The novel A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is a, and I am being generous, very mediocre book. If you love reading great English literature filled with complicated symbols, confusing metaphors, and a somewhat hidden plot, then this is the book for you. I had to read the book for school, so my opinion of the book is already tampered with. When you are forced to read something within a certain time period and get very distinct information out of it, there is almost no plausible way that you can enjoy it as much as you would had you been reading it for pleasure. And let me tell you, I would definitely not recommend picking it up at your local book store and reading it on your own time for enjoyment. It is, on the other hand, a very well written book filled with delicate description and a deeply thought out plot. If you are into looking deep into a book to search out its true meaning, then you will enjoy Dickens's use of imagery and description through metaphors and personification. The book is quite humorous if your I.Q. test states that you are a genius. It is hard to understand, but once you get the hang of it, it can be absolutely hilarious.


 

Had Charles Dickens not been paid by the word to write this, what seems like prolonged and everlasting book, one might be able to get more insight out of less words instead of being drawn away from the story because of the length and longevity of a single paragraph. You might say I was being like Dickens now, trying to prolong the review using as many words as possible just to make some extra cash. One difference, I am not getting paid, I just get a lousy grade for staying up late and bruising the tips of my fingers on the keyboard while using every last ounce of thought left in my brain to finish it and do a good job. Well, enough of that, back to A Tale of Two Cities. The book will teach you a lot about the French Revolution and the condition of what was going on during the time period. Dickens goes into vivid detail about the slaughtering and revolt that took place during the French Revolution. The theme of "what goes around comes around" is present in the novel and takes place in the plot. In conclusion, the book is, as I said before, mediocre. The book can be quite amusing if you understand and relish in the humor that Dickens uses. I did not like the book, but I know many people who did.