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One of the most fascinating and emotionally charged books I have ever read,
This review is from: A Tale of Two Cities (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)
As is probably true of most people, I am familiar with Dickens' work and have seen countless of his books dramatised on TV and in films. However, to my shame I have only ever read one of his books and this is the one.
I originally picked this up as a beautifully bound small hardback at a second hand bookshop and read it from cover to cover straight away.
It is one of the most fascinating and emotionally charged books I have ever read and like others of the reviewers here it's had a long lasting impact on me. The imagery (like a time capsule) and characterisation (eg. Madame Defarge) is masterful and the story as intriguing and tense as any of the best modern writing.
The ending leaves a vacuum that I've rarely felt (and interestingly, for those of you who've seen it, I had that feeling again at the end of Season 4 of Dexter).
Read this, and weep...