An Essay on the Dickens Novel: A Tale of Two Cities

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This essay is an expansion of my earlier comments about the Dickens novel: A Tale of Two Cities. THe literary devices that Dickens uses to tell this story are sometimes subtle, sometimes complex, uncommon, and unique. Several of the devices Dickens used fly in the face of best practices taught in courses on fiction writing. In my opinion, however, Dickens' talent as a writer produced a novel that is fun to read. A Tale of Two Cities is number two  on the all time best-seller list of novels. Number one is Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. Number three is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K.Rowling. Published in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities. has been read by a large number of people in the last century and a half. 

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