Book Review: A Tale Of Two Cities


Title: A Tale Of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens
Format: e-Book (free from iBook apps on your iphone)
Language: English

Taking place in London and Paris during the France revolution, this might be one of the darkest story about love I have ever read after The Great Gatsby. Not only about the romantic love, but also the love to the country and to the family, this one story full of complication and tangling fates of people around the Bastille’s ex-prisonner Doctor Alexandre Manette and his beautiful daughter Lucie.
What is so interesting about this story?
I have to admit that in some part the story could feel a little bit draggy, and it might seem that it came out of nowhere, but bear with it as it would worth your time. It is full of ooh and aah… and a lot of nail biting parts.
I might not quite agree with the closure, but it was only me. I hoped for something less depressing. However, if I was asked how the story should be, I might not be able to come up with a better idea anyway.
It is quite understandable why this novel has been considered as one of the most popular classical novel in the history of English Literature. Apart from the biblical reference that came up once in awhile during the storytelling, this is very much universal and full of moral lesson.
Would I recommend this book to other people?
Apart from my personal liking to this book, I am a little bit doubtful that this book could be enjoyed by everyone. There are a lot of characters that might be confusing for a first time reader, and a reference to a cockney accent which could be hard to understand for people who is not a native. The book itself is a little bit thick to be chosen as the beginner’s book. So I would still recommend this book, BUT only for those who is rather challenged to finish one proper classic this year, or those who actually enjoy classic and has done it before and haven’t read this one.



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