A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
About the Book
Famous opening sentence introduces
the universal approach of the book
Analysis
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 ...
Summary
An 1859 historical novel by Charles Dickens,
set in London and Paris before and during
the French Revolution.
Regularly cited as the best-selling novel of all time
3.8/5 Googreads
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Tell the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met.
Book the First: Recalled to Life
Book the Second: The Golden Thread
Book the Third: The Track of a Storm
A Tale of Two Cities is one of only two works of historical fiction by Charles Dickens (the other being Barnaby Rudge)
The book is perhaps best known for its opening lines, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” and for Carton’s last speech, in which he says of his replacing Darnay in a prison cell, “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.”
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