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.
This book is an older copy that has no ISBN anywhere. It is old, but the pages are in good condition. Throughout the whole book there are perhaps three pages with any markings on them whatsoever. Hey ... it's free, and it's a classic!
A must read for all high school English students!
This book is an adapted version from the Phoenix Learning Resources, Phoenix Everyday Readers. It is a children's book.
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.
A classic, wonderful book for strong readers.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
A classic, therefore a must read. This one is abridged and easy to understand.
In writing this magnificent tale of London and Paris in the bloody days of the French revolution, Carles Dickins won himself the greatest popularity any novelist has ever known. For he told a thrilling story, filled with suspense and a swift narrative, and he peopled that story with entrancing characters. Their superb adventures have made this one of the most exciting novels of all time.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,..." And so begins this classic story set during the French Revolution. Our hero, Charles Darnay, receives a letter that begs him to come back to France. He is sent to prison and shall be executed by guillotine. Will he be pardoned, or shall Lucy Manette (his wife) be particularly disappointed about what that day shall bring? The character that I disliked the most was Madame Defarge. I thought that she was a mean-spirited witch. But this book was a very riveting read. It really makes you wonder whether Charles shall survive.
This is definitely a carefully crafted setting of historical proportion. I like the story, and enjoy reading his works. The story line is telling; it describes in great details the scenes, environments, characters establishment and vulnerabilities, and delves deeply into the human condition. I had to read this slowly, as if I read it fast, the story would get away from me. Don't know if that is something that happens with Dickens readers or not. A definite classic.
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 was the first of Dickens' works that I've read (December 2008). Up until now I've held a caricature of the Dickens' novel in my mind from the books I've seen on film. I have to admit, I didn't find the dark, drab tale of poverty and aristocratic oppression that I've seen in other films (e.g. Nicholas Nickleby, A Christmas Carol, etc). The story takes place in the "Two Cities" of London and Revolutionary Paris, and follows a mixed French/English family seeking to escape the oppression of the French Revolution. I was surprised to be taught so much about the excesses of the more extreme of the Revolutionary parties, the Jacobins (portrayed by Mr. and Madame DeFarge). Dickens clearly intended to communicate the cruel character of those that overthrew the French monarchy and aristocracy in the name of "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death". The plot of the tragic hero of the novel, Sydney Carton represents a type of the sacrificing hero, finding its archetype in Christ, and much imitated elsewhere in literature. This is what I most appreciated about the novel; Dickens is earnest to embody his disapproval of the Leninist idea that the best government is that ruled by a group of idealists with unlimited authority to preserve their ideals by censoring or exterminating evidence of contrary thinking. In addition, he was a very biblically literate man (certainly by today's standards), and the metaphor that Sydney Carton provides of the afflicted figure moved by his unselfish love to lay his life down for a friend resonates with the Holy Spirit's presence in me, who loves find well-told stories that communicate glimpses of the character and role of Christ; a theme that has been implanted in us by virtue of our creation in the image of God Himself.
Incredible book by an incredible author... Vive le Revolution!
This is an abridged version.
Not much to say but...it is a classic must read!
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!
very great story about lif and how to live it greatly!
Classic love story against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
A classic that deserves its status. I love this story.
A classic Dicken's novel.
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.
Try writing a 119 word opening sentence today and see if you get published. James Patterson has shorter CHAPTERS.
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!
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.
One of Charles Dickens most energetic and exciting works.
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.
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.