Book :: A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities
By: Charles Dickens
Pages: 489
Published: 1859
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
England
France
Rating: (10)

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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Charles Dickens' classic novel tells the story of two Englishmen--degenerate lawyer Sydney Carton and aristocrat Charles Darnay--who fall in love with the same woman in the midst of the French Revolution's blood and terror. Originally published as 31 weekly instalments, A Tale of Two Cities has been adapted several times for film, serves as...

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Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

This is a story set during the French Revolution, when there was danger at every turn, and the innocent were often found to be guilty and sent to their death. A doctor was imprisoned wrongfully for 18 years, and when released was hardly in his right mind. His attentive daughter helped him get his life back. His daughter later married a young man who, in turn, was accused wrongfully and imprisoned to be sent to the guillotine. There is much going on in this story with characters connected to England and to France, their loyalties tested and put on trial in many ways. It is a little hard to follow in places but is an intriguing story. There a few surprises, also. Well worth the read. I chose it for Indigo's 2021 reading challenge, prompt "a book considered to be a great classic."

Jun 13th, 2021

forline forline

This is one of my all time favorites!

Mar 23rd, 2018

Portia Portia

Jan 11th, 2018

lgpduluth lgpduluth

This is one of the novels I enjoyed the most in my high school Literature class. There was such excellent craftsmanship in the making of this novel. It is one I would read again.

Feb 11th, 2017

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57th on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian

63rd on The Big Read by BBC