A Tale of Two Cities
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Civil unrest and dramatic upheavals in the French Revolutionary era set the stage for Charles Dickens's Tale of Two Cities. Two men, one French, one English, are at the heart of the novel. Their characters and fates contrast, but both have their romantic sights on the same woman. Romance and rivalries blossom amid the conflict, and yet the fragility of human life and hopes is made all too clear. In this richly-woven and moving tale, no life is untouched by the bloody and fearsome events of the revolution that defined an age.
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Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was uniquely successful as a writer during his lifetime, enjoying huge followings from readers and audiences in England and America. When, early in life, sudden misfortune sent his family into extreme poverty, the young Charles was sent to work in a factory. Never forgetting this childhood misery, Dickens wrote often in later life about the plights of the working poor. As a young man he became a law clerk and stenographer, moving into journalism in the 1830s. Dickens's early journalistic sketches formed the basis for his first literary works. With the 1836 serialized publication of The Pickwick Papers, his unparalleled success as an author began. Dickens went on to write such famous novels as David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Barnaby Rudge, Hard Times, and Bleak House, with all of his works remaining in print to this day.Back to top
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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 ...Back to top
Reviewed by doo1019 on Nov 5, 2009
My Dickens choice for 2009. Glad to finally read this one. Some scenes definitely stay with you long afterwards.
Reviewed by beamcq on Mar 24, 2010
An amazing story
This is not a 'light' read, but the writing is so amazing that it's stayed with me since I've finished it. It's definately worth the effort to read and understand everything he is saying. Simply an amazing piece of story-telling.
Reviewed by Goss on May 26, 2009
It is a good story,I think!
Reviewed by LoriJMiller on May 22, 2009
Although I struggled a bit with the older style of English writing and symbolism when I first started this book, it is such a powerful story that I was totally drawn in. The ending is phenomenal.
Reviewed by Lkerr on May 1, 2009
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