A Tale of Two Cities

With An Introduction by Simon Schama and Sixteen Illustrations by "Phiz"
Dickens, Charles (Book - 1993 )
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Lucie Manette had been separated from her father for eighteen years while he languished in Paris's most feared prison, the Bastille. Finally reunited, the Manettes's fortunes become inextricably intertwined with those of two men, the heroic aristocrat Darnay, and the dissolute lawyer, Carton. Their story, which encompasses violence, revenge, love and redemption, is grippingly played out against the backdrop of the terrifying brutality of the French Revolution. A Tale of Two Cities begins on a muddy English road in an atmosphere charged with mystery and drama, and it ends in the Paris of the French Revolution with one of the most famous acts of self-sacrifice in literature. In between lies one of Charles Dickens's most exciting books- a historical novel that, generation after generation, has given readers access to the profound human dramas that lie behind cataclysmic social and political events. Famous for the character of Sydney Carton, who sacrifices himself upon the guillotine-"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done"-the novel is also a powerful study of crowd psychology and the dark emotions aroused by the Revolution, and is illuminated by Dickens's lively comedy. This edition reprints the original Everyman introduction by G. K. Chesterton and includes sixteen illustrations by Phiz. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
Authors: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Title: A tale of two cities
with an introduction by Simon Schama and sixteen illustrations by "Phiz"
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1993.
Characteristics: xxiv, 413 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.,cm.
Notes: "Borzoi book."
Local Note: 1 6 15 53 210 211
ISBN: 0679420738
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Headings: France History Revolution, 1789-1799 Fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction.
LCCN: 92073542
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I was led here by Will in 'the infernal devices' (mortal instruments prequel series) because he quoted many lines and I was drawn into reading more.

Jul 13, 2012
  • ucblue rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very, very and can I say VERY boring and confusing beginning, but the book picked up towards the middle. Had to read it for school, glad I stuck with it. Just make sure you have plenty to snack on during this mind-confusing novel.

Jun 16, 2008
  • Dani rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favourite book of all time. Brilliant.


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Jun 25, 2008
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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 epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.


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