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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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"I've come to prefer Oxford's editions of my texts because of the usefulness of the explanatory notes and above all the inclusion of vital contextual information about publishing practices (serialization dates, etc.) and historical background that are essential to my nethod of instruction."--Prof. Martha Holmes, Univ. of Colorado

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With an exclusive introduction by Peter Ackroyd, these out of print editions are brought back to life with a fresh and timeless new look.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448625025
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (1 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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What a wonderful book, I am so glad I made the effort to pick it up and try. Once you slip into the writing style and realise that you may [and may need to] savour and look back at passages pages and phrases as you proceed then you are engaged and in that world. I read it slowly, not 'whizzed through' as a lot of my novels are consumed.
How to describe ?- Evocative, descriptive and so alive, a real presentation and picture of those times people events and circumstances.
Sentimental, maudlin,verbose, a mystery-yes, moving-yes, exciting yes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second time of reading; 45 years on! 6 Jan 2013
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A Tale of Two CitiesI first read this book when I was about 15 years old and I am now nearly 60. I have attempted to re-read it several times over the years but have never managed to get into it until I received a Kindle for Christmas! I have really enjoyed reading it in this format. I think it is because the text is in smaller 'chunks' and you don't become phased by a large page of heavy prose. It is certainly a very moving, albeit tragic story, on many levels. Dickens' description can be a little too graphic, however you do get a feeling of 'being there'. I look forward to re-reading other classics that I read at school. By the way, surprise surprise, I cannot remember anything of my original reading of this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful 8 Dec 2012
By siren
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Can there be any doubt regarding Dickens' place in literary history? Truly colourful and vibrant characters brought to life in his inimitable style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful with flaws 20 Sep 2012
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All of this story is wonderful except for the sentimental description of the daughter and her father's relationship. The girl is too good to be true - fawning with her father whom she doesn't meet until she's a late teenager. They bond without a cross-word or misunderstanding. The girl appears to be based on Dicken's own romantic view of his sister-in-law. Her marriage is equally sentimental. Fortunately the rest of the book is excellent enough for that section of the book to be forgiven.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a book of two halves, Gary 12 July 2012
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I thought I'd read this years ago, but when we started rehearsing a stage adaptation I thought I'd refresh my memory. I don't think I'd actually ever read it.

It's excellent Dickens, well-observed, strong characters, often incredibly funny, everything you'd expect. The problem is that it should really have been A Tale of One City - Paris. The London scenes slow things up somewhat, and it's a great relief when the heads finally start rolling.

I'm glad I finally read it, wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, but with the best will in the world, that first half does drag somewhat. Not a single detail is unnecessary of course, it's all masterfully written, much of it essential to the later plot, and to compare and contrast 18th Century England with pre-Revolutionary France, with the similar levels of social inequality and arbitrary justice, must have given Victorian Britain a real 'there but by the grace of God go we' shiver. But still, it can be hard going.

The stage adaptation went pretty well, as you ask, but more to the point a certain scene towards the end of the novel has started me thinking in terms of a sequel of sorts. No, really.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 7 April 2012
By Sue H
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I normally read far more modern books, particularly crime thrillers. Occasionally I enjoy a complete change and read a "classic". No wonder they tried to make us read Dickens at school! This book has it all - heroes and villains, mob violence, riots, romance, twists in the plot, love, hate.... It took a little time to get used to the old fashioned terminology but then I was hooked. Thank you to my English teachers for suggesting that I read A Tale of Two cities while in my teens. I'm sorry it took me another thirty years to get around to it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tale of Two Cities 20 Mar 2012
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I'm ashamed to say it's the first Dickens' novel I've ever read (and I'm 65!) For some reason never had to read Dickens at school. Tale of Two Cities was a book club choice - I had a paperback version and my Kindle. I found it far easier to read on the Kindle, because you can change the size of the font. The print was very dense in the paperback version. I did find it quite heavy going, but persevered and really enjoyed it. Dickens uses the most wonderful language and the characters are so well described. I found this book really interesting politically, as it has similarities to what is going on in the present day with the Bankers, the riots of last summer, and of course the revolutions in the middle east. Plus ca change!
Since reading Tale of Two Cities,I have acquired David Copperfield and aim to read more Dickens in future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for it ! 20 April 2014
By Taogan
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This is one of Dickens' most accessible novels. An exciting adventure story with varied believable characters. There is pathos and tragedy alongside comedy, a deeply flawed hero and Dickens' trademark beautiful heroine. Read it through once and you won't forget it. No wonder it has been dramatised for cinema, television and radio so many times ! Some of Dickens novels can be seen as a heavy read, but this one will get you if you give it a chance and, at this price, what can you lose ?
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Interesting to aquaint oneself with this moment in history,from Dickens point of view and how he determines the fate of the main characters
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I read this book on my Kindle and it gives me so many memories of the first time I read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a tale of two cities
In my opinion the best Dickens book conveying the tension of revolution on the doorstep as applicable in today's world as then
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of literature.
Extremely well written, with strong characterization. A must for students of English. The word count could be reduced a little.
Published 9 days ago by Dr. Alan Briggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
A classic about the lifes of people in two cities, , byerocracy had a lot to play in the way people existed in these days, and certainly ruled the roost over lower classes
Published 12 days ago by Stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Not yet read
Sorry' had a brief look at book but not had time to read it fully yet. Have several books on go at moment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
I've set myself the challenge of reading a, so called, classic story a year and this year was A Tale of Two Cities. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Maxine Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Dickens - what can you say
Written in an old English format I am pleased to say it hasn't been updated to your modern slang. It treats young ladies as innocents. Read more
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was for the wife, she enjoyed it , will buy from these again, packing good, condition was great. thank you.
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