- ISBN 9780141439600 / 0141439602
- Title A Tale of Two Cities
- Author Charles Dickens
- Category Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)
Classic Fiction (pre C 1945)
- Format Paperback
- Year 2003
- Pages 544
- Publisher Penguin Books
- Imprint Penguin Classics
- Edition 12000th
- Language English
- Dimensions 129mm x 25mm x 203mm
“Reprinted with updated editorial material, revised Dickens chronology and new appendix”—T.p. verso.
After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.
Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. Richard Maxwell teaches in the Comparative Literature & English departments at Yale.
- 05 Oct
There is a short list of books that everyone knows they should read, but probably never will. Tale of Two Cities is one such book. But please, for the love of god, buy a copy and read it. I promise you won't regret it. The novel follows a few key characters in London and Paris during the French revolution. I can honestly say that the book enticed me through a range of emotions that no other title has so far. The humour, as with any Dickens novel, is rich and sardonic, the drama, wonderful, and the climax just superb. It absolutely deserves it's classification as a masterpiece. I can't recommend the book enough!
Reviewed By Mark @ The Nile