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A Tale Of Two Cities is an historical novel by English author Charles Dickens, first published in 1859. Set in London and Paris, the novel begins before the French Revolution and continues through the Reign of Terror, ending with the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. It follows the lives of Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a drunken lawyer, as they become embroiled in the events leading up to the revolution. Darnay is the nephew of the Marquis St. Evrémonde, a wealthy French nobleman who is deeply despised by the French people for his cruelty and selfishness. Charles, however, is a good and honest man, and he is eventually put on trial for treason by the revolutionaries. Sydney Carton is deeply in love with Lucie Manette, Charles Darnay's wife. Although Lucie loves Charles, she also cares for Sydney, and the three of them become caught up in the revolution and its aftermath. Throughout the novel, the characters struggle with themes of sacrifice, love, and redemption. Dickens also explores the idea of duality, as the novel is set in two cities, London and Paris, and the characters are constantly torn between their love for their country and their love for their families. The novel also explores the idea of revolution and the consequences that come with it, as well as the impact of social class on the characters' lives.
№ 16 in Goodreads 100 Best Nineteenth-Century British and Irish Novels.
This book has 136,313 words, 269 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1859.
Production notes: This ebook of A Tale Of Two Cities was published by Global Grey on the 28th October 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Houses of Parliament, Sunset' by Claude Monet.
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