A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Large Print - 2016
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A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period. It follows the lives of several characters through these events. With sales of over 200 million copies, A Tale of Two Cities is the biggest selling novel in history.
Published: [United States] :, Summit Classic Press,, [2016]
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781539834014
1539834018
Branch Call Number: F DIC
Characteristics: xxvi, 506 pages ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Tale of 2 cities

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The two cities are London and Paris, the time is the French Revolution. Many are starving; others live in luxury. People from all walks will find their lives changed forever.


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blue_dog_17792
Jun 01, 2019

Not so good. It's interesting, though.

I read this book over a period of five weeks for school, and it made me really appreciate the story. The way Dickens sets up the plot and characters make you really feel for them. It is a beautiful love story that really depicts the horror that people can do when they've been oppressed. But the Unsympathetic English towards the Suffering French did throw me off a little, but it is a wonderful story and I can see why it's considered a classic novel.

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mrsmeyer618
Oct 28, 2018

I had no idea how many "famous" and oft used quotes were from this book. I really enjoyed it even though book was a bit of a plod to get through.

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jacekwalkowicz
Oct 15, 2018

bravery +++

This one is the total classic adventure.

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KatherineHere
Apr 15, 2018

The year of 1859 in the first description above...oh, my.....

SPPL_Anna Mar 14, 2018

I read this on an international flight once, and I found it quite beautiful.

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VonHafenstaaad
Feb 08, 2018

Exciting and sad. I have ready this a few times and loved it every time.

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RoyalJellyIII
Oct 31, 2017

The best novel written by Dickens. It is a love story and history lesson, which forces you to ask "what would I do in similar circumstances".

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Mohammad_Khan
Aug 12, 2017

A beautifully written book by Charles Dickens

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pca73macdonald
Apr 05, 2017

A fan of Charles Dicken's works.

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Mr Lorry asks the witness questions:

Ever been kicked?
Might have been.
Frequently?
No.
Ever kicked down stairs?
Decidedly not; once received a kick at the top of a staircase, and fell down stairs of his own accord.”

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Rainman
Jan 09, 2015

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death;--the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!

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Rainman
Jan 09, 2015

Then tell Wind and Fire where to stop, but don't tell me.

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EKOrr
May 21, 2014

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

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VampireHunterD
Nov 24, 2012

“All through it, I have known myself to be quite undeserving. And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire- a fire, however, inseparable in its nature from myself, quickening nothing, lighting nothing, doing no service, idly burning away.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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étoile
Mar 27, 2011

"It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." - Sydney Carton

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

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 directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

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 directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.

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pod
Mar 22, 2008

They were the best of times. They were the worst of times.

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