A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is one of the most popular books of all time, with over 200 million copies sold to date. The novel is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution and depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period. The main characters are Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Sydney Carton, a British barrister who endeavors to redeem his ill-spent life out of his unrequited love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.
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Wonderfully read classic
This is my of my top two all time favorite classics. I listened to several samples before choosing Dick Hill's version, and his expressiveness and character voices far surpassed my expectations.
I admit the first time through this book can be confusing, but subsequent readings how Dickens to be a master craftsman.
- Barbara H.