A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Image If I have ever had a LOVE-HATE relationship with a book, it was with this one. It was the best of books, it was the worst of books. It was flowery language, too lofty for me to follow, then there was the sentence…”You follow me?” There was the greatest of the good, there was the evilest of the evil. (There was the sappiest of the sappy too but I managed to get past it.)

Here is my goodreads review…

“Giving this one 4 stars. The reason it doesn’t get five is that I hate, hate, hated it for the first half of the book! The whole first half! BUT THEN what you get after that is literary, fantastical, crazy good. I think it is cruel and unusual punishment for a high schooler to have to read this one, unless they have a teacher that will guide them faithfully through. If they can get that, they’ll love it too. Lots of evil, lots of heads, lots of spies, revelations and suspense. I dreaded reading this one for so long. I was so wrong.”
I avoided reading this book for nearly three years, but in order for me to complete my LOST Book Club challenge, it had to be done. I think the fact that it was Dickens is what had me thinking I wouldn’t like it.  I know he was a genius and all, but the language… I just didn’t want to trudge through the formal language, I’m too old. And maybe a bit lazy. But thank goodness I’ve got this challenge. The main reason I started it was because I wanted to be more “well read”. I’ve read many things now that I never would have before, including this one.  And I think that anyone on the quest to become well read needs to read A Tale of Two Cities.
Maybe you read it in high school, a lot of kids did, but this girl was just in the regular ole average English class, no honors or AP and so we didn’t get to this one. Good grief I would have hated it. If you read it in high school, and you hated it, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS LITERARY, PICK IT UP AND READ IT AGAIN! Just get past that horrible carriage ride in the beginning, and maybe read a bit of Sparknotes to make sure you’re following. You’re gonna love it. I just know it.
If I try to summarize, I will surely ruin a beautiful story but just know, there was love, devotion, sacrifice, blood, secrets, spies, rich people, poor people and the French Revolution’s mascot…”La Guillotine.”
LOST Connection
A Tale of Two Cities makes it on the LOST book list because it is the title of the season 3 opening episode. That’s pretty much it. Well, there could be other reasons. This is the episode that we find out there is another actual community of people living on the island, separate from our LOSTies on the beach. And the story progresses for a few weeks into one of sacrifice, similar to the sacrifice made in the book, minus the guillotine. The episode just happens to have one of my favorite scenes in all of LOST….the book club scene. It would be awesome if they were reading A Tale of Two Cities but they weren’t. They were discussing Carrie, by Stephen King. Let’s watch and see what happens….

Um, so yeah, they made a mug for that last line there, and I want it.
So friends, have you read A Tale of Two Cities? Did you have to read it in high school? Tell me your thoughts. I wanna know.

4 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

  1. As a teenager, I had a three-book set of Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Carol. The only one I made it through was A Christmas Carol. Pitiful, I know. But your review inspires me to try again.

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