A Tale of Two Cities: A Story of the French Revolution (Global Classics) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01FND2RCC
- Publisher : GENERAL PRESS; 1st edition (May 4, 2016)
- Publication date : May 4, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 5191 KB
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- Print length : 209 pages
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I really struggled to rate this... So call it 2.5 - 3 stars.
I also really struggled with the first part of the book. Almost gave up once or twice. But I am stubborn.
It was a weird reading experience: at times I'd re-read the same sentence/paragraph over and over and still not be able to make any sense of it. At other times the pages would fly by easily and I quite enjoyed it. I do think the lack of context made some difference (context both of common phrases of the time and also the cities). Reading it on my Kindle did help somewhat because I could look up some of the words.
I have read the story before (a children's version) so knew how it ended. I can't decide whether that made a (positive) difference or not. Would I have enjoyed the parts I did enjoy as much if I didn't know where the story was going? I'm not sure.
I have some more (unread) Charles Dickens on my Kindle. Will probably give him another try before I make a decision whether to continue reading his books or not.
Here's a couple passages from the essays included in the book: (1) "Most admirers of Dickens remember him for his inimitable characters, like the painfully innocent Oliver Twist, the oily Uriah Heep, or that 'covetous old sinner' Ebenezer Scrooge, while perhaps not realizing that Dickens creates these characters with his persistent and varied use of repetition." (2) "If A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens' best novels, it is also his least typical. It is a novel wherein he allows almost no play to his madcap genius. In a sense it stands at the antipodes from the book that launched his career, The Pickwick Papers."
As you can see, this is an excellent critical edition of the text -- as the back cover material states, the Ignatius Critical Editions series offers modern examinations grounded in "the same heritage that provided the crucible in which the great authors formed these classic works." Apparently the troll reviews are taking offense to the idea that Christians should be allowed to think and write. If you are at least willing to hear them out, this is a good book to choose and you will be satisfied with the additional material.
The only other book by Charles Dickens I've read was Great Expectations, which I wasn't much impressed with either. I thought this might be because I read that book in High School, but now I realize it's just Dickens' style that seems to lack a certain something to draw me in. At first glance, A Tale of Two Cities seems to have everything I would enjoy. Set in a historical point in time (I love history), written in descriptive and colorful prose (of which I thoroughly enjoy), I thought for sure I'd enjoy this read about 5% in. And yet, that's just not what happened.
Maybe it was lack of characterization, developing the wants and needs of characters beyond a superficial description of their looks and actions. Perhaps it was the lack of clear stakes, or maybe the purple prose was just a bit too much for me this time around or focused on things I just couldn't get interested in. Perhaps this was just the wrong book at the wrong time for me, and five years later or earlier, I would have loved it. I don't really know.
All I do know is that I hit the 25% mark and just couldn't care less what happens next, so I'm putting it down and moving on. I'd still recommend others give it a shot though. You might just love it.
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If you haven't come across this novel before, it's the one that famously begins: 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'. Yes, there's your small fact for a pub quiz. Set in the time of eighteenth century London and France, there is a lot of history as Dickens describes the bloodied and violent streets of Paris. With the guillotine ominously hanging over society, (pun definitely intended!), many innocent civilians are somewhat slaughtered as the spies close in. There's a fair bit of fighting in this novel, a lot of chat and even more description. Lacking the humour of say, Austin, Dickens grimly portrays a social mess that I found confusing and difficult to properly appreciate. In honesty, it was the final part of the novel that I enjoyed the most and one where I really understood what was going on!
There are plenty of classic novels out there and a range of Dickens to encounter. I won't read this again; I am glad I did but would try a different one to see if I enjoyed it more.
ASIN: B002RI9IOM is edited and has an intro by Richard Maxwell. This Penguin edition also includes: Acknowledgements; Introduction; A Dickens Chronology; A Timeline; Further Reading; A Note on the Text; Appendix I On the Illustrations; Appendix II Dedication and Preface to First Volume Edition; Appendix III Dickens and His Sources; Appendix IV Running Titles Added in 1867– 8; and Notes.
I enjoyed reading this on kindle, a click took me to footnotes, the search facility came in handy and I could enlarge the wonderful illustrations by Phiz.
I believe this makes them great for carrying in the pocket - so you can still have a book to read, even when traveling light.
My only two complaints are: The dust covers always arrive a little creased, or damaged - as Amazon do not keep their books in any protective plastic wrapping; and, the pages in the Macmillan Collector's Library books are very thin, in my opinion.
These provide very interesting explanations of the historical, literary, contemporary, etc. contexts of words, references, events, etc. and do allow the reader to understand the book better.
For the casual reader, however, such numbering is distracting and turns what could be a light, interesting read into a weighty, scholarly reference book for Dickens "experts". It's just too much.
The description of the book should indicate the presence of all these notes. The "Look Inside" option on Amazon did not work so there was no way for me to be aware of them before buying it.