A Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensMy primary goal when Im teaching A Tale of Two Cities to my sophomores is to make them realize that Charles Dickens didnt 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
I have a difficult time writing reviews about books that I adore because, when Im not reading them, I hug them too closely to be very critical. (BTW - I frequently hug A Tale of Two Cities in front of my students... and write Charles Dickens name with hearts around it... They think Im crazy, but it intrigues some of them just enough to make them doubt the derisive comments of upperclassmen.) I reluctantly admit that Dickens does oversimplify the causes of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror; however, in doing so, he successfully captures the spirit of a tumultuous period and helps readers sympathize with characters on every side of the developing conflict. I also think that the characters of Roger Cly and John Barsad get a bit messy and may have worked better as a single character. Perhaps the confusion is a result of serialization restructuring. But, really, I read A Tale of Two Cities like a costumed Lord of the Rings fan at a movie premier. I cheer when my favorite characters enter scenes and I knowingly laugh when Dickens cleverly foreshadows future events.
Though I dont think that A Tale of Two Cities is Dickens best novel--that title I would reserve for either Bleak House or David Copperfield--I do agree with Dickens, who claims that it was his best story. It is artfully written. Dickens introduces a cast of characters, sprawled across two nations and spanning varied social classes and political affiliations, and then effortlessly weaves their stories and secrets together in a masterful way. The Modernist movement painstakingly forced literature to reflect the ambiguities and uncertainties of the real world and thats great, but sometimes it is a real joy to read a story that ends with such magnificent closure. All mysteries are solved and everything makes sense. It is beautiful.
(I have to admit that I was overjoyed when a group of my fifth period girls persistently voiced their disdain for Dickens angel in the house Lucie and backed Madame Defarge. I think they may have created a Madame Defarge myspace, actually. Oh how the times have changed.)
Ms. R--, you got me. What? At the beginning of this book, you said you would get some of us. And that we would love it. You got me. I didnt get you G--. Charles Dickens did. I just introduced you.
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
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M4B audio book, part 1 mb. M4B audio book, part 2 mb. A Tale of Two Cities is a historical novel by Charles Dickens; it is moreover a moral novel strongly concerned with themes of guilt, shame, redemption and patriotism. The plot centers on the years leading up to French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobin Reign of Terror. It tells the story of two men, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton, who look very alike but are entirely different in character. Summary from wikipedia.
Its immortal opening lines, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is one of the most widely read and famous works of historical fiction in the English language. Dickens had recently launched his magazine All the Year Round in In the same year, he began featuring A Tale of Two Cities in 31 weekly installments in his new magazine. The book was eventually combined into a single copy and split into three major sections as it is presented today.
The story is set in the backdrop of the events leading to the French Revolution and tackles issues of equality as well as themes of guilt, redemption and patriotism. The story follows several characters mainly that of Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton who are physically similar yet are very different in personality and morality. The story is a stark reminder of how society perceives those in power and those without. In this case, the French peasantry and the French aristocracy which treat each other with such scorn. Charles Dickens not only portrayed the arrogance of the aristocracy but also the brutality of the revolutionaries in vivid detail to show that acts of hate can only lead to more hate.
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Charles Dickens tells a gripping story about the nature of torture, power and love. This audiobook is performed by Jane Aker and co-produced by LoudLit. Each episode has 1 to 4 chapters and is approximately minutes in length. Text provided at Project Gutenberg www. This recording was made possible by the generous support of Gordon W. Also available via podcast from LiteralSystems and LoudLit.