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Posted October 11, 2001
I have submitted at least two reviews for this work. While I realise that my views may not be uniform with others expressed on this site, I still do not feel that is adequate reason to discount my vote. I was apalled to read 'Cookie or Candy or Buttercup' recite a basically meaningless review, while my review, the work of much thought and thorough research throughout A FAR BETTER REST was discounted. I felt slighted, as a 5-star review, utterly mindless in objective, surpass my 3-star review, which, again, while not the majority opinion, still deserved some measure of recognition. I remain convinced, however, that there was merely some misunderstanding. I trust that the Barnes and Noble webmasters will expediently correct this error. Thank you for your consideration and time.
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Posted July 26, 2000
A Far Better Rest is a wonderful retelling of A Tale of Two Cities from Sydney Carton's point of view. It tells the story of Carton's entire life, filling in the gaps in A Tale of Two Cities, where Carton disappears for several years. But not only does Susanne Alleyn do a great job at filling in Carton's 'missing years', but she also writes an excellent novel of the French Revolution that stands completely on its own. Yes, it does help if you've read A Tale of Two Cities first, but it is not absolutely necessary. I have not read it for several years, and it's amazing how much I had forgotten. (For example, I had forgotten that Sydney Carton had gone to school in France.) Alleyn's description of the events of the Revolution is far more accurate than Dickens', as she explains in the afterword. Also, I love the way Alleyn introduces historical figures into her narrative; it was a clever touch, to have Carton and Darnay go to school with Robespierre and Desmoulins,for example. And Alleyn's original characters, especially Eleonore, are great additions to the story. I have read many historical novels about the French Revolution; this is one of the best.
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Posted July 27, 2001
I hated A TALE OF TWO CITIES. It was too good and sofistikated for mee. But mrs. suzannes FAR BETTA REST was soooooooooo good. Itt apeeled to a lazee reader like me. Good jub, mrs. suzannes. LUV YA
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Posted July 25, 2000
Absolutely wonderful reading. Susanne Alleyn¿s style brings you accurately into the world of the French revolution even deeper than Dickens¿ 'Two Cities'. It does stand on its own. Susanne's approach and writing brings us a story which is fresh and alive. Her story is one into which you can sink you teeth. Its beefy and deep. Even for those who are not necessarily into historic novels or romance A' Far Better Rest' offers excellent reading. Outstanding work by a first time novelists! ONE WARNING: Be sure you are comfortable, with your favorite beverage and munchies near by. Once you pick it up and start reading you won¿t want to put it down! Five stars or two thumbs -up on this one. You¿ll love it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2000
For anyone who found the plot and ambiance of A Tale of Two Cities exhilarating but was somewhat disappointed by Dickens' lack of depth in characters and blatant misportrayal of historical fact, Susanne Alleyn's vivid reimagining of Dickens' classic does much to enhance the believability of the original work. While maintaining Dickens' air of tense and high drama, as well as (quite incredibly) Dickens' language, Alleyn adds depth and background to Sydney Carton's ultimate self-sacrifice and does pays much attention to the historical details of the French Revolution, something Dickens himself scrupulously neglected. By weaving compelling strands of Dickens' original plot together with some brilliant ones of her own (including Eleanore d'Ambert, Carton's brilliant and brave lover who I like a lot more than Lucie :)) , Alleyn makes Carton's final decision more understandable, and yet, far more laudable. A Far Better Rest is an exquisitely crafted page-turner that will have surprises even for the most avid reader of Dickens.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2000
Susanne Alleyn's debut novel is a virtual time machine that transports the reader to the 18th century.You feel as if you are really there in this retelling of Dickens' Tale.Sydney Carton narrates the story of his life and the part he plays in the French Revolution.There are many historical and fictional characters woven together in this riveting account of love and sacrifice.If you like A Tale of Two Cities, then A Far Better Rest is a must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2014
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