Its a serious tale that Dickens likens to the times in which it was written ... where many convicts were taken to the guillotine in the public square. Lucie Manette becomes acquainted with her father (Dr. Manette) who is insane after spending her whole lifetime in prison. Two look-alike men (Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton) are in love with Lucie and one gives his life for the other because of his love for her. Madade Defarge knits code into her work to hide away the words of spies. From the 1st well-known sentence to the last, this is an intense read.
Dickens at his best. I love this book about the epic struggle and rebellion during the French Revolution. It's a great story about sacrifice and love.
Tale of Two Cities is, of course, a very well known book. However, this particular version includes an extensive introduction and voluminous end notes that significantly enhance the reading.
I was required to read this in high school and was shocked at how much I loved this story. I cried like a baby at the end. Loved it! I recently bought myself a new copy so I could revisit it in adulthood. I really hope after all these years it lives up to my expectations.
A must read for all high school English students!
I was skeptical at first, since Charles Dickens is considered one of the best writers in the English language and I didn't believe any book could live up to the hoopla, but A Tale of Two Cities actually does. It's well-crafted and thoroughly interesting. If you've never read a Dickens book, this is a great place to start.
Not much to say but...it is a classic must read!
Not just the book, this includes foot notes and a small biography of dickens and lots of other information that adds to the book.
A classic, therefore a must read. This one is abridged and easy to understand.
Possibly the best fiction book I have ever read, A Tale of Two Cities is a fabulous story set during the chaotic and bloody time of the French revolution. If you can persevere past the first few chapters than you will be unable to put it down.
One of my favorite Dickens'. Complex plot, but not so much that you can't follow it. Historical events mixed in with the fictional storyline lend reality to the tale. You'll find love, hatred, heroism, heartbreaking self-sacrifice, and, of course, romance. This book is worth a read. :)
A classic, wonderful book for strong readers.
This was a book club read. Dickens always has a way of bogging me down at the beginning, but he always comes through at the end. The way he can tie the story together is amazing. It's a great classic read that should be in everyone's repetoire.
What can I say about A Tale of Two Cities? It's the work of a master, and it shows. I adore this book... it's one of Dickens' best, and that is saying a lot.
This is an abridged version.
Deals with the French revolution, where the monarchy was overthrown by a massive revolt of the common people. Timely reading in view of the turmoil in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere. Also an excellent story for mature readers.
This is truly one of the great novels of all time, in my humble opinion. Read the book, then watch the weird black and white movie they made it into!
A classic that deserves its status. I love this story.
The most accessible Dickens novel. The is the Signet Classic edition with Hallmark Hall of Fame TV presentation tie-in cover. Includes photographs from the TV production.
Classic love story against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
Incredible book by an incredible author... Vive le Revolution!
very great story about lif and how to live it greatly!
One of Charles Dickens most energetic and exciting works.
Having read this many, many, many years ago (it may have actually been during the French Revolution),I decided it was time to re-read this one, & I am glad I did. Now "it is a far,far better thing that I do..." introducing Sidney Carton to someone else by making the book available to someone new.
Charming still, a re-read keeper
Although this is hard to get into (...the worst of times...), once you get past the first 40 pages or so, this is a great story (...the best of times!). Yes, this is a classic and yes, it is Dickens (which is why I only gave it a three...) but the story really is quite intriguing. It reads like a soap-opera. If you want, read the spark notes for the first 4 chapters and then dive in!
Try writing a 119 word opening sentence today and see if you get published. James Patterson has shorter CHAPTERS.
This is the old size for this series, but the cover has been modernized with a blue-grey diamond pattern. Not really a review, but an extra bit of information.
This information refers only to the Hardcover 111 page version of this novel with isbn number 0679203745.
ILLUSTRATED by Harold King.
Dozens of interesting illustrations including maps and drawings. Illustrations include The Bastille Prison, a Time Line of the Events of the French Revolution, The Guillotine, The Goose Game Board and rules of the Game, Newgate Prison, an1870 Map of Paris and dozens more.
I loved "David Copperfield" so expected to love this book too, but after reading over half of it I've decided to give it up. I don't know if it's the old English style of writing or the subject matter, but I have found it very difficult to read.
A classic Dicken's novel.
This book does have some underlining and writing in the margins.
This is a classic novel which I read once for an assignment. Very Good condition.