Classic Literature, Fiction

Book Review: “A Tale of Two Cities”

Rating: 7.9 out of 10.0

Author: Charles Dickens

Genre: Historical Fiction [Classic Literature]

About: Charles Dickens published A Tale of Two Cities in 1859 when he was forty-seven years old. It was originally published one chapter a week in Dickens’ newspaper All the Year Round. The novel was at first received with mixed reviews, but nevertheless people enjoyed the characters in the story and the fast-paced action.

Likes: This book jumped from scene to scene without a moment to breathe. It was a can’t-put-down book for sure. The characters in it are so vibrant and unique that the reader truly gets to know them. In fact, the reader becomes attached to the characters and worried at the slightest hint of danger. Dickens sucks the reader in with his fast-moving plot and lovable characters.

Dislikes: Because this book was fast moving, it was also sometimes hard to understand which character was speaking or doing the described action. With over fifteen main characters, the reader can often lose track. Also, the themes in this book are very dark (it is set in the French Revolution), and definitely not recommended for younger readers. Although evil is presented as evil in this novel, the evil is so oppressive that the reader literally feels the weight of the dark sins of the characters.

Summary: Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton may look the same but their personalities are very different. One day, in the midst of the French Revolution, Charles flees to London to escape the trouble in France. But when he learns that his servant is facing death, he returns to Paris to save him. Charles’ own life is endangered on the way and he is captured. Sydney may be able to help him, but will their strong resemblance be enough to save Charles’ life?

Book Length: 306 pages (Xist Classics)

Favorite Character: Lucie Manette

Suggested age: 14+


2 thoughts on “Book Review: “A Tale of Two Cities””

  1. I re-read this one over winter break and loved it. Thanks for sharing the wonderful review! If you’re ever interested in some other great book reviews and musings, be sure to follow! Thanks!


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