A Tale of Two Cities (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

A Tale of Two Cities (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

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by Charles Dickens
     
 

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When millions suffer under iron-fisted oppression, when anger and resentment boil into bloody insurrection, when triumph leads to savage vengeance — does one individual life matter? In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens interweaves the intensely personal dramas of Lucie Manette, Charles Darnay, and Sydney Carton with the terror and chaos of the French…  See more details below

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When millions suffer under iron-fisted oppression, when anger and resentment boil into bloody insurrection, when triumph leads to savage vengeance — does one individual life matter? In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens interweaves the intensely personal dramas of Lucie Manette, Charles Darnay, and Sydney Carton with the terror and chaos of the French Revolution. The result is a powerful story of love, sacrifice, and redemption amid horrific violence and world-changing events.

     Lucie struggles desperately to restore the health of a father driven mad by years of unjust imprisonment. Darnay, a passionate young idealist, must overcome his family’s evil past. The cynical, alcoholic barrister, Carton, finally finds someone worthy of love and devotion—but will his affections be returned? When Darnay braves the Reign of Terror to save a faithful servant from the guillotine, Lucie and her father rush to protect him, and Carton’s newfound feelings of love are put to the ultimate test.

      Flavored with such unforgettable characters as the Marquis St. Evrémonde, who sings the  praises of repression after his coach has struck and killed a peasant child, and Madame Defarge, who attends calmly to her knitting as heads roll, A Tale of Two Cities is a novel of stark contrasts, bitter ironies, and, ultimately, great hope.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435136380
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
03/19/2012
Series:
Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1812 and raised in London. His great sympathy for the poor started to develop when his father was thrown into debtor’s prison and Charles, only twelve years old, was forced into factory work. A journalist before writing his first novel, The Pickwick Papers 1836-37), Dickens died of a stroke in 1870, while writing his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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