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A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations (Oprah's Book Club 2010 Selection)

A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations (Oprah's Book Club 2010 Selection)

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by Charles Dickens, Hablot Knight Browne, Charles Green
     
 

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In this unique ebook edition of A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, you will find the original illustrations from the first publication of these stories by artists Hablot "Phiz" Knight Browne and Charles Green. As with all Codex Ebooks, this ebook file has been meticulously proofed for formatting errors and includes a working Table of Contents. It is also DRM

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In this unique ebook edition of A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, you will find the original illustrations from the first publication of these stories by artists Hablot "Phiz" Knight Browne and Charles Green. As with all Codex Ebooks, this ebook file has been meticulously proofed for formatting errors and includes a working Table of Contents. It is also DRM-free, which means you can also read it on your Sony Reader, Kobo Reader or any ebook reading device that can display ePub files. This ebook has been tested on a Nook (and a Sony Reader Touch Edition) to ensure maximum readability.

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A Tale of Two Cities is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, and it ranks amongst the most famous works in the history of fictional literature.

The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several protagonists through these events. The most notable are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. Darnay is a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Carton is a dissipated British barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of his unrequited love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.


Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens. It was first published in serial form in the publication All the Year Round from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. It has been adapted for stage and screen over 250 times.

Great Expectations is the story of the orphan Pip, writing about his life (and attempting to become a gentleman along the way). The novel, like much of Dickens's work, draws on his experiences of life and people.

The main plot of Great Expectations takes place between Christmas Eve 1812, when the protagonist is about seven years old (and which happens to be the year of Dickens' birth), and the winter of 1840.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011976919
Publisher:
Codex Ebook Services
Publication date:
12/22/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
305,318
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Charles Dickens was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature's most iconic characters.

Many of his novels, with their recurrent concern for social reform, first appeared in magazines in serialized form, a popular format at the time. Unlike other authors who completed entire novels before serialization, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialized. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next installment. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.

His work has been praised for its mastery of prose and unique personalities by writers such as George Gissing, Leo Tolstoy and G. K. Chesterton.

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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Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
Pulpsmith More than 1 year ago
The novels and stories of Charles Dickens have been with us for almost 200 years for a reason. He is simply one of the best (some say, THE best) novelist who ever lived. Originally released in serialized form in magazines, each fresh installment would create an uproar as thousands of rabid readers rushed bookshops for the latest part fresh off the presses. In the United States, the ships carrying the magazine issues from England would often be stormed by readers who couldn't even wait for them to be unloaded. Such was the fervor Dickens' writing created. With A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, you have two of his best novels in one handy volume and at a great price. Great Expectations has been called "the only perfect novel" by critics. It's a tale of redemption, secrets, romance and tragedy. There is something for everyone to savor in this timeless novel and like all great fiction, there is also valuable lessons to be learned. Dickens wrote for the people and though his style is outdated by today's standards, you'll find the themes and scenes are very much of the street and deal with everyday cares and concerns. It is the strength of this aspect of his writing that has led to its enduring through the centuries. A Tale of Two Cities has twists that have been echoed in countless stories since then. This novel of the French Revolution is a-typical of Dickens as it is an historical tale and he usually wrote about the London of his time. But the book has transcended like so much of his work to the extent that it's has been referenced all through pop culture. Even Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan hinges it's dramatic high-points on the opening and closing lines of the novel. And this novel has, perhaps, both the best first and last lines in the history of fiction. Not bad for one book. Again, we've got intrigue, chases, escapes, unrequited love, romance and sacrifice. With this great collection you'll find that the themes and ideas of all great storytelling are timeless and what we enjoy today is just a variation of what came before. As an author and avid reader myself, I know that great storytelling is timeless, eternal. With two of the best novels ever written, you're in for a treat with this collection.
Koufax More than 1 year ago
These are two classic books for sure but why would anyone pay for them when you can get both for free? Because Oprah says so? I think not. Both of these great books are offered for free. If you don't mind paying 11 dollars for the new packaging well more power to you but in this day and age if you are like most the free route would be the way to go. Sorry Oprah.
EdgarG More than 1 year ago
If you like drama, you'll love this. Don't shy away from the book because it's a classic. It's truly a wonderful story.
ThisGirlLuvs2Read More than 1 year ago
I expected greatness and I got it! But, not in the way I would have like it (the ending was not what I wanted). Never the less I got it. This writer earns 5-stars because he offer's a story with depth and character's of that day with substance. As with all old books you have story-line with many "puzzle" pieces to ponder about. This story will not easily be forgotten and that makes it a treasure.I believe anyone will be glad they took the time to read it. As with most old books this is a book of patience because during out time (The 21st Century) the competition is great and we have so many choice's to choose from in good books with so little time to read them. This was my Christmas present to myself and it was really a wonderful one. I started it Christmas Eve and finished it at midnight and woke up thankful I allowed this gift to myself. Merry Christmas~
Tomterrific More than 1 year ago
I had never read these two books before but have read some of Dickens. The first book takes us back to early England and the time of the French Revolution. It gives some very real bloody tales of life in that time and makes you feel like you are actually in it. The 2nd book tells of this hyoung man wo has no real expections of his life becoming nothing more than boring, but discovers there is more to life than he expects.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For readers of 19th century English novels, "Great Expectations" is a must-read; I think it's definitely the best of the Bildingsromans Dickens wrote, and one of his best social commentaries.
Maia Drkula More than 1 year ago
This book is very good! My dad downloaded it for me and I have loved it!!!!!!!!!!
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wow good book
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Just couldnt get into this book... Tale of two Cities.
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