A Tale of Two Cities, Paperback
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As the the bicentennary of the French Revolution draws near, Dickens' historical novel serves as a timely reminder of nineteenth-century reactions to that great upheaval.

Set between 1757 and 1793, A Tale of Two Cities views the causes and effects of the Revolution from an essentially private point of view, showing how private experience relates to public history.

Dickens' characters are fictional, and their political activity is minimal, yet all are drawn towards the Paris of the Terror, and all become caught up in its web of human suffering and human sacrifice.

This edition includes extensive explanatory notes giving crucial background information about the Revolution and Dickens' sources. 'the best story I have written' Charles Dickens ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199536238



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Is this the best Dicken's novel? Perhaps I could not say as this is the first one of his that I have read. But at least it has persuaded me to read more from him. Nice intricate plot and colourful characters but the real joy here is the use of language in the prose and the almost poetical dialogue which peppers the chapters. You are never very far from an enjoyable and memorable turn of phrase. Yes it will tax your brain a little more than your average novel today but the rewards are overwhelming.

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