Sunday, 13 February 2011

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Penguin Readers Level B2 (2700 headwords)

by Laura Parra, 2º Bachillerato EFL

This story takes place between two different cities, Paris and London. Dr Manette, one of the main characters, is thought to be dead, but in fact he has been a prisoner in the terrible Bastille for many years. Because of that he has gone mad and Monsieur Defarge, who at one time had been his servant, takes care of him when he is released. Her daughter finds him with Lorry’s help. Lorry is the man who was put on charge of her education when her parents were thought to be dead.

In my opinion this novel shows clearly how the people were treated at the time of the French Revolution. They were accused of being spies or being traitors, if they spoke more than what they were allowed to. I have enjoyed the novel because the story is very entertaining and interesting, that is why I have read it voraciously. I would recommend it to everyone who is learning English because it's easy to read and makes you think about the way of life of that time, and realize how different everything was.

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