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A Tale of Two Cities [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dickens
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Novel by Charles Dickens, published both serially and in book form in 1859. The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of the French Revolution. Although Dickens borrowed from Thomas Carlyle's history, The French Revolution, for his sprawling tale of London and revolutionary Paris, the novel offers more drama than accuracy. The scenes of large-scale mob violence are especially vivid, if superficial in historical understanding. The complex plot involves Sydney Carton's sacrifice of his own life on behalf of his friends Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess--the latter memorably caricatured in Madame Defarge, who knits beside the guillotine. The book is perhaps best known for its opening lines, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," and for Carton's last speech, in which he says of his replacing Darnay in a prison cell, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known." -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature


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  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448625025
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Public Domain Books (December 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EHZXVQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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i would NOT recommend this product because it is abridged and doesn't say so on the cover. It was a big disappointment!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ABRIDGED Alert!! December 17, 2013
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How can one of the greatest novels ever written be 236 pages long? It is shameful not to announce this on the cover & in the description. Amazon offers many other full version choices.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Back in my high school English classes, I often didn't care much for the assigned reading. However, one book that I did really enjoy at the time was Charles Dicken's 1859 classic A Tale of Two Cities. Having not read it since, I decided to pick it up again and see how it stood up. I once again enjoyed it, but not as much as I did back then. This is, largely, because I'm not the same person as I was back then (thankfully), leaving one of the main threads of the book to speak to me less than it did then.

The novel spans from 1775 and the outbreak of the American Revolution and its effects in London to 1793 and the height of the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution in Paris. As is typical of Dickens, there are a lot of characters. The main four are Sydney Carton, English lawyer and ne'er-do-well, Charles Darnay, a French noblemen who dislikes the actions of his class and lives in London and - it just so happens - looks just like Carton, Dr. Alexandre Mannette, just released from 18 years of unjust imprisonment in the Bastille, and Dr. Mannette's daughter Lucie, who helps him recover, later marries Darnay, and is the subject of Carton's unrequited love.

Of these main four, Carton and Dr. Mannette are interesting characters. Carton struggles with trying to make something of his wasted life, and with his affection for Lucie. Dr. Mannette and his return to himself is likewise an interesting character arc. Unfortunately, Darnay and Lucie are less compelling. Darnay is mostly just kind of "there" with no real highlight except for his confrontation with his evil uncle the Marquis, and an unfortunate lapse in judgement that leads him, a member of a noble family, to go to Paris in 1792. Lucie doesn't stand out much.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Cities September 29, 2012
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This version was no better than the previous word to text system on the kindle. Disappointing to say the least.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending gave me chills October 26, 2011
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One of the hardest books to get into that I have ever read, but the ending gave me chills and I couldn't stop thinking about if for days. If you are stuck at the beginning and wondering if it will be worth it, I promise it is.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different story about a different time August 8, 2012
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I had to read this in HS, I read only first chapter, "recall to life" great recreational read about a terrible period of time. I read the whole thing this time, good read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re read of A tale of Two cities June 28, 2012
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I studied this book in great detail while preparing for my GCE exams many years ago. However, re-reading it was quite a different experience, an eye opener for the mature reader. Now I am able to appreciate Dickens' writing far more and I shall certainly re-read more of his books. The details of the French Revolution were very educational and scarey in the sense that the atmosphere of fear and suspicion in France at the time of the Revolution still exist in many parts of the world today. It is a story of courage in the midst of chaos and distrust. It is also interwoven with love between father and daughter, husband and wife and, unforgettably, Sidney Carton's for the heroine.

A Tale of Two Cities is a book than can be read several times and still give renewed pleasure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best Dickens Book Ever October 19, 2013
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Get this on tape and listen to it 3-4 times to get the story characters clearly in your mind. It reads like fine poetry and takes you right into the awful atmosphere of the French Revolution with characters that become totally authentic whether they are feared or loved in this time of greed, poverty, anarchy and vengeance.
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