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A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens' classic 1859 novel, which takes place before and during the French Revolution.

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Excellent edition of Dickens' master work

  • Nov 16, 2010
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A Tale of Two Cities is Charles Dickens' master work. It explores powerful issues of class, as played out against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Certain of the Dickens' characters in this novel have become emblematic of the times, such as Madam DeFarge, the probably insane working class woman who knits and cackles as she screams for others to be executed by guillotine. And Sydney Carton, the drunken wastrel whose bravery and self-sacrifice crown the story.

This is a must-read classic. The question is, in what edition should you read it? This "Enriched Classics" version is excellent, especially for first-time readers of the novel. In addition to a quality text, the edition includes a number of helpful features, such as an historic timeline, analyses of the novel by contemporary critics and a discussion of key plot points and themes to help readers understand the novel's context. Overall, an excellent edition of a towering classic. Comment
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November 17, 2010
I've had this on my book shelf for a couple of years now and still haven't had a chance to read it. My dad gave me his old-school copy. The pages are turning yellow and it definitely has a dated look, which seems appropriate given the story. I'm going on vacation next week and will finally be pulling this off the shelf. Thanks for the recommendation and review!
 
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review by . July 01, 2009
Dickens devoted considerable effort to naming his serials, and "Rolling Stones" was one of his possible titles for Two Cities. How different would this literary classic and the milieu it occupied have been had its famous title and its even more famous first line been different?    Its easy to say this is yet another Dickens classic as if to condemn it by faint praise. However, this book stands out as a first among equals for several reasons:    1. It was a …
review by . April 19, 2010
What an interesting thought.       If it was possible for Dickens to write something that was less Dickensian than the rest of his impressive body of work, "A Tale of Two Cities" would qualify as the least Dickensian of them all. An absorbing historical work, a sharply moving forward tempo, little if any comic relief and a minimum of florid prose (at least relative to his own characteristic standard of an abundance of unnecessary embellishment) make A Tale of Two Cities …
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
Dickens is at his best in the description department with this book. Sydney is one of the greatest character of classic literature.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Charles Dickens' heart-rending classic novel of life in London and Paris during the French Revolution deals with themes of love, loyalty, duty, honour and personal commitment to the rectification of past wrongs. The least Dickensian of all of Dickens' novels!
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
As required reading in my literature class in high school, It proved to be pretty good. It's a classic for a reason, but still not my favorite ever.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
Quite a dense read and can get confusing at times, but interesting once you get through it.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Love the imagery and storyline of such an uncertain political time.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Can classics become immortal?
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Enjoyed this in high school.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
It can be tough to get through this one the first time through (especially if you're reading it in a high school class, like I did the first time) but it's well worth it once you reach the end. It provides an insightful look at human nature. Moreover, Sydney Carton remains one of my favorite literary characters to this day.
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ISBN-10: 0141439602
ISBN-13: 978-0141439600
Author: Charles Dickens
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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