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Kürzer, humorloser und düsterer als die meisten anderen von Dickens Romanen, „A Tale of Two Cities“ gehört zu den besseren Werken des englischen Autors. Während der französischen Revolution in Paris und London spielend, dreht sich der Plot um vier Charaktere: Alexander Manette, Lucie Manette, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton...
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Dickens „A Tale of Two Cities“ ist eines der am meisten verkauften Bücher überhaupt. Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts erschienen, erfreut es sich auch heute offensichtlich noch großer Beliebtheit. Gerade die Zeilen am Beginn des Romans und die letzten Gedanken von Sidney Carton am Ende gehören wohl zu den bekanntesten Zeilen in der englischen...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Kurz, duester und gut..., 14. Dezember 2005
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Kürzer, humorloser und düsterer als die meisten anderen von Dickens Romanen, „A Tale of Two Cities“ gehört zu den besseren Werken des englischen Autors. Während der französischen Revolution in Paris und London spielend, dreht sich der Plot um vier Charaktere: Alexander Manette, Lucie Manette, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton.
Nachdem er 18 Jahre unschuldig in der Bastille gesessen hat, kehrt Alexander Manette in seine Wahlheimat England zurück, wo er zum ersten Mal seine Tochter Lucie trifft.
Charles Darnay und Sydney Carton verlieben sich beide in Lucie. Carton ist ein genialer aber alkoholkranker und zynischer Anwalt, der Lucie zuerst als „golden-haired-doll“ (book 2, chapter 5) bezeichnet. Darney ist ein angesehener Akademiker, der zu Beginn des Romans in England wegen Spionage angeklagt und von Carton erfolgreich verteidigt wird.
Kurz nach Darnays und Lucies Heirat bricht in Frankreich die Revolution aus. Darnay, der seine wahre Identität bisher verheimlicht hat, kehrt unter Lebensgefahr nach Paris zurück um einem alten Freund das Leben zu retten. Doch auf Grund seiner wahren Identität gerät er in die Wirren der Revolution und wird zum Tod verurteilt. Nun kann ihn nur noch sein alter Rivale Carton durch einen selbstlosen Akt das Leben retten.
Der erste Satz gehört zu den beeindruckensten Anfängen der englischen Literaturgeschichte und präsentiert eines der Hauptthemen des Romans: die Gegensätzlichkeit des Lebens:
„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.”
Fazit: mehr Plot auf weniger Seiten. Wem David Copperfield, Bleak House und Little Dorrit zu lang sind, sich aber trotzdem mit den Romanen von Dickens vertraut machen möchte, sollte zu „A Tale of Two Cities“ und „Great Expectations“ greifen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My personal opinion about "A Tale of Two Cities", 23. Mai 2002
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A Tale of Two Cities was the first book from Charles Dickens I came to read and I was soon very fascinated and could not stop reading it. It is very densely written and although the language is in the beginning a bit hard to understand (at least I had to get accustomed to it..) the plot makes it all up. The story deals with love, revolution and sacrifice, in short it's a very thrilling mixture. As well London as Paris are the locations where the story takes place and I found it very interesting how Dickens combined the revolution theme with a personal fate and story. My favourite character is Sidney Carton. This man is a disappointed but as well underestimated alcoholic who is in fact the one who saves all in sacrificing himself. He goes to the guillotine to save Charles Darnay, the husband of his beloved Lucie. Dickens managed to write a very critical book that doesn't lack at all excitement and emotion. To sum it up: I enjoyed reading "A Tale of Two Cities" and although it may not be one of Dicken's main works I found it excellent and recommand it warmly!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good, Gooder, Goodest, 18. Juli 2000
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I read this book years ago and think of it as on one of the better stories of Charles Dickens. Especially now with the Bastille Day celebration just over (July 14) in France. When I talk books with other people I mention it as one of the better classics. It's sad, and funny too at times. This is the sort of book I want in a bound sewn together book instead of glued together. If you are in school and have to read a classic I say get this one. If you're sick of the junk that's out there, tired of your computer screen, tired of your endless choices on satellite tv, and want to sink into an oldie, get this one. Once you get into the lingo of the language you just zoom away. A little period music in the background couldn't hurt. "Let Them Eat Cake" was never more distinct although I don't recollect a direct quote from Marie on the matter.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Greatest "Super-Plot" ever written, 1. Mai 1999
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I noticed most of the reviews were written by high school students; thus, being a high school English teacher, I felt obliged to respond. I teach all seniors, and we read the book each year. Most of them, I will admit, do not like reading. I, on the other hand, feel there is no greater pastime. One argument I hear often is, "It's not a good book because I can't understand it." Balderdash. I simply tell them they can't understand it because it IS a good book. The plot is, as my summary says, "super-thick." But it is not Dickens' fault if the reader, whatever age, cannot pick the details. He wrote novels. And yes, they are full of exposition and detail (he did not overdo it--English teacher thinking, of course). But an intensive study of anything, especially Dickens, requires reader effort. The most unfortunate thing about A Tale of Two Cities is most people, students and adults alike, would never rush into a book store and purchase it for pleasure reading. It is, in my opinion, the greatest novel ever written. Some have said, "I believe Dickens is a good writer, but I didn't like the book." Hogwash. That statement is based on popularity. I don't care for Hitler, even though he was popular. Others have said, "Dickens is a great writer who has written a lot of good books; I just didn't like ATOTC." Again, hogwash. Those folks have no more read Dickens' "good books," which they all are not, than the next person. I do thank all of the teachers out there who have assigned the novel. I do not thank the teachers who have simply put the novel into a student's hand and said, Read!" and have offered little help. And to all the students who have given Dickens a chance, whether you liked him or no, I must extend to you a sincere, "Thank You." If you like him and the novel, great. If you don't like him and the novel, make sure you know why, and don't let it be because you don't understand it or because he uses too much detail. Actually, he could stand to add detail, but that's another essay.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Literary Masterpiece, 12. Juli 2000
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This is the best Dickens book ever. It is a masterly plot, he squeezes so much plot and characterization into this fairly short book that it is amazing. Some of his other books are a lot thicker, but this one does just as much, if not more, in much less space.
Sure, there are a LOT of details and subplots, and some of them don't have any real relevance to the story (Dickens was paid by the word after all), but if the reader must occasionally strive through subplot after subplot and have to pick out the little bits here and there that pertain to the actualy storyline, then so be it. It's worth it in the end.
Speaking of the end, this book has what is possibly the best ending ever. It is at once beautiful, poignant, and poetic. Indeed, the ending is so famous that you will almost certainly know how this book ends before you even start reading it, but the greatness of it will still hit home.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Sidney Carton forever, 19. Mai 2014
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Dickens „A Tale of Two Cities“ ist eines der am meisten verkauften Bücher überhaupt. Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts erschienen, erfreut es sich auch heute offensichtlich noch großer Beliebtheit. Gerade die Zeilen am Beginn des Romans und die letzten Gedanken von Sidney Carton am Ende gehören wohl zu den bekanntesten Zeilen in der englischen Literatur, was sich auch in der Anzahl der Highlights in der Kindle-Ausgabe zeigt. Tatsächlich aber ist der Roman zwischen diesen wohlbekannten einleitenden und abschließenden Sätzen eher Mittelmaß, um nicht zu sagen etwas enttäuschend.
Der Franzose Charles Darnay, verheiratet mit Lucie, der Tochter eines ehemaligen Bastille-Häftlings reist während der Französischen Revolution aus Pflichtgefühl von London nach Paris und gerät prompt in die Mühlen der neuen, blutrünstigen Justiz. Charles Leben scheint verwirkt, so dass der brilliante, englische Anwalt Sidney Carton sich zu einem großen Opfer entschließt. Ich kannte die Romanhandlung im Detail nicht, aber außer der Entwicklung um die Person Sidney Cartons und seine selbstlose Hingabe und Liebe zu Lucie geschieht auch nicht wirklich viel. Die Charaktere bleiben flach und seltsam eindimensional: Lucie ist immer lieb und naiv und der Marquis de Evremonde immer von Grund auf böse und Charles von Grund auf gut. Die Beschreibung der französischen Revolution ist in Buch 3 ganz gut, aber auch nicht wirklich mitreißend.
Na ja, es kann nicht schaden diesen Klassiker gelesen zu haben. Hesse sagte einmal, man muss sich erst an den Klassikern bewähren, bevor diese sich für einen selbst bewähren. In diesem Sinne ist es gut, Sidney Carton als edler Romanfigur begegnet zu sein.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Tale of Two Cities, 26. Mai 2000
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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," this is the beginning of the classic of the classic novel A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. This novel occurs during the terrible time of the French Revolutionary War, where corruption, bloodshed, and poverty runs rapid. Amongs all of this, love and family develops and struggles to go on. It breaks through sickness and inprisonment to survive and perservere. This classic novel takes place in two countries, England and France. Its starts off in England, when Jarvis Lorry, the perfect business man, meets with Lucy Manette, a beautiful young women, to tell her that her long lost father has been found. Later in the book, a men by the names of Charles Darnay and Syden Carton both fall in love for the same women, Lucy, but Darnay ends up winning. In France, the country is run rapid with corruption and poverty witch starts a bloody revolution. Darnay goes to free a former servant in this bloody mess, and in the procces, gets locked up himself. The end of the novel focuses on the Manettes and Lorry going through trial and tribulation to get Darnay out. A Tale of Two Cities is a well written novel that involves War and Rommance. The characters are very diverse. The character, Madame Defarge, is a very vengeful character that will kill anybody in her path. At one point, she knits the letters that get Darnay in trouble, "The chateau and all the race?". She is also the one that kills a surplus of people with her hatchit at the Storming of the Bastille. On the opposite end, Charles Dickens creates a character like Doctor Manette. He is a very diverse character that goes through spells that make him at one point normal, and at another point, is called "hopeless and lost creature" by the book. Charles Dickens also has a great, complexed plots. For instance, the novel explains and intertwines two characters at the same time. Also, the characters are very complete, each having there own problems. For example, Carleton is depressed about his job and the love of his life. The book is very intericate and well written, but there are couple problems with in it. The biggest problem is the setting of the two places. While the setting goes back and forth from England and France, Dickens does do a very good job at telling the reader, wether they are in England with the Manettes or in France with the Defarges. These problems are rare in the book. Most of the book is a great masterpiece of literature. It is a classic novel with everything including the kitchen sink in it. People of any age, race, or gender would defenitly enjoy reading this novel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It was the best of times reading this book, 26. Mai 2000
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Love, betrayal, drama, and suspense, the makers of a great novel, are all found in Charles Dickens', A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens not only sets a great foundation for the novel but he also builds an illustrious story with great detail. His creativity explodes in this book.
The book is set in the time before and during the French Revolution. It is about the experiences of two French families and how those experiences later collide with their future. Their experiences not only create a great fictional story but they also dipict the true horrors that occured in France at that time.
Dickens makes the plot very interesting because he incorporates fiction and historical facts and events. For example in the storming of the Bastille scene, he brings to life an actual event and adds the fiction of what the peasants found in Dr. Manette's cell and the inside look on how they may have felt. Two other examples include the scenes where the revolutionaries kill the king and queen of France and the many times they use the guillotine. They demonstrate this mixture because they're true events yet, Dickens adds fictional characters and the feelings and emotions the people might have had.
Another great touch that Dickens adds is all the detail. Although at times it is rather long it helps to make a clear picture in the mind of what is going on. One such example where he does this is when he describes fate and death. He makes two rather hard to picture objects visible in the mind as the Farmer and the Woodsman. Another example of his great use of detail is when he describes Mr. Lorry's trip down the Dover mail. His description gives the feeling of actually being there. These are just two but there are numerous of other examples.
One more thing that made this novel fascinating was how Dickens reveals bits and pieces of the plot mixed together, but then ties every piece together at the end. For example he dipicts the Marquis' cruelness first and does not explain his involvement right away. However, by the end he turns out to be a key character. He also does that with the character of Dr. Manette. He introduces the character but leaves the suspense of that character's involvement until later. The suspense keeps the interest in the novel going. Dickens details, mixture of fact with fiction, and suspense makes the novel a extremely enjoyable book. After reading this book a clear understanding is achieved of why Charles Dickens is such a renowned author. A Tale of Two Cities is a unique and fascinating story which is why it is a must for anyone's bookself.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Far, Far, Better Book Than I Have Ever Read., 26. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Tale of Two Cities (Taschenbuch)
The sharp blade of the guillotine comes crashing down. The creaky tumbrils come through the town carrying their scared prisoners. The Bastille is being stormed by angry french citizens. This is known as the French Revolution that Charles Dickens magnificantly describes in his book, "A Tale of Two Cities."
The book is very well-written. It goes into great details. The story is romantic and it contains death, which are topics two different types of people would be interested in. The characters are romantic, evil, saddening, and heroic. People all over are interested in at least one of these types of characters. It is hard not to like a book made for all different types of people.
The book goes into great detail of the French Revolution. Dickens describes "the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh" very well. He describes the "cold female" guillotine throughout the book, so you can picture it in your head. He describes how the citizens sharpen the female most of the time due to how many prisoners' she has beheaded. Dickens is very good with giving detail.
Dickens also went into great detail with his characters. Lucie Manette's golden hair, the business man, Mr.Lorry, The heroic but drunk Sydney Carton, and the shouldering through life C. J. Stryver. Those all are one of the many descriptions/tags Dickens has given his characters. When introducing his characters he goes deep into their description. Such as the case with Lucie Manette. Lucie was "a young lady of not more than 17 in a riding cloak, and still holding her straw traveling hat by its ribbon in her hand. As his eyes rested on a short, slight, pretty figure, a quantity of golden hair, a pair of blue eyes that met his own with an inquiring look, and a forehead with a singular capacity of lifting and knitting itself into an expression that was not quite one of perplexity." Obviously, Dickens knew how to describe something to the point where you can picture it in your mind.
The story Charles Dickens so beautifully and descriptively wrote, takes place during the French Revolution. The story covers the many lovers of Lucie Manette has and the one she marries. It covers how Lucie Manette is reunited with her Bastille imprisoned father, Alexander Manette. Lucie Manette's husband, Charles Darnay, hands over his title of Evremonde, the Marquis, which only his uncle knows. So, thinking that if he, Darnay, returns to France, the french citizens will think him a hero, who gave up his title to take the side of the french peasants. When Darnay goes to France, the peasants arrest him for being an Evremonde and throw him in the prison, La Force. Dr. Manette's influence gets Darnay out of prison, but again he is thrown in a prison, the Bastille. Dr. Manette's influence can not get him out this time, but Sydney Carton, who swore Lucie his love and to do anything for it, including dying for her, switches places with Darnay in the Bastille.
The story is very well-written with great descriptions. It contains both death and romance. Two different types of topics for two different types of people. It is something everyone can enjoy!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "It was the best of books, it was the worst of books.", 26. Mai 2000
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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Perhaps no first line of a book describes the book better than A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. This novel really is a mix of good and bad. It all starts with Dr. Manette, who, after being 18 years in jail, is retrived from France by his daughter Lucie and an old friend named Mr. Lorry. The Manettes live safely in England, where Lucie meets Charles Darnay, a man who herself, her father and Mr. Lorry were testifying against at his trial of treason. Lucie and Charles fall in love, devasting Carton, who loves Lucie and was Charles' lawyer, and get married unaware that Charles' family put Lucie's father in jail. One of Darnay's old servants is thrown in jail back in France, so Charles goes there, during the revolution and gets himself thrown in jail. The Defarges, wineshop owners in France who were taking care of Dr. Manette, are after Charles and his new family because of a deep dark secret that Madame Defarge holds against the family. This book holds much info, many names, dates and places, but the reader catches on quickly. The characters seem to constantly move back and forth from France to England, and the story junps back and forth from the Manettes and the Defarges. Dickens makes the transitions from person to person, and place to place easy for the reader to understand by adding tags to the characters and introducing the setting in the beginning of the chapters. One problem is the length. The book seems to drag on. The chapter entitled "Hundreds of People" repeats the same phrase or idea over and over again wearing out its initial symbolism. Granted A Tale of Two Cities could not be condensed into 20 pages, but Dickens pushes the reader's attention span and the use of details to the extreme. There is such a thing as too many details. One character that seems too "lady-like" is Lucie Manette. Her constant fainting and crying make her an unlikeable character, and Madame Defarge, the tyrant, is more likeable. Overall, A Tale of Two Cities is a masterpiece. It is a reflection of Dicken's genius and a period of time lost to us, but remembered through the pages of this novel.
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