A Tale of Two Cities
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A Tale of Two Cities

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'Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; -- the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!'

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

This edition uses the text as it appeared in its serial publication in 1859 to convey the full scope of Dickens's vision, and includes the original illustrations by H. K. Browne ('Phiz'). Richard Maxwell's introduction discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy.

Title:A Tale of Two Cities
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0141439602
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:489 pages

    A Tale of Two Cities Reviews

  • Melissa Rudder
    May 29, 2009

    My primary goal when I'm teaching A Tale of Two Cities to my sophomores is to make them realize that Charles Dickens didn't write creaky, dusty long novels that teachers embraced as a twisted rite of ...

  • Emma
    Feb 13, 2013

    Christ on a bike - I?d forgotten how much concentration Dickens demands. Reading the first few chapters of this book was, frankly, a chore. I could not be less bothered about The Mail and the more D...

  • Leslie
    Dec 02, 2012

    Most satisfying ending in the English language. Yes, the last line is a classic ("It is a far, far better thing ..."), concluding, in astonishingly concise language (for Dickens), the peace and redemp...

  • Laura
    Jun 12, 2008

    Years of teaching this novel to teenagers never dimmed my thrill in reading it ? if anything, I grew to love it more every time I watched kids gasp aloud at the revelations! Critics are divided on i...

  • Kalliope
    Aug 03, 2015

    A TALE OF TWO TALES Reading Dickens?s approach to historical fiction, at first I could not help but remember Romola, which I read recently. And even if Romola seemed to have more of a Victorian tha...

  • Jason Koivu
    Dec 04, 2013

    Hands down my favorite Dickens' I've read yet! It's got love, sacrifice, revenge, revolt and other exciting verbs! I'm a big fan of a solid marriage between character development and action. A Tale of...

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  • Lyn
    Jan 08, 2016

    Hundreds, thousands of stories long to have a quotable verse, just one. Tale of Two Cities, Dickens masterpiece as far as I'm concerned, is bookended by two of the most recognizable quotes in all of E...

  • Jean
    Dec 27, 2016

    ?It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness ... it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair?So begins A Tale of Two Ci...

  • Erik
    Nov 04, 2015

    A Tale of Two Cities holds the dubious honor of being the first book I ever picked up and failed to finish. The very first.From there, it's all gone downhill. Just look at my reviews where I casually ...