Everyone said Dickens is great, and many people told me that A Tale of Two Cities is one of their favorite books. So I read it. When I was done, I felt just like the Liberté person in the last two panels of this review from 3-Panel Book Reviews.
Actually, I wasn’t quite that well-off. I still had my head and remembered what I’d read.
What didn’t I like about ATOTC?
- The prose is turgid and purple.
- There are no three dimensional characters; there aren’t even any two dimensional characters; every single person in it has a character as flat as a pancake.
- And it’s not that I think there’s no place for pedantic writing, but this one runs you over and leaves you ground in the cobblestones (just like the nobleman’s carriage does to the peasant in one of the opening scenes).
So are there any saving graces to Dickens’ novel? You tell me, please. Comments pro and con are quite welcome.