This great novel is beautiful in so many ways. From its gorgeous language (Dickens never fails us in that area) to its lovable main character Sydney Carton, this is truly an epic story best enjoyed by mature, appreciative readers. This is not a book for impatient readers who'd prefer a "quick read". This book is not meant to entertain. It is meant to appreciate and think about. And believe me, there is a lot to think about. From the futility of Carton's love, to the chaos in revolutionary France, to the innocence of Charles Darnay, and to the secret that plagues Doctor Mannette's life, this is a novel that demands attention in every page. Because of the violence (it does take place during the French Revolution), it is best suited for mature teens, not for tweens. Nonetheless, don't underestimate this novel. It is not just "one of those old classics". It is an immortal tale of love, revenge, and chaos that is as stirring as it is brilliant.