Cover of: A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens

Contributors

  • Introduction
    Frederick Busch

About the Book

The storming of the Bastille...the death carts with their doomed human cargo...the swift drop of the guillotine blade - this is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures in his famous work, A Tale of Two Cities. With dramatic eloquence, he brings to life a time of terror and treason, a starving people rising in frenzy and hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent regime. With insight and compassion, he casts his novel of unforgettable scenes with unforgettable characters: the sinister Madame Defarge, knitting her patterns of death; the gentle Lucie Manette, unswerving in her devotion to her broken father ; the heroic Sydney Carton, who gives his life for the love of a girl who would never be his.

About the Edition

The storming of the Bastille...the death carts with their doomed human carto...the swift drop of the guillotine blade - this is the French Revolution that Charles Dickens vividly captures in his famous work A Tale of Two Cities. With dramatic eloquence, he brings to life a time of terror and treason, a starving people rising in frenzy and hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent regime. With insight and scenes with unforgettable characters: the sinister Madame Defarge, knitting her patterns of death; the gentle Lucie Manette, unswerving in her devotion to her broken father, the heroic Sydney Carton, who gives his life for the love of a woman who would never be his.

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First Sentence

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 direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way-in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Edition Notes

US/CAN

Copyright Date
1997

The Physical Object

Format
Mass Market Paperback
Pagination
xvii, 371p.
Number of pages
371

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7577254M
Internet Archive
taleoftwocitiess00char_0
ISBN 10
0451526562
ISBN 13
9780451526564
OCLC/WorldCat
906877820, 1010991248
Amazon.com
0451526562
Google
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Library Thing
17728
Goodreads
76924
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