Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens. A dramatic story, set against the volcanic fury of the French Revolution and pervaded by the ominous rumble of the death carts trundling toward the guillotine, this is the heart-stirring tale of a heroic soul in an age gone mad. A masterful pageant of idealism, love and adventure--in a Paris bursting with revolutionary frenzy, and a London alive with anxious anticipation. High school recommended. First published as an Oxford World's Classics paperback in 1988. 5 x 7.75 inches. Soft cover. 406 pp.
Course: English 10
Assignment: Open-book test
When you think of “A Tale of Two Cities,” what crosses your mind? I’m no expert, but I’d guess that “Noooo, another test!”, “Dickens?!?! How BORING!”, and “Eww, a classic!” are amongst the thoughts for some. I’m here to say that this book is a class of its own and this book is AWESOME! “A Tale of Two Cities” is one of the most original books I’ve ever read, accompanied with one of the most twisted plots in the history of books. Although Dickens’ style of writing sometimes makes the book difficult to get into, you won’t be sorry once you do get into it! This page turner is based shortly before and during the French Revolution. The “two cities” are London, England, and Paris, France. The story is mainly about the Manette family and their associates. “A Tale of Two Cities” is divided into three books (which is really just the one book with 3 different time frames that Dickens wrote about) Dr. Manette, unjustly placed in prison in France for eighteen years, is finally free in book one. Book two begins five years later when Dr. Manette is safely in London, living happily with his daughter, Lucie. However, strangers, friends, and foes make life ‘interesting’ for the two, as the book continues to describe their lives over the next few years. That’s as far as I am going to go, for I’d hate to ruin it for you. Be sure to read this book next opportunity you have, because it includes everything from romance to action to deception. It offers history lessons and life lessons, character analysis of some of the most interesting people, and one of the most beautiful examples of love!
For those taking the Seton English 10 course: If you are having a difficult time reading the book, then I suggest finding a child’s version of the book, and reading that first. It will give you an idea of the basic concepts throughout the book, and yet still allow you to enjoy some of the fine details that only Dickens can place in words!
~SHU NEWS SEPTEMBER 2007 EDITION~
~By Seton teens for Seton teens~