A Tale too Confusing,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Tale of Two Cities (Taschenbuch)
A Tale of Two Cities was a great tale that was too confusing. With wonderfully developed characters, colorful setting, and interesting plot, A Tale of Two Cities had all of the makings of a great book minus clarity. Perhaps Charles Dickens was just too intelligent for most of the readers to understand his complicated dialogue and hidden metaphors. A book should be understandable without a handy dictionary and Cliff Notes.
With a government that relies on the obedience of a dying class of people, France is headed for disaster. Led by the Defarge couple, the French peasants destroy all that the nobles hold sacred; their homes, their power, and their lives. Charles Darnay, a Frenchman residing in England, decides to leave his family to fight with his people, but he is considered a noble and therefore must die. When his family recieves word that Darnay will be executed, his wife, Lucie Manette, and her father, Dr. Alexandre Mannette, a former prisoner of the nobles and a heroic icon to the French, leave to free him. However, nothing can save Darnay except for his look-a-like and secret admirer of Lucie's, Syndney Carton. Carton will now take action for the first time of his life.
This was truly an inspiring story of love, freedom, and war but the message of the book would have been more effective without metaphors that were so subtle and dialogue that was not explained.
In the courtroom scene, when Darnay is being accused of treason, it was thought by some readers that the "great blue flies" were actually blue flies, not people.
Also, when Carton and Barsad are sizing each other up, it is difficult to tell what they are talking about because the visualization is so unclear and mixed up with the metaphors.
Although A Tale of Two Cities was thought provoking, emotional, and inspiring, a reader would need to read the book either very slowly and carefully or twice.