How good is a tale of two cities? Is it something I need to read before I die.
I'm getting through crime and punishment, and planning on war and peace next. Should I pick up a tale of two cities as well?
The survival bits of the book were intriguing. The author's writing wasn't anything to write home about, but it served it's purpose in passing along the tale. Overall it was okay, with a somewhat satisfying ending.
Dickens in my humble opinion is one of the finest English novelists and A Tale of Two Cities is a great light read, he is not a realist but his prose is some of the finest, he's my favorite next to Milton, Melville, and Joyce. Not to be a memer but there's a reason the majority of his works are in Blooms canon and Nabokov's praise.
Not Camus in general, just authors that include 'larger' ideas in general. That's something that Dickens lacks IMO. A tale of two cities really is just historical fiction. Which can be fun if you're interested in that sort of thing. But if that's the case than I recommend 'I, Claudius', by Robert Graves.