I know this is kind of late, but I think the book is getting more and more interesting as it goes on. At the beginning, the book was very confusing and I would not have understood it properly if I was just reading it on my own, but now the book is less complicated and actually really interesting. My knowledge of the French Revolution definitely makes the book even more interesting as I actually understand the foreshadowing and hints Charles Dickens makes because I know about what happened in France around that time.The book is getting better as I read more, and I am interested in what is going to happen to the characters later on in the book. :)
Hello :) I realize this is a little late but so far this book is surprisingly extremely interesting. At the beginning, when we were reading it during class I found it to be very complicating and confusing because it was the introduction to all the characters and settings. Although when we read it in class and broke down more of what is going on it became easier to understand. As the novel goes on it becomes easier to read because I now have knowledge of the majority of the characters, the settings and most importantly the French Revolution. This book is extremely interesting and entertaining and I am looking forward to the final conclusion on the novel :)
Hey there! Hope you had a wonderful holiday. I may have forgotten about the blog until a certain Mike Milito sent me an emergency text reminding me about the blog. With that aside here is what i think of the novel till the end of the second book. At first i thought the book started out very slow, and there were a lot of things unanswered that would have liked to have understood. The way Charles Dickens describes a scene paints a mental picture in your head and makes you feel like you are there. Meeting all the new characters gives you an image of someone from your life that you could relate to. Charles writing style is very complex for my understanding and I often find myself re-reading paragraphs to make sure I understand what is happening. The novel got much more exciting in the second book.I am rather enjoying the book so far and I am looking forward to finishing it.
It is seven o'clock on the last day of the break and I do realize that it is very late but I completly forgot about the blog today. This response was supposed to be done long time ago at the beggining of the book, so I will respond on my thoughts about the start of the book. As you know, I thought that start of the book was excessive as it seemed as if he was trying to make everything seem more poetic when most pictures he paints are simple. However, the book started to pick up intrest slightly and I enjoyed how in the first book tied pretty much everything into the reoccuring theme, being "recalled to life". From an actual person being recalled to life to a simple candle on a carraige, I thought it was all clever and proves that Dickens was one of the greatest writers ever. Even though I find the book next to impossible to understand without a sentance for sentance explaination, I think I am starting to understand the novel better as we go for the writing itself is getting much more simple. If we did not got a taste of what the French Revolution was like before reading, I would not understand at all, opposed to not understanding a little bit.
When I first began reading this book on my own I found it extremely difficult. I was highly dependent on my Cole's Notes and others' posts, and because of my lack of understanding I found the beginning of the second book boring. Now that I'm finished with the book I think that if I were to read this Novel again I may enjoy it a little. I definitely enjoyed the third book and the end half of the second book as the events of the french revolution escalated. My favourite parts were the fight between Ms.Pross and Mme. Defarge (good and evil) and the very end of the book.
Having already known something about the French revolution helped, if I did not have the back ground knowledge I would not have enjoyed the book to its full potential. Knowing the period you can appreciate how the characters react to certain situations. This book takes place during the era of ‘enlightment” which was a catalyst to the French Revolution.
Hi! I know this is much too late but I thought I'd let you know how I found the book. The beginning was slow, but as you progressed more especially when Lucie and Charles got married, the book went by really fast. Having background information on the French Revolution really helped and reading in class was the only thing that pulled me through reading the first part of the book. I thought all the metaphors and opposites were really interesting to analyze. I have to agree that Sydney Carton completely redeemed himself in the end. My favourite theme in the book was love conquers all evil which was shown in the fight between Miss Pross and Mme. Defrage and Mr. Carton's sacrafice, although you are not aware of this theme until the end. I will definitly be reading this book again!
Hey hey! "God love you if you aren't writing this down" as Carmelo and Sam Dean would say!