A Tale of Two Cities

April 16, 2007 Categories: Books , Reviews | 9 Comments  

It took this book a while to draw me in. I was surprised, as I enjoyed Great Expectations from page one. But Michelle and my mom both kept telling me, “Just wait, you won’t be able to put it down.” And they were right. (Of course.)

A little after the middle, I was hooked. The beginning spent a lot of pages setting the political stage, and though I found it interesting, it wasn’t engrossing. But as soon as the various characters’ storylines started converging, I saw the big picture. I had a pretty good idea of how it would end, since the last line is one of the most famous last lines ever. Knowing what would happen did not keep me from sobbing through the last three chapters. Both my husband and daughter asked me what was wrong. “My book is sad,” was all I could say.

What a beautiful story of redemption and unconditional love, of choosing to make something better of your life. I’m so glad I read it!


  1. M Light

    I found Oliver Twist much too depressing, and I’ve never cared for A Christmas Carol so (years ago) when a college history professor assigned A Tale of Two Cities, I wasn’t looking forward to reading it.

    I started after lunch one day, and I read all the way until dinnertime (“Oh look. The sun went down!”) and every spare moment I had until I finished. It’s still one of my favorite books.

  2. M Light

    How’d that smiley show up in there?

  3. carrie

    M Light- the blog automatically formats smileys if it detects the correct keystrokes. The wink is semicolon, end parentheses. As for A Tale -I am so, so glad I didn’t give up!

  4. Birdie

    The same book has been mocking me from my “to read” stack for about a week. I have too much morning sickness going on right now to concentrate on it, though!

  5. carrie

    Birdie – I could only read fluff when I had morning sickness, so I know what you mean!

  6. heidijane

    I remember reading A Tale a little while ago, and being hooked very early on, so I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  7. carrie

    Heidijane – thanks for stopping by!

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