CamySo... I think the book is good. It's a lot easier to understand when Mrs. O'Shaughnessy explains it! SarahI like it. At the beginning it was so detailed it was kind of slow. But now it's getting more interesting. At first I had a harder time understanding it than Shakespeare!!!! But now it's easier...ish! :-)
I'm starting to get into the book more than when we started. It was a little confusing at first, but it has gotten much more interesting. I don't know how well ill be able to understand it when we have to read it on our own though!
I didn't realy get the book at first. If I was reading the book solo, I'd probably stop reading the book after the first couple pages. But since Ms.O explained it I kind of understand it now. Also, since the authour introduced some of the main characters it is more interesting.
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After learning about the French Revolution beforehand, I find it much easier to understand at least just a little bit. It starts off pretty slow to be honest but starts picking up when Jarvis Lorry starts talking about "Recalling to Life". I find Jarvis Lorry like-able for his "spineless" personality, even when he was explaining to Miss Manette that her Father may still be alive, he thinks she is gonna murder him or something. Or that time when he "gets told" by that "wild looking woman", he just simply takes the verbal beating by her :D. Also, I find Charles Dicken's way of writing a bit too complicated, at times, it is harder to understand what he is trying to say more so than that of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
I did find that the book started slow, but it's really getting interesting. Sometimes the wording is alittle complicated and hard to follow, but overall it's pretty good.
I would agree that the wording of the book, particularly near the beginning, is rather difficult to penetrate. Dickens uses a very different vocabulary, and very detailed descriptions, leading to entire pages describing something like the time period, when all that would be required is, "When this book happened, life was a lot like it is now." Other than that complaint, I do find the book enjoyable, and given that I am already aware of how the plot unfolds, I have more insight into the hidden clues in the story. I like that we've been learning quite a bit about the period, and the sort of tensions present at the time, it helps when trying to picture the setting and imagining what life would have been like for these people.Reading the book together and having the events explained in-depth definitely helps my understanding of what's going on, especially due to the aforementioned "language barrier."
I agree that learning about the French Revolution before hand is really helping me with the book. Also Ms. O's explanations every sentence and the Coles Notes I bought are honestly my best friends. I think I would be lost without them and probably still trying to figure our the first page. Once I read it again it started to make so much more sense and got really intense. Now I'm excited to read some more and see how it unravels.
I definitely agree that doing the French Revolution project beforehand has helped me understand what is going on in the book. Without the project, I would not even know what a Jacobin was. The book started out really boring and uneventful but as we are moving through it, it seems to be improving.As for the language of the book, it is really complicated. If Ms. O wasn’t explain stuff as we go, I would have given up by now. I am finding it easier to understand now after re-reading the parts from class, and reading summaries online. If I didn’t have my notes of Ms. O’s explanations from class, I would be completely LOST! It is definitely helping and I am looking forward to reading further.
At some points when the book refers to things out of our time frame and our unhderstanding the book is very hard to understand and quite frustrating. At other points like whenh the wine scene was described i could picture it very cleary as if it were happening in a movie. The problem with this book however is that i could read it by myself and understand one thing and then have Ms.O explain it and it take a difeeerent or more likely much deeper meaning. Its really worrying because im afraid that when i read by myself i will most definately miss something that is important.
Well i have to admit, i had doubts about this book at the begining of the unit. The plot seemed extremely slow and there seemed to be 500 extra words for every one needed. The French Revolution project helped a great deal and i started to get a better idea about where the story was going and all that was going on. Ms.O'Shaugnessy's explanations have helped A LOT(two words). They have helped me to understand most of the metaphors and symbols that Charles Dicken's uses in his writing. Things are looking up and the book keeps getting better.
This book is a lot better than MacBeth and The Power of One for sure. Although it is relatively complicated to follow, it has a deeper plot, and could potentially be a good book, who knows?... Go Boys!!
The book started out very slow for me, but the French Revolution Seminar project has helped a great deal. If we had not learned the background information about the french revolution, and about how the two countries(France and England) were at the time it would have been a lot harder to get the idea of the novel. Like you have pointed out the starting is very wordy and pretty hard to understand but with your help, it has been much easier to get into the book and understand what has been going on. I, like many other of my classmates had doubts about how this book was going to be but after finishing the first book of the novel I am starting to really enjoy it and it is becoming more and more interesting. The trial of Charles Denay, depicts the justice system in England at the time (1780) and how corrupt it was. At this moment in the novel, Lucie Manette is my favourite character because of what she represents. Lucie represents hope and everytime she comes into the chapters you can tell that only something good can come of her presence. Overall, I think pretty good so far and much better then the novel and play that we have already read. I still have a good chunk of the book to read and am looking foward to it.
At first the book was confusing and I found it a hard read. Honestly, without Ms. O's help I probably would have been so confused as to what was going on in the book. I did go out and buy the Coles Notes, and they have been helping as well. I can't wait to get deeper into the plot; action definitely keeps me interested. I'm excited to see where the book goes and I am hoping that I will be able to finish the book during Christmas Break. Happy Holidays!
The book has been going pretty good so far. The book started off pretty slow and wordy and I thought it was going to be another Power of One or any other book I have read in English class in the past but has actually started to get pretty interesting. The projects we did definatley help with the little details of the Revolution like when the men in the wine shop were all refering to eachother as Jacques and they were refering to Jacobins. Also Coles notes have helped me understand some of the themes and stuff that I had not picked up on when I first read through it. The book is getting pretty enjoyable now that the trial of Charles Darnay has begun. I hope the story continues to be as good as it has been so far.Happy Holidays
At first, I found the book to be a little bit confusing. I think I would have had a lot of trouble reading it if we did not read together as a class with Ms.O. I also found that learning about the French Revolution before hand was very helpful.I find that Tale of Two Cities containes many metaphorical explanations and I would have been lost when reading if we did not explain them in class before the holidays; for example, the metaphor of light and darkness representing hope and despair. The reading we did in class was very beneficial. The book seemed a bit boring at first, but as I read on, I am enjoying it more.I think that the book became more enjoyable after I began to understand the main concepts of the book and what was going on. It becomes more interresting as the plot unravels.
I found that the presentations that we did helped alot to better understand what was going on at the time of the revolution and helped understand what was going on in the book much better.The book at the beginning started of slow and was a little hard to understand, but as the book went on it got easier to understand what was going on and became much easier to read. Over all so far the book has been pretty good and ia m looking forward to reading some more.
At the beginning, the book seemed a very boring and confusing. However, after Mrs. O explained it. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I LOVE the book and what happens later on! The presentations were an amazing help, I can now understand the little comments the characters say about the revolution and the estates at the time. I am excited to see how it ends.
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I agree with many people. I am glad we had the opportunity to do the project. The various presentations helped me sink in some of the points and the background information on the time period. It really aided me in understanding the entire subject of the French Revolution and that period of time. I read this book a while ago and only remembered the character of Mme. Defarges and her knitting. I think it was because her character is so mysterious and creative. It was too difficult for me understand so, I'm happy that Mrs. O'Shaughnessy reads it out loud and explains each line while accompanying the class. As many others have written, the book began a little mellow but really caught up after the first few chapters. It is actually getting difficult for me to put it down. I am looking forward to the conclusion of the story.
As I'm reading more and more, I'm starting to kind of understand it. I've been using Sparks notes after each chapter just in case I miss some things or I don't understand one part of it. Reading about the main characters and having Ms. O explain them when they were introduced helped a lot now that they have more meaning in the story.
I am probably one of the last to write their first comment, but anyways. So the beggining the book was not too interesting, more boring and confusing. I was more just terrified that Ms. O was going to ask me a question while we were reading and I wasn't going to know the answer. So i was more just focusing and listening the reading so i would know the answer. The book got more interesting the third time we read it as a class. Then I was listening to the book because I was interested in the story not just terrified to be asked a question. I found it really interesting when the daughter met her father and it described his reaction. The hope and despair is reall evident now. Unfortunately in this book you can really tell he is being payed by the word, considering he puts like fifteen words in a sentence and uses the same words usually in the same sentence. That is the only thing about the book or author that i do not enjoy. Again like alot of people said the projects on the french revolution really helped grasp the concept, events, setting and mood of the story. I interested for when the French Revolution is actually happening in the book. Starting to read the book alone is alot more of a challenge. As long as I have the internet and coles notes I think I will be okay. It is alot different not having Ms. O there to define every new word and describe the situation. Hopefully, if everyone on the blog talks about their interpretation of what is going on it will help everyone else. I am excited to get to the end of the book and understand what is going on. Merry Christmas Everyone!
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I think that the detail in the early part of the book made my impression of the characters seem more interesting and understandable. The amount of detail shows a very clear difference between the characters that are representing hope and the characters that are representing the despair and negative influence of pre-revolutionary France.Thanks to the French Revolution project I am finding it easier to understand everything that is being referred to in the story. I understand the allusion and foreshadowing that I have recognized up to this point. If we had not done the French Revolution project, then I would probably be very confused by the story. I am hoping that the story starts to flow more because a few parts are a little confusing if they are passed over too quickly witout being re-read.
I'm starting to understand the book much better now that the plot has developed and it's not as wordy as it was the first part. Ms O's explanations helped a lot and it was easier to understand what was going on. A part I like about the book is you can really picture the setting where the scene is taking place because Charles Dickens explains it so well. You can also see the major contrast between hope and despair throughout the book.I also agree that the presentations definitely helped me understand the book better because I learned all about the French revolution, and it helps a lot with all of the allusions. The book is starting to get more interesting and I'm looking forward to read more.
I am so pleased that we were able to do the project before we began readng the book, otherwise i would be completly lost. I would also be lost if everything was not beign explained by Mrs.O! While doing the project, I became more and more interested in the French Revolution, and intrigued to learn more. This made me want to read the book bacause I was more curious to wided my knowledge on the subject. So far, I love making the references between light and dark, and what they represent. Hope and despair are evident through the characters and through negative details of France before the revolution.I am lucky that I have the Coles Notes to help me during the holidays. The bolg will definitely be helpful as well. Enjoy your reading and Merry Christmas!
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this book has been very interesting so far. at first, i found it very confusing and hard to read. i found that sparx notes really helped me to get through it. now, later on in the book it is not as confusing.without the in depth analysis we did in class i would not have found the book nearly as interesting.the presentations i thought were a good idea. it gave everyone a background knowledge before reading the book. it definately made the book more interesting for me knowing how the times were, the governement, etc...
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Tale of Two Cities has been a very confusing novel. Some parts I have to read over and over to understand the underlying theme. Sometimes its comedy, mocking the legal system of the time, and sometimes its just understanding the characters and their personalities that relate metaphorically to hope for the coming storm, or to despair for the past depravities. All together, the book can be very boring, but when you understand what you're reading it makes it much easier to do so while also making the novel itself more interesting.
My opinions on the novel are all very similar to everyone else. The beginning of the book was very wordy and I found it very difficult to follow. Without Ms. O's help I would have been lost on the first page. Although it was hard to understand, the length and extent of the descriptions help in developing the characters and the mood, especially with the light and dark references.The projects we did on the French Revolution help me to understand the setting and what is happening between the countries, France and England, at the time. Each presentation gave more information about the French Revolution and were all beneficial in my understanding of the book.Reading the book on my own is difficult for me and I am having trouble understanding what is happening because of the wording Charles Dickens uses. I am doing my best to use Coles notes and SparksNotes to help me to understand and enjoy the book, but I have not been able to get into the book because it is not the genre of book I usually read and because I constantly need to keep checking Coles notes and SparsNotes to clarify what I am reading.All in all, the book is not bad and though it is not my preference, it is getting more interesting as it goes on. I am looking forward to reading more and learning the outcome of the novel.
As most people have already mentioned, I think the book is quite interesting and the seminar projects that we did the last few weeks of school definitely helped by giving us the knowledge of what happened in France at the time so we can connect it with what is happening in the book. I would not normally choose this book just to read for fun, but I've actually really enjoyed it so far and am interested in what's going to happen next!
I'm not going to lie, in the beginning, I thought the book was quite boring and confusing. Now that I have read more of it and Ms. o explained it as we read through some of it, I understand it more and it is interesting. The presentations about the French Revolution helped a lot and explained a lot of the terms and they helped to describe the era that the Revolution was in. The book is quite interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!
I thought this book was overall hard to read. The story was boring in the beginning but got more interesting and exciting as book 2 starts. I love the love story involved in this book and was really touched when Sydney decides to die for Lucy. What I thought was really stupid was when Darnay decides to leave his family and go save Gabelle.This was because Darnay should have already known that it was very dangerous in Paris, he even suggested that nobody should go there! By looking at the situation, he should already have known that there was no way that he could have saved Gabelle from being killed. He also had a family to care for, how could have he left his family for a servant, someone that he is not even related to? He lead to his own death, and so therefore I do not think that he should have deserved to be alive again and have a innocent Sydney die for him. I am so mad for this but overall I like the book! For some reason I found it difficult to read but I think the best book that I have read compared to the other two novels that I have read during this semester.
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A Tale of Two Cities was slow at the beginning and difficult to follow as most people have commented, but I think it needs the time to set the scenes and to start the plot. The French revolution was an interesting time and full of extraordinary events. I hope the book captures that same essence of the period. The French revolution was filled with enlightenment and controversy. Also, I’m excited to read about the major theme of being “recalled to life” which is introduced at the beginning of the book and seems to continue through most of the book linking the plot and foreshadowing coming events. My favourite part is the foreshadowing to assume what is coming next and then to either be correct or mislead, it always adds interest and depth to the book.Overall the book is interesting; it is a story full of detail, which is why the wordy text is sometimes difficult to fully understand until rereading it and placing it in the context that Charles Dickens intended it to be presented to the reader.The beginning also has an ironic meaning as it was supposed to reflect on the French revolution, and Charles Dickens says much like the “present period” of his time however, it still reflects upon our present period.
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