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Friday, March 9, 2012

Classic Book of The Month: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Title: A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens
Country: United Kingdom
Genre: Historical Novel
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Publication Date: 1859


A Tale of Two Cities is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It follows the lives of several protagonists through these events. The most notable are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. Darnay is a French aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Carton is a British attorney who endeavours to redeem his depressing life out of his un-returned love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.


Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was an English writer, generally considered to be the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters.Many of his works were originally published serially in monthly installments.Dickens loved the style of the 18th century picturesque or Gothic romance novels.His writing style is florid and poetic, with a strong comic touch. (although A Tale of Two Cities was his least comic novel)
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I first read this book when I was in High School (a long while ago...) Charles Dickens has a way with words that I could only dream of ever achieving as a writer. I recommend this book to any young reader who is interested in Charles Dickens or English Literature. I'm not going to pretend this book isn't hard to get into at first, but trust me once you keep reading, the story will draw you in and you will remember it for life. With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature.

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"A loving heart is the truest wisdom." ~Charles Dickens

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