A Tale of Two Cities () is a historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel tells the story of. A Tale of Two Cities er en historisk roman i to deler skrevet av Charles Dickens og utgitt i Bokens innledende setning er blitt meget kjent i litteraturen. Namun sekali lagi di Indonesia ini akan sulit walau pergi ke toko buku terbesar sekalipun besar dunia dan tentunya legal,namun hanya tersedia dalam bahasa Inggris saja. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens ().
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The most famous and perhaps the most popular of his works, it compresses an event of immense complexity to the scale of a family history, with a cast of characters that includes a bloodthirsty ogress and an antihero as believably flawed as any in modern fiction. Dickens is a master of the type of narration that simultaneously moves forward and back in time. Mar Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Dickens' prose is — of course — awe-inspiring. With the people starving and begging the Marquis for food, his uncharitable response is to let the people eat grass; the people are left with nothing but onions to eat and are forced to starve while the nobles are living lavishly upon the people's backs. Also twice would he leave France under assumed identities.
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With his sublime parting words, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done…" Sidney Carton joins that exhalted group of Dickensian characters who have earned a permanent place in the popular literary imagination. His dramatic story, set against the volcanic fury of the French Revolution and pervaded by the ominous rumble of the death carts trundling toward the guillotine, is the heart-stirring tale of a heroic soul in an age gone mad. Their story, which encompasses violence, revenge, love and redemption, is grippingly played out against the backdrop of the terrifying brutality of the French Revolution.
A Tale of Two Cities begins on a muddy English road in an atmosphere charged with mystery and drama, and it ends in the Paris of the French Revolution with one of the most famous acts of self-sacrifice in literature.
This edition reprints the original Everyman introduction by G. Chesterton and includes sixteen illustrations by Phiz. Book Jacket Status: The most famous and perhaps the most popular of his works, it compresses an event of immense complexity to the scale of a family history, with a cast of characters that includes a bloodthirsty ogress and an antihero as believably flawed as any in modern fiction.
Over the years the Modern Library has become a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable, beautifully produced, hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought. The second of eight children, he grew up in a family frequently beset by financial insecurity.
When the family fortunes improved, Charles went back to… More about Charles Dickens. Though its version of the French Revolution is brutally simplified, its engagement with the immense moral themes of rebirth and terror, justice, and sacrifice gets right to the heart of the matter. For every reader in the past hundred and forty years and for hundreds to come, it is an unforgettable ride. Read An Excerpt. Hardcover —. Can you imagine a country in which innocent people are persecuted for their political view?
The closer I look, the more the false imprisonment of Dr. Manette or Charles Darnay becomes something that we deal with in the real world, as well as the fictional one.
Do we really know anything at all about the people around us, even the people we love? Can a single life make a difference in a world filled with hatred, rage, and violence? This was difficult to read but it still managed to captivate me and forgo doing the dishes. I'm quite happy to give this book another chance. Books that disappointed me before might change my mind at some point in my life. As always, I don't confuse my own lack of sympathy with the assumption that, if I don't get it, the book is necessarily flawed.
I think that's why classics endure Some how my review of this got deleted which is good because I think after sitting a while I can appreciate the book more. When I read it it was confusing and slow and then towards the end really picked up and I was kind of disoriented but it gives a really good view into things in the period before the French Revolution.
Learning about it was one thing but reading this made me very sympathetic of the peasants and angry on thier behave, honestly surprised they didn't start rioting sooner. Jun 08, Sidharth Vardhan rated it really liked it Shelves: What fine hidden sensibilities are touched in such a case, no echoes tell; but it is so, and it was so here.
Carton was the first stranger to whom little Lucie held out her chubby arms, and he kept his place with her as she grew. The little boy had spoken of him, almost at the last. Kiss him for me! In fact, he actually managed to portray the Paris of time well enough , IMO, despite his caricature-like characters and the boring tone he often took.
And all that is good but the truth is three of four stars here belong to Sydney Carton. Charles is a boring Mr. Goody Two Shoes; Lucie and her father are no better — too perfect to be likeable. And yet Dickens prefers to give them footage instead of one of most memorable character he would make.
Sydney would be gone for several chapters. Often I was flipping through pages to see how long I have to continue reading before having him back. Also twice would he leave France under assumed identities. Sydney is in Paris to save Charles who had gone there to defend someone else.
Sydney is the only redeeming thing about the novel. In my degradation I have not been so degraded but that the sight of you with your father, and of this home made such a home by you, has stirred old shadows that I thought had died out of me. Since I knew you, I have been troubled by a remorse that I thought would never reproach me again, and have heard whispers from old voices impelling me upward, that I thought were silent for ever.
I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight. A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it. I loved everything DIckens had to say about him: He carried the child over, and before the timid arm was loosed from his neck asked her for a kiss.
He suffers from an inferiority complex probably due to human tendency of measuring the worth of a life in terms of money. I didn't like the ending which was ruined by Sydney's foolishness. Here is what a more reasonable man would have done — he would have let Charles die; then leave Paris with Lucie. But no, he was too short-sighted for all this. Three Cigarettes and a Song A tribute to Charles Dickens and Damien Rice As usual, she had her beautiful smile on when she opened the door and she greeted him with her daily question, addressing him, as she always did, with his last name "How you are doing today, Carton?
The children were waiting for him to arrive as he was their playmate and played the game with the same excitement as they did - only losing deliberately to his younger rivals.
Soon they all took their dinner and then it was time to put the children in their bed.
As per ritual, he told them a bedtime story - a new one every day as their parents would watch and once the children were asleep, he would bow to the parents to take their leave. Today something of a smile in her eyes as he took their leave, brought the grief back in the form of that long familiar heaviness in his throat. He could barely suppress this sudden urge to weep only as long as he was in their sight - but as soon as Lucy closed the door behind him, he broke down, fell to his knees and started crying.
Lucy and her husband who happened to be standing by the window of their room watching him leave as they sometimes did, noticed him losing himself like that and Lucy called for him to come back. He was shocked to hear her voice and realizing she had seen like that. Without turning back he replied that he was alright. But she pleaded in that soft voice of hers which make one submit all one's life to her wishes.
And her husband had already run down and opened the door. He knew what will happen next. His love for her was no secret in the family and even the kids knew it. And they all knew how he preferred nursing his grief in solitude and only came there when he could smile for them. Yet sometimes his heart would find its way to scream when he hadn't yet managed to get himself out of eyeshot and in such cases she won't let him leave until his usual Not exactly cheerful, but nevertheless the smiling look that normally adorned his face.
And through experiments, she had discovered the surest way to bring it back. Though he was apologetic for being such a nuisance, he knew he had to go through the usual ceremony now that Lucy knew how she was feeling. Quite often in these times, he would wish to ask her about himself - who am I? Who am I to you?
But showing great self-control, he won't ask that question, in fact, often didn't say a lot in such times, knowing all he would have said in those times would be reproaches for a woman he should be and was ever so grateful to - for the dream. Without being asked, he took the seat by the fireplace and took the usual three cigarettes for some reason, they always had to be three offered by the husband on Lucy's suggestion who herself went to the piano and started playing and singing the song. It was always the same song.
And he would listen to it, watching the fire as it seemed to carry a secret communication with him and smoking his grief away to the charms of her beautiful voice. And it always worked, she offered very little as consolation that he must have instead of her - three cigarettes and a song, but it was enough, always enough.
By the time he put off the last cigarette and took his leave assuring them he felt better now, his face was illuminated with that same old tired smile. Mar 05, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: After reading this, I immediately decided that I would plan on reading the rest of Dickens books hopefully one every couple of months until I get through them all.
I was completely amazed by his characters who came instantly to life for me and about whose hopes and fears I found myself truly caring. Equally impressive was Dickens' plotting and overall story-telling ability which I thought were noth 6. Equally impressive was Dickens' plotting and overall story-telling ability which I thought were nothing short of masterful. Dickens writing conveyed the passions and turmoil of the French Revolution like few other works of literature I have come across.
In sum, in between two of the most famous first and last lines of any English novel i. View all 4 comments. Jun 25, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is unfortunate because I think this — like all Dickens novels — works best if you just read it naturally without trying to analyze the hell out of it on every page. A Tale of Two Cities has, at least, two characters that are practically legends of fiction. First and foremost is poor Sydney Carton who — in spite of a boxy name — is the true hero of the story.
At any rate you know me as a dissolute dog, who has never done any good, and never will. He is fascinating if a little unbelievable in how far he would go to serve the love of his life, Lucie Manette. She has very little in the way of personality or agency and seems ill-suited to the much deeper Carton I feel another pun coming on.
This makes sense to me, if everybody could be like this, instead of wars and terrorisms we would have mountains of shoes. Which do you prefer? Thank you Video Spark Notes for the art. That is all I know. These colorful characters make the novel for me, the plot is only exciting because we care about the characters. In A Tale of Two Cities Dickens created a microcosm of life during the French Revolution and shows as that even with the heart in the right place much evil is still perpetrated in the name of good.
That still rings true today, unfortunately. Dickens' prose is — of course — awe-inspiring. He effortlessly switches from sardonic, to comical, to lyrical from paragraph to paragraph. There are numerous witty or pithy lines you can quote from, on practically every page.
Having said that, the language is not particularly challenging to read, if you read contemporary fiction regularly I can't imagine why you would have any difficulty reading Dickens, the English language has not mutated that much since Victorian times. A Tale of Two Cities is a book I can recommend to anybody, but especially people who dismiss reading it because they had to read it at school. That is no reason to deprive yourself of a book this enjoyable.
I did say a bit. Thank you!
Thanks, Cecily! View all 27 comments. I don't know Dickens. Is it you? Or is it me? I keep reminding myself that this isn't typical fare of his. Much shorter, written weekly, full of plot, tight on character development, short on the waffle. Does this make it one of his best, or one of his worst? I have to admit, that for the majority of my time listening to this on audiobook, I kept forgetting what novel it was.
I've recently read The Count of Monte Cristo, so in my head Manette was morphing into the Count, but a lesser version. The I don't know Dickens. Then I kept being reminded of Les Mis, but again, with inferior characters. I felt they were only superficially drawn characters and needed more development for me to get to know them, but this never really happened.
So although I enjoyed aspects of the plot, especially the action in the last few chapters, this wasn't enough. Ultimately, the jury is still out for me and Dickens, but I'll persevere and read a few more examples yet. View all 23 comments. Nov 13, Duane rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the greatest novels ever written. I've never seen a ranking that didn't include this novel. If you have ever wondered what it was like to live through the French Revolution, then read this novel.
Through Dickens' words you feel the anger, the hopelessness, the insecurity, and most of all the fear that enveloped everyone.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to read this masterpiece. Apr 11, Paul E. Morph rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a re-read of an old favourite for me.
It's been about 25 years, though, so long overdue. I'm not even going to try to review this masterpiece but let me just say one thing: Both those quotes? From this book. Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Isn't each era full of everything that is best and worst, full of hope and despair, of improvement and destruction?
What makes me feel hope? Reading Dickens! So to the world, in its usual state of despair, a greeting from the literary realm of hope. I'll go back to my knitting now!
View 2 comments. Feb 24, Debra rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can still see him up there in front of the room, leaning on the lectern, talking about Dickens and this particular book. Thinking back on this time, I can say this is the first Classic book that I loved. I loved the romance, heroism, the courage, the sacrifice. As a teenage girl th "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.
As a teenage girl this book seemed so sad yet so romantic. When I think of Dickens I think of Mr. Stahler and the discussions of this book in his classroom.
A time of intrigue, bloodshed, danger, love, romance, terror, betrayal, hunger, and vengeance. The social classes in France are at war. The poor seeking revenge against the aristocracy. Dickens explains this in a simple fashion. His gift is giving us people on both sides of the battle. We can be sympathetic to the individual characters. Who is innocent? Who is guilty?
And at the end of the day, does it even really matter? Mancette is released from prison. They go to England where they hope to live and be free of the past. But their plan is not to be as the pair is summoned back to Paris where they have to testify agains Charles Darnay. Darnay, like Mancette, has been wrongly accused of treason. Let it be said that Darney also looks almost exactly like another man in the proceedings, Sydney Carton. Today we might say "really looking exactly like another person?
How cheesy! Boy does it work. True, this was written years and years ago. Yes, some of the language and writing might seem hard to digest. But perhaps, if you give this a go, stick with it, you will see the beauty of this book. Brilliant tale with brilliant storytelling. A Pleasure. I have read this three times, each time enjoying it more and more. Each time finding something else to love about it.
Each time I am in awe. A favorite! Feb 16, Erik rated it did not like it Shelves: A Tale of Two Cities holds the dubious honor of being the first book I ever picked up and failed to finish. The very first.
From there, it's all gone downhill. Just look at my reviews where I casually admit to throwing away classics unread. If you enjoy the little things, like being sane and not hating life, then I recommend you never pick this up. View all 35 comments. I first read A Tale of Two Cities as a high school sophomore.
I have a vivid memory of my English book laid flat on my desk, though it seems odd to me now that the whole story was in a textbook. While this reread with the Dickens Fellowship of New Orleans -- not a teenager in the group perhaps brought to light for me some of the non-perfection of this work, the opening paragraph not just its famous first phrase ; the unbearable heart-pounding pacing of the carriage rides; and the entire last chapter not just the famous last sentence retained every bit of their power.
View all 12 comments. March Book Review 1 1 Mar 31, Readers Also Enjoyed. About Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens. Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.
His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity. Dicke Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.
Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors' prison.
Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children's rights, education, and other social reforms.
Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age. His novella, A Christmas Carol , remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre. Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London. Dickens's creative genius has been praised by fellow writers—from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G.
Chesterton—for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism. The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.