A Tale of Two Cities

Book cover: 'A Tale of Two Cities'
Author(s): 
Charles Dickens
Copyright: 
1859
Publisher: 
Penguin Classics
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
544 pages
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Review: 

Historical Fiction set in the French Revolution. For the uninitiated - the two cities are Paris and London. The story also involves two men - one a French aristrocrat, hated by the lower classes involved in the bloody revolution for crimes committed by his family - the other a wealthy British bachelor. Both fall in love with Lucie, the beautiful daughter of a man who was freed from the Bastille after being wrongfully imprisoned. It is a beautiful story of love and sacrifice amidst the horror and evil of the Reign of Terror. This was one of my very favorite books in high school (I even wrote one of my college entrance essays about it), but others (such as my husband) found it somewhat tedious.

Review Date: 
3-25-2000
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