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A Tale of Two Cities by [Dickens, Charles]
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“[A Tale of Two Cities] has the best of Dickens and the worst of Dickens: a dark, driven opening, and a celestial but melodramatic ending; a terrifyingly demonic villainess and (even by Dickens’ standards) an impossibly angelic heroine. Though its version of the French Revolution is brutally simplified, its engagement with the immense moral themes of rebirth and terror, justice, and sacrifice gets right to the heart of the matter . . . For every reader in the past hundred and forty years and for hundreds to come, it is an unforgettable ride.”–from the Introduction by Simon Schama

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 477 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523478292
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (Dec 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EHZXVQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I read this book in order to read some of the classics. It was somewhat confusing for me, as many characters were introduced. The book did get a hold of me and I had to finish reading it. So it was a good read.
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Review by Mary Haskett
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is a mesmerizing read. This timeless novel set in the time of the French revolution portrays the evil and the good in man. The French poor, spurred to anger and hatred by the injustices incurred upon them by the French aristocracy, by degrees turn into an unrelenting murderous mob as they seek justice. Many innocent victims are trundle to Madame Guillotine day after day, adults and children alike, and Madame Defarge filled with hatred for injustices done to her family sits and knits at the foot of the guillotine along with her peers, reveling as heads fall.
Across the sea in England, society is more civilized. In London, the reader meets a variety of characters, Charles Darnay, formerly Evermonde, Lucie his wife, and Lucie’s father, all have escaped from France. Charles feels compelled to return to France and rescue his overseer wrongly imprisoned. He meets the same fate. Lucie and her father set out to save him.
In the shadow of this drama is one, Sydney Carton, a heavy drinker, who strongly resembles Charles in appearance. The true character of Sydney Carton surfaces as he devises a plan to take Charles place at the guillotine. He arranges the escape of the family, with the help of good servants.
If you have never read a Tale of Two Cities, you have doubtless heard of Sydney Carton’s last words as he went to the guillotine. “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.” He emerges at the end of this tale as a true and noble hero.
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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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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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Dickens is one of my favourite authors. I don't read fiction very much but this book is one of my favourite escapes. This book starts slow but will quickly engage your interest.
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A must read for everyone who is interested in history, and the effect it has on human behavior. Dickens is a master of spellbinding the reader from beginning to end.
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Surprisingly this was much better in the later half of the book. Characters were well developed for the audience/readers. Good story
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Gotta be on my 'most read list' -- at least 5 times in my lifetime, including once in high school for English class. Five stars!
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