Dickens is a hit-or-miss author for me. (Please, don't throw things.) But A Tale of Two Cites was amazing. It takes place around/during the French Revolution, and has impressive range of narrators--French, English, poor, rich, oblivious, vengeful, etc. He somehow manages to keep all of these protagonists straight, and fleshes them out into distinctive people of the time period. Granted, Dickens does oversimplify some of his female characters. He doesn't write them poorly, they're just pure beyond realism. It's as if they never had a negative thought, ever, and that is pretty annoying. However, he makes up for it with Miss Pross. Trust me. The page length may be daunting, but it's so packed with action that you'll barely notice.