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A Literary Masterpiece,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Tale of Two Cities (Taschenbuch)
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.