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A Tale of Two Cities Paperback – December 2, 2011
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Of particular interest are the characters; the protagonist, Lucie Manette, discovers her father has been found alive imprisoned in the French Bastille for the last eighteen years. Lucie is the embodiment of love, and her unconditional love restores her father's sanity.
As the French Revolution draws nearer, the reader senses the progression of hopeless bloodshed through the continued foreshadowing of events. There is an overarching uneasiness that something evil is going to happen to the main characters. The darkness of one of the main antagonists, Madame DeFarge, and her constant knitting of the names of those condemned to death, stands in stark contrast to the loving protagonist, Lucie Manette.
Soon Darnay and Lucie marry, and a few years later, the French Revolution begins.
Dickens shows the intense suffering and affliction of the masses and the arrogant aristocracy, which is portrayed by the heartless Marquis Evrémonde when he runs over a poor plebian child. The impending conflict in France creeps ever so closer to the Manette family in England when Darnay travels to France and is arrested.Read more ›
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This book by Dickens is very interesting and makes for a good read that is appropriate for many different age levels.Published on April 24, 2013 by KGI
Title: A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens
Date of Release: 1859
Number of Pages: 489
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