Book Review: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens


Genre: Historical Fiction
Ages: 14 and Up

     A long time ago, there was a humble doctor in France, who was falsely imprisoned for 18 years by members of the oppressive French government. On one lucky day, the doctor is found and taken back to England, where his grown daughter revives and restores him to his former self.
     Years later, the doctor's daughter marries a Frenchman living in England, by the name of Charles Darnay. Unbeknownst to the newlyweds and the doctor, a vicious and bloodthirsty revolution is beginning in France, one that will eventually draw them all in, and require great sacrifices in the end.

     I'll admit, this book wasn't the easiest to read. The beginning was very slow and anti-climactic, and it wasn't really until the second half of the book where a plot line of some sorts started to form. Nonetheless, once the action did arrive, I personally found the book quite interesting and satisfying to read. Overall, A Tale of Two Cities was a cleverly written story revolving around the theme of sacrifice, especially in the final moments of the book. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this book is a good read for everyone, as it can be challenging to comprehend certain sections, but it truly does give readers a rewarding feeling once they do finish it. If you like historical fictions of any sort, enjoy classic English writing, or desire a challenging read, then A Tale of Two Cities is the book for you!

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