A Tale of Two Cities Book Summary and Study Guide

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Sydney Carton, a bright young man who has seemingly wasted his life, acts behind the scenes to effect a higher justice within the maelstrom of power struggles and spy intrigues between France and England, and persecutions by the government and the governed in France. He loves a young French woman named Lucie Manette, who marries his good friend Charles Darnay, a teacher of languages with a secret aristocratic background. Set against the fiery backdrop of the French Revolution, _A Tale_ seems quite different from Dickens's other famous novels, but has little to do with politics -- it is, in fact, antipolitical. It's more a story of personal loyalty, friendship, and communion, even in turbulent times.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

What can be said about a book which provides us with the single finest opening line in English literature, outside of Genesis 1:1 in the KJV? Dicken's was, without any doubt whatsoever, the finest writer of historical literature/romance fiction of the 19th century. In this book, he presents the story of a rogue who redeems his character by giving his life to the Tyrants that ran the french Revolution in exchange for the life of the husband of the woman he loves. It is certainly, a far, far better thing than he had ever done...
The review of this Book prepared by Kelly Whiting

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism    -   death penalty Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Revolution, general Lover is    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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