A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two CitiesA Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After approximately 1000 words, I was almost to the point where enough is enough. The dialogue is stilted; the characters, like the actors in a high school play, seem overly mannered. However, read on and the world takes shape, events become important and the high-school players turn in to real people, living real lives, in troubled times.

Unlike most modern novels which attempt to live by the rule that you must grab the reader in the first page or two “A Tale of Two Cities” requires a small act of faith by the reader. It’s a very small investment in stage-setting that pays out big in the end. I knew there had to be a reason its considered a classic.

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