Finished A Tale of Two Cities, my 2009 Dickens read. This is a book I should have read in high school. How did I miss it? Bleak and intense, though not entirely humorless, it's by far the most gripping Dickens I've ever read. It was interesting to see him lay out the case for both sides in the French Revolution without always sitting clearly on one side of the fence. Dickens abhorred violence. I think writing this book must have been very taxing for him. History repeats itself over and over. This book should be read as a perpetual warning.