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A Tale of Two Cities | [Charles Dickens]

A Tale of Two Cities

The "two cities" are Paris in the time of the French Revolution, and London. Dr. Manette, a French physician, having been called in to treat a young peasant and his sister, realizes that they have been cruelly abused by the Marquis de St. Evremonde and his brother. To ensure Dr. Manette's silence, the Marquis has him confined for 18 years in the Bastille. The doctor has just been released, demented, when the story opens.
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The "two cities" are Paris in the time of the French Revolution, and London. Dr. Manette, a French physician, having been called in to treat a young peasant and his sister, realizes that they have been cruelly abused by the Marquis de St. Evremonde and his brother. To ensure Dr. Manette's silence, the Marquis has him confined for 18 years in the Bastille. The doctor has just been released, demented, when the story opens. He is brought to England where he gradually recovers his health and his sanity.

Charles Darnay, concealing under that false name his identity as the nephew of the cruel Marquis, has left France and renounced his heritage. He falls in love with Lucie, Dr. Manette's daughter, and they are happily married. During the Terror, he goes to Paris to save a servant condemned by the mob. Darnay himself is arrested, condemned to death, and is saved at the last moment by Sydney Carton, a reckless wastrel who acts out of devotion to Lucie. Carton smuggles Darnay out of prison and takes his place on the scaffold, declaring "It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done before," surely one of the most quoted lines in all the history of literature.

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    This classic teetered between 3 and 4 stars but feel like its conclusion pushed it to the higher rating. I think the story was hindered by a narration that approached histrionic proportions. There were also pockets of dialogue that left me alternately bored and confused. Through it all, I was able to filter the characteristics that made this novel one that has been read and studied for many generations of students and others. I was supposed to read it in ninth grade, I think, and feel like I would have been throughly baffled by it back then. Maybe that's why I gave up early. Some 45 years later it made a positive impression upon me and I'm glad I listened to it. With better narration, it would have been more enjoyable.

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    I love this book, but I had to stop listening to this version due to the narrator. I loved Buck Schirner read Uncle Tom's Cabin, but A Tale of Two Cities needs a person who reads the English accents as well as the French accents with authenticity.

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