Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

I was trying to think of a book to get lost in and Dickens always comes to mind.  The colorful characters, descriptions and locale can be nowhere but Victorian London, unless you are reading A Tale of Two Cities. (UK edition

It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,

we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Dickens wrote many great novels.   Some of them are rather long, but not this story of “The Terror” -when being outed as an aristocrat was a death sentence.  I also find it reads very fast, starting from the famous first paragraph.

The book goes on to top the beginning, so enjoy!  

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  1. I am reading this on my Kindle now and got it free from Project Gutenberg ( It's a good edition; haven't had any problems with formatting errors.

  2. I am sure that all the Gutenberg books are on Amazon. Some are maybe on there multiple times. : )

    I look at the comments on Amazon and download the free versions looking for problems. Generally they are OK, but I have found some that were not. See my Huck Finn blog for an example, which I think was the first blog.

    Mobi, which is inexpensive publisher, is a good bet if the free version is corrupt. They have HTML indices and are free of transliteration problems.

    I have not downloaded any directly from P. Gutenberg, but I use their excerpts to copy the quotes for my blog as you cannot cut and paste from Kindle for PC!

    Thank you for reading!

  3. Ah, I just finished this awesome book. To anyone who has read it before, you'll know what I mean when I say the ending was beautiful. One of my favorites from Dickens! Just posted my own review of the book on my blog a few days ago.

  4. Thank you Tarissa and thanks for the heads up on your review. I enjoyed reading it.


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