A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens
Originally Published 1859
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Description: After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.
Mini Book Review: It was the best of books and the worst of books all at the same time (LOL I know cheesy, but I couldn't help myself) I won't lie it was a tough book to get into at first (I always struggle with the language and overly descriptive passages in classics) , with the exception of the opening chapter which is bloody beautifully written. But once I was halfway in I was completely engrossed and did not want to put it down which surprised me. I actually cried throughout the last chapter too, it was so moving. It is really hard to review a classic as so much has been written about it there really isn't nothing new to say that hasn't already been said. Its just a fabulous tale of social justice, sacrifice, vengeance and redemption set during the years leading up to, during and after the French Revolution. The characters are intriguing, the plot surprisingly fast paced and melodramatic and a truly magnificent social commentary of the time. I recommend everyone read this one as it is unlike many of Dickens other stories (less characters and unnecessary sub plots).
I read this as part of the BBC Top 100 Challenge and I downloaded it free to my Kobo
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