One of my siblings is currently reading A Tale of Two Cities for her high school class and posted a status update about it on Facebook. Her status prompted me to write the following comment (I'm probably too proud of it, but I'm sharing it anyway):
Here's what you need to know about A Tale of Two Cities: it reads exactly like you'd expect of a book that was written for publication part-by-part in a newspaper. It has none of the tightness and editing that one would hope accompanies good writing. Although it contains a brilliant plot and brims with historical significance it fails to overcome its own length and wordiness. It is the equivalent of today's TV show that runs on for seasons beyond its prime. Just like Scrubs, the brilliance is overshadowed by the decline.
I see London,
I see France