness, revenge, and a stunning act of self sacrifice And melodrama Oh, how Dickens loved melodrama, but in A Tale of Two Cities it reache [...]


    7. Charles Dickens is a demanding writer The narratives ofGreat Expectations andOliver Twistare relaxed and simple when compared to this Reading Dickens requires concentration, and a will to carry on when sometimes the writing gives you a headache This is a historical novel Dickens tells the story of the storming of the Bastille, some fifty years after it happened Unlike most of his work, all traces of humour are removed There are no caricatures and quirkiness within his writing This is all very se [...]



    8. A TALE OF TWO TALESReading Dickens s approach to historical fiction, at first I could not help but remember Romola, which I read recently And even if Romola seemed to have of a Victorian than a Florentine Renaissance tone, the story and the context were very nicely woven together While with A Tale I felt I as reading two separate stories One was a the result of conscientious research, and Dickens in his Preface acknowledges Carlyle s wonderful book, and the other was a melodramatic tale with G [...]


    9. 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 spring of hope, it was the winter of despair So begins A Tale of Two Cities, a perennial favourite It was an instant success when it was first published, and its popularity has remained steady ever since, as one of the best selling novels of all time For many, it is their most loved novel by Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities is Dickens s second shortest completed novel, poss [...]


    10. Hands down my favorite Dickens I ve read yet It s got love, sacrifice, revenge, revolt and other exciting verbs I m a big fan of a solid marriage between character development and action A Tale of Two Cities is well wed Some criticize Dickens for his trite stories and overblown caricature esque characters Yes, the man wrote some less than perfect books He wrote them for a wide ranging public and he wrote for money High minded prose eloquently crafted may garner praise, but it doesn t always pay [...]


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    12. Some how my review of this got deleted which is good because I think after sitting a while I can appreciate the book When I read it it was confusing and slow and then towards the end really picked up and I was kind of disoriented but it gives a really good view into things in the period before the French Revolution Learning about it was one thing but reading this made me very sympathetic of the peasants and angry on thier behave, honestly surprised they didn t start rioting sooner.


    13. It was the best of a far, far, FAR better thing that I do, than I have ever done.I know that s lame, but I m out of ideas for an opening paragraph.This is my second reading of A Tale of Two Cities and I doubt it will be my last A lot of people who habitually read for pleasure probably would not consider reading this book because it is required reading in many schools and it would seem like anathema to a good time to read it when you don t have to This is unfortunate because I think this like all [...]


    14. I don t know Dickens Is it you Or is it me I keep reminding myself that this isn t typical fare of his Much shorter, written weekly, full of plot, tight on character development, short on the waffle Does this make it one of his best, or one of his worst I have to admit, that for the majority of my time listening to this on audiobook, I kept forgetting what novel it was I ve recently read The Count of Monte Cristo, so in my head Manette was morphing into the Count, but a lesser version Then I kep [...]


    15. One of the greatest novels ever written I ve never seen a ranking that didn t include this novel If you have ever wondered what it was like to live through the French Revolution, then read this novel Through Dickens words you feel the anger, the hopelessness, the insecurity, and most of all the fear that enveloped everyone It was a pleasure and a privilege to read this masterpiece.


    16. 883 A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens 1347 300 1346 436 1355 570 1362 520 1363 197 1368 180 1368 130 1370 225 1370 171 1374 141 1377 480 1381 482 1389 96 1389 698 1393 165 .


    17. I first read A Tale of Two Cities as a high school sopho I have a vivid memory of my English book laid flat on my desk, though it seems odd to me now that the whole story was in a textbook Though it wasn t my introduction to Dickens that came from a book of stories I didn t realize till later were not the real stories, but that s a different story , I remember being stunned by the language, the characters and the atmosphere Especially due to the characters of Sydney Carton what teenage girl does [...]


    18. IT IS A FAR, FAR BETTER THING Antes que todo Que pedazo de final Dickens est en el podio de mis escritores favoritos, pero si hay algo que le falt es un poco m s de claridad al expresarse en oraciones largas, y eso se refleja claramente en esta novela.A pesar de eso, es encantadora Los personajes est n muy bien hechos, la trama de las dos ciudades Par s y Londres est n bastante claras los comentarios que hay sobre la Revoluci n Francesa son los perfectos para hacer de esta novela algo genial, y [...]


    19. A Tale of Two Cities holds the dubious honor of being the first book I ever picked up and failed to finish The very first.From there, it s all gone downhill Just look at my reviews where I casually admit to throwing away classics unread A Light in August, Lolita, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, etc, etcIf you enjoy the little things, like being sane and not hating life, then I recommend you never pick this up.


    20. 6.0 stars This was the first Charles Dickens novel I have ever read and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT After reading this, I immediately decided that I would plan on reading the rest of Dickens books hopefully one every couple of months until I get through them all I was completely amazed by his characters who came instantly to life for me and about whose hopes and fears I found myself truly caring Equally impressive was Dickens plotting and overall story telling ability which I thought were nothing shor [...]


    21. A painful beast of a book It took me five attempts to get past page one hundred, and when I finally did break that barrier I pressed on until the very end so that I didn t have to suffer ever again.Dickens is a problem for me I admit it freely.There was a time, many years ago, when I was a fan I read Great Expectations for the first time in grade four, and I was in love with the book and Dickens And I imagine that some part of my social consciousness, which wasn t a gift from my parents, was pla [...]


    22. About 30 pages into this book, I was struck with a moment of panic WHAT S GOING ON HERE WHERE THE HELL IS GARFIELD Had the lasagna loving feline been uncerimoniously behead on the guillotine before the happenings of page 1 Without my favorite cartoon cat s wry, laid back sense of wit these are surely THE WORST OF TIMES That is when I realized I was reading the classic text A Tale of Two CITIES, by Charles Dickens and not watching the 2006 cinematic masterpiece Garfield A TAIL of Two KITTIES Holy [...]


    23. 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 I still remember being assigned to read this book in the 11th grade by Mr Stahler I can still see him up there in front of the room, leaning on the lectern, talking about Dickens and this particular book Thinking back on this time, I can say this is the first Classic book that I loved I loved the romance, heroism, the courage, the sacrifice As a teenage girl this book [...]


    24. This book is interesting for the wrong reasons On the one hand there are elements that work very well and you feel confident in the author s skill but on the other hand the sequence of events that sucks one character after another back into France feels entirely unconvincing.In Bleak House we see a bundle of characteristics taken to a negative extreme in the person of the French women Hortense In A Tale of Two Cities this is extended here to the point that bad and French seem to be synonymous te [...]


    25. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times These lines will perhaps haunt me for the rest of my life A Tale of Two Cities is a delicious plate of my mom s best hotch potch served in the biting cold of a grey December Set in the backdrop of the French Revolution, with poverty, hunger, debauchery spreading like a dark mist over the country, and by contrast an idyllic England It s a story of love, of endurance and friendship, of the vagaries of the human condition, of the fickleness of a c [...]


    26. No man ever really loved a woman, lost her, and knew her with a blameless though an unchanged mind, when she was a wife and a mother, but her children had a strange sympathy with him an instinctive delicacy of pity for him What fine hidden sensibilities are touched in such a case, no echoes tell but it is so, and it was so here Carton was the first stranger to whom little Lucie held out her chubby arms, and he kept his place with her as she grew The little boy had spoken of him, almost at the la [...]


    27. What a book After reading this, I ve come to appreciate Charles Dickens as so much than that guy who wrote the Christmas Carol One thing I love is his ability to create a perfect storyline Everything in this book fits together in the end like a perfect, intricate puzzle Components that were thought to be gratuitous at first will come back in major ways at later points in the book Maybe it s just me, but I adore authors who blatantly show that they know exactly where they re going with every sen [...]


    28. This is another one of those Charles Dickens classics I was supposed to read as a kid and never did Since I ve never seen any of the movies either, it was actually pretty unspoiled for me, though I did know how it ends anyone growing up in the English speaking world can hardly have avoided knowing Sydney Carton s famous last lines 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 knownOnce again, I am in awe of Dickens s abi [...]


    29. This was a re read of an old favourite for me It s been about 25 years, though, so long overdue I m not even going to try to review this masterpiece but let me just say one thing It was the best of times, it was the worst of times Arguably the best opening line of any book ever written but wait 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 Definitely the best closing lines of any novel ever written and I will brook [...]


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