A tale of Two cities – Charles Dickens

367 pages and I’ve watched alongside the 1980 adaptation.

‘Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; — the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!’

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

This edition uses the text as it appeared in its serial publication in 1859 to convey the full scope of Dickens’s vision, and includes the original illustrations by H. K. Browne (‘Phiz’). Richard Maxwell’s introduction discusses the intricate interweaving of epic drama with personal tragedy.

my thoughts: If you loved les miserables by Victor Hugo, you’ll love this one. it is at the brink of the war telling how Charles Darwin left France and left behind his selfish aristocrat uncle who cared for nothing and no one but himself. It tells a tale of how he was accused  a spy and proven not guilty because of a rookie lawyers running plan. the characters were likable and the story was really well done it was easily understandable and a lot less cringeworthy than les miserables for me.

the reason why I’ve read it in the first place is because im collecting the classics with the yellow spine and little picture on top that is on the cover and the “penguin popular classics ” and the title and author is in a circle. im not sure why but I find this particular edition the most aesthetically pleasing.

I gave the book 4/5 stars on goodreads.

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