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Book Reviews : : A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens has written many books but of all the books I have read my favorite is still "A Tale of Two Cities".

A Tale of Two Cities : : Charles Dickens
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness." Thus Charles Dickens opened his gripping book of one of the most frightening times in all history...The French Revelation. He weaves together the stories of many people into one story... Lucie Manette, who shows devotion to her father she had not seen in 18 years and has come back completely changed. Charles Darnay, a young Frenchman who flees to England. Monsieur and Madame Defrage, who own a wine shop in France and becomes a leader in the revolution. Sydney Carton who drinks way to much but reforms in the end in the act of courage and sacrifice. 

This book was VERY interesting! It has a very involving plot line and was very suspenseful. I did not like that Sydney Carton drank so much. This book showed the reality of the French revolution  It showed the cruelty of the French people to the aristocrats and many other innocents. I really enjoyed this book but because of the VERY involved plot and because of Sydney Carton's bad habit of drinking I would only recommend this book for older readers. I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. 


Hannah said…
I just finished this book for my Omnibus class (just today we had a great discussion about it in class =D)! I loved it :). So good - especially the ending.
Esther said…
I love that book too!!

Lily Marie said…
I would love to read this...very helpful review! Thanks :).
Carissa Rose said…
@Hannah: I cried through the entire book. Bethany and I watched the movie of it a few days later (that way as she says "she doesn't have to read the book!") and I cried through the entire movie as well. It was so sad.

@Esther: Yes, I have now added it to my favorite books list :D

@Lily: You're welcome. Glad you found it helpful.
Anonymous said…
Hi Carissa,

Thank you for writing a book review! I should have done the same thing when I read it. I agree that Sydney drinks too much, but that is a crucial part of the story and makes it that much more poignant at the end (you know what I mean since you've read the book). As a reader who is able to understand the plot, I give it five stars and consider it among the best books I have ever read! It also has a lot of incredible illustrations of Biblical ideas, if you read it from that perspective!

Keep reading,
Your big brother
Carissa Rose said…
Daniel, thanks for the comment :D Yes, Sydney's bad habit was a crucial part of the story. And yes it did have a lot of illustrations of Biblical ideas.

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