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  • A Tale of Two Cities
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  • 14 December 2020
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Summary A Tale of Two Cities Read & Download A Tale of Two Cities ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub It was the time of the French Revolution a time of great change and great danger It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty Against this tumultuous historical backdrop Dickens' great story of unsurpassed adventure and courage unfoldsUnjustly imprisoned for 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 masterfully written with sly humor densely meaningful descriptions a cast of uirky characters only Dickens could create an endless series of telling binaries and foils and relevant social commentary about the French Revolution as well as Dickens time it is also simply a damn good story By a damn good storyteller I have a difficult time writing reviews about books that I adore because when I m not reading them I hug them too closely to be very critical BTW I freuently hug A Tale of Two Cities in front of my students and write Charles Dickens name with hearts around it They think I m 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 don t 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 that s 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 beautifulI 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 changedMs 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 didn t get you G Charles Dickens did I just introduced youuoteA wonderful fact to reflect upon that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other

Summary A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Summary A Tale of Two Cities Read & Download A Tale of Two Cities ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ason Strangely enough Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom the dissolute lawyer's clerk Sydney Carton It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom than once Brilliantly plotted the novel is rich in drama romance and heroics that culminate in a daring prison escape in the shadow of the guillotine back cove. 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 possibly his tightest plotted and most dramatic novel yet in many ways it is the least Dickensian It is one of only two historical novels Dickens ever wrote and he wanted to try out a few new ways of writing to celebrate the launch of his new periodical At this time Dickens felt very at home in France speaking French fluently and identifying so much with the French character that he sometimes viewed himself as almost a Frenchman in exile He despised any parochial or narrow minded thinking he might see in English people and freuently poked fun at them in his writing He travelled extensively and wherever he went he carried his friend Thomas Carlyle s History of the French Revolution published in 1837 with him reading it over and over again Dickens jokingly claimed to have read the book 500 times In truth he admired and revered his friend rather than the feeling being reciprocated Carlyle tended to view Dickens as a mere novelist But Dickens was determined to meticulously research the historical background to his latest work and used Carlyle s book as a reference source Attempting to imbue his new way of writing with gravitas Dickens tried to curb or at least subdue some of his own habits of fanciful imagination After criticism of his earlier slips in Barnaby Rudge he had resolved to make this account although fictionalised an historically accurate a portrayal as possible Along with the less discursive style he paid less reliance on character development and humour both usual indicators of his style Some readers maintain they do not associate Dickens with humour and I personally feel that that is due in large part to their familiarity with his later works especially this one If this is the only Dickens novel one has read it is possible to miss much of its uirky humour A Tale of Two Cities has been dramatised countless times and in common with many others I am drawn to each dramatisation The story is a violent and bloody one with acts of heroism and intrigue secrets and lies imprisonment and torture sorrow and loss terror and madness panic and frenzy It describes in detail the depth of depravity a human can sink to and also instances the pinnacle of an almost unimaginable force for compassion and altruism The characters once read about here stay in the mind for ever they are spell binding whether good or evil There is much mystery and the development of the story is so tightly plotted that the tension mounts to almost unbearable limits The horrors described are both explicit and totally believeable After much thought then I have rated it five stars A story which endures and continues to be retold with images which permeate each new generation s consciousness which is so powerfully written and can move the reader to tears each time they read it deserves no less Do I like it No not really I have to steel myself to read this each time But then I don t enjoy Dostoevsky either and Dickens was one of his favourite writers So this takes nothing away from my reluctant admiration for the novel It is a deeply spiritual work with the main theme of resurrection sitting very firmly in a Christian context Being recalled to life is a major theme throughout the novel in fact Dickens at one time considered using Recalled to Life as the book s title Buried how long The answer was always the same Almost eighteen years You had abandoned all hope of being dug out Long ago You know that you are recalled to life They tell me so Of course the story is shrouded in mystery Recalled to life refers to several strands and episodes in the story as well as being a metaphor It is possible to enjoy the story without necessarily picking up uite how embedded in the novel all the Christian references are One might see a vaguely spiritual thread of redemption running through and an idea of a better future life without picking up on the myriad references to blood river cleansing water shrouds love light and golden threads binding families together Take one tiny but telling detail at the climax of the book The murmuring of many voices the upturning of many faces the pressing on of many footsteps in the outskirts of the crowd so that it swells forward in a mass like one great heave of water all flashes away Twenty Three What if anything might the number 23 signify The 23rd Psalm possibly A psalm which is often understood by Christians as an allusion to the eternal life given by Christ In the story it refers to view spoilerSidney Carton sacrificing himself to the guillotine in the final scene In other words the 23rd victim is a Christ figure who is willingly executed by massed crowds baying for blood in the culmination His death thus serves to save the lives of others ensuring that his own life gains meaning and value hide spoiler

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Summary A Tale of Two Cities Read & Download A Tale of Two Cities ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub 8 years in the Bastille Dr Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter Lucie and safely transported from France to England It would seem that they could take up the threads of their lives in peace As fate would have it though the pair are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman Charles Darnay falsely accused of tre. Charles Dickens is a demanding writer The narratives of Great Expectations and Oliver Twist are relaxed and simple when compared to this Reading Dickens reuires 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 uirkiness within his writing This is all very serious material which of course it needs to be But for me this is what Dickens does best His ability to juxtapose themes of human suffering poverty and deprivation with ideas of the grotesue ridiculous and at times the plain mad are where his real master strokes of penmanship come throughThat s what I like the most about Dickens so I knew my enjoyment of this very serious novel would be hindered immediately What we do have though is a strong revenge plot running through the book and the revolt which occurred two thirds of the way in And like the name of the book suggests this is a tale about two cities London and Paris Dickens loved to criticise society and all its stupid aristocratic nuances Here he takes great pains to show that London is no symbol of societal perfection The aftermath of the French revolution placed the British on a pedestal at least to their own minds They could not believe that their own current systems of ruling could cause such a travesty within their own capital Dickens shows that the men in power were just as corrupt and corruptible wherever they sit revolution can happen again I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss I see the lives for which I lay down my life peaceful useful prosperous and happy I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts and in the hearts of their descendants generations hence 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 The streets of Paris are seen before and after the bloodshed and all the strands of seemingly unrelated plots are artfully perhaps slightly forcefully woven together Dickens brings the lives of a huge cast of characters spanning over two cities and two nations all of which have a varied station in life and political beliefs into one final conclusion And it s a strong conclusion though heavily reliant of coincident This is nothing unusual for fiction of the Victorian era though it did feel very much like a construct The modernists would address such issues in the next century mainly to criticise them heavily due to their incapability at capturing the essence of life within fiction Perhaps they have a point here So this is a very strong story one that is highly perceptive and intuitive at times As a reader I need a certain degree of entertainment when reading I find that the wonderfully comic elements that are in some of Dickens other books help to break up the intense moments of the plot Even Jane Austen would interpose her narrative with moments of scathing sarcasm and wit For me this is far from the finest work of Dickens despite the fact that it seems to be his most popular