A Tale of Two Cities (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

"It was once the simplest of instances, it used to be the worst of instances . . ."

With those well-known phrases, Charles Dickens plunges the reader into certainly one of history’s such a lot explosive eras—the French Revolution. From the storming of the Bastille to the relentless drop of the guillotine, Dickens vividly captures the phobia and upheaval of that tumultuous interval.

At the guts is the novel’s hero, Sydney Carton, a lazy, alcoholic legal professional who, encouraged by way of a girl, makes the excellent sacrifice at the bloodstained streets of Paris.

One of Dickens’s most fun novels, A story of 2 Cities is a stirring vintage of affection, revenge, and resurrection.

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Whenever the leader made this rattle, the passenger started, as a nervous passenger might, and was disturbed in mind.

Wilkie Collins舗s drama of The Frozen Deep, I first conceived the main idea of this story. A strong desire was upon me then, to embody it in my own person; and I traced out in my fancy, the state of mind of which it would necessitate the presentation to an observant spectator, with particular care and interest. As the idea became familiar to me, it gradually shaped itself into its present form. Throughout its execution, it has had complete possession of me; I have so far verified what is done and suffered in these pages, as that I have certainly done and suffered it all myself.

269). In many of Dickens舗s novels, it is children who experience the keenest terror, trapped in an adult world of violent caprice and cynicism in which they have no power to defend themselves. 舡 Dickens舗s success in evoking the terror of the mob in A Tale of Two Cities (it is what most readers remember long after they have forgotten Lucie, Darnay, and the rest) lies in his transferring those real and imagined terrors of childhood, of which he is the fictional master, to the adult world and the stage of history.

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