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Book Review

A Tale of Two Cities

By Denebola
Published: November 2007
By Helen Tian
I recently read Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities,
a story of love, redemption, and vengeance, set
against the bloody background of the French
Revolution. While exploring the themes of
resurrection, salvation, love and retribution, A Tale
of Two Cities accentuates the unnecessary bloodshed
and oppression war brings forth.

This book is not only a vivid and engaging read, but
it also teaches a vital lesson about the disastrous
effects war has on both society and individuals.
The novel is especially pertinent as we observe
Veterans Day, and commemorates the soldiers who have
died in the French Revolution, the current war in
Iraq, and all past wars and wars to come. Dickens’
novel examines the detrimental effects of war, which
are so applicable to today’s situation and shows that
literature is timeless and valuable to life at any
time.

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