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A Tale of Two Cities [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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Novel by Charles Dickens, published both serially and in book form in 1859. The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of the French Revolution. Although Dickens borrowed from Thomas Carlyle's history, The French Revolution, for his sprawling tale of London and revolutionary Paris, the novel offers more drama than accuracy. The scenes of large-scale mob violence are especially vivid, if superficial in historical understanding. The complex plot involves Sydney Carton's sacrifice of his own life on behalf of his friends Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess--the latter memorably caricatured in Madame Defarge, who knits beside the guillotine. The book is perhaps best known for its opening lines, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," and for Carton's last speech, in which he says of his replacing Darnay in a prison cell, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known." -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

About the Author

Charles John Huffam Dickens; 7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was broadly acknowledged by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. Born in Portsmouth, England, Dickens was forced to leave school to work in a factory when his father was thrown into debtors' prison. Although he had little formal education, his early impoverishment drove him to succeed. Over his career he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas and hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448625025
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (Dec 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take of Two Cities Feb. 24 2015
By Hal
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This is an excellent book. I love suspense and Tale of Two Cities has plenty of the unexpected. Dicken's sentences are so long it's sometimes easy to lose meaning, however he is considered a great writer so who am I to criticize.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sacrifice June 8 2014
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I have read this book many times and always enjoy it. This time was great but different. I felt more forced to read every word. It made me realize how stilted Dickens writes though the story is still one of the most altruistic ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel. May 16 2014
By Dave
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A bit hard to get started, but a great book. Possibly my favorite book of all time. Highly recommended book.
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Charles Dickens is such an astonishingly good writer. Now the trick will be to get my sons to both read this because I know how much they would enjoy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis a far better book... April 13 2014
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Dickens... Charles Dickens. For those of us who know him, nothing need be said in review of this book. For you who don't know him; waste no time. Start anywhere in any book and you will immediately notice a flavor and savor in his words, and in his arrangement of those words, that stimulate you and fill you, yet leave you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non plus ultra Dec 13 2013
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The writing style of Charles Dickens is unmatchable!!!! The style and the enduring humor always exceeds my expectations when I start reading any book of Charles Dickens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars will make you grateful June 24 2013
By Ben
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At times dense with metaphor. English as written over two hundred years ago can take more concentration and a greater investment of effort to fully appreciate. These things though only contribute to the novels greatness. Take your time, reflect upon what passages so call for it and this novel will reward you in every way a novel can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel in modern available package June 18 2013
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I am revisiting this great novel and hence it was very convenient to have it in a kindle package. These novels do not lose their appeal.
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