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Author Charles Dickens
Category Classics
Rating RP
Language en
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Short Description Charles Dicken's 'A Tale Of Two Cities' (1859) is a historical novel set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution.
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A Tale of Two Cities (1859) by Charles Dickens
 
Dickens' famous opening sentence introduces the universal approach of the book, the French Revolution, and the drama depicted within:
 
'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.'
 
The plot of the novel involves Sydney Carton’s sacrifice of his own life on behalf of his friends Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette. 
 
Carton’s last speech is also well known, in which he says of his replacing Darnay in a prison cell, “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”

For more information on Charles Dicken's 'A Tale Of Two Cities', the following are recommended. Wikipedia, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Sparks Notes, Cliffs Notes, and Charles Dickens Info.
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