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This historical novel focuses on the events before and during the French Revolution. The main protagonists are Charles Darnay, an honest and virtuous French aristocrat sentenced indiscriminately to the guillotine, and Sydney Carton, a dissipated English barrister who vows to redeem his own soul by saving Darnay from the Parisian mob. Originally published in weekly instalments.

Set in London and Paris at the time of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities (1859) sees the causes and effects of that great social upheaval from an essentially private point of view. Dickens's characters are fictional, their responses individual, their political activity minimal, but all are caught up in a web woven by their own activities and responsibilities, and all are drawn to the Paris of the Terror. A Tale of Two Cities is Dickens's second historical novel, which he considered "the best story I have written"; it has his tightest and most shapely plot, and shows great narrative daring and experiment. This edition includes extensive notes on the background to the Revolution. Two appendices give variant readings and historical and fictional chronologies for the novel. - Back cover.

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The Physical Object

Format Paperback
Number of pages 304
Dimensions 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
Weight 8.5 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library OL7637877M
Internet Archive taleoftwocities00char_0
ISBN 10 0486406512
ISBN 13 9780486406510
OCLC/WorldCat 40395977
Library Thing 17728
Goodreads 1952

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