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A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of t A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period.


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A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of t A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period.

30 review for A Tale of Two Cities (Classics Illustrated #6)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

    This is a completely different 'Classic Illustrated' edition of 'A Tale of Two Cities' than that published under the same banner in 1952; it has new artwork and a changed dialogue from that of the earlier edition, whilst, of course, retaining the essence of the tale. And it still begins when it was 'The best of times, the worst of times' and 'the age of foolishness, the spring of hope and the winter of despair'. Then, after these preliminaries, a carriage is stopped and one of the passengers, Jar This is a completely different 'Classic Illustrated' edition of 'A Tale of Two Cities' than that published under the same banner in 1952; it has new artwork and a changed dialogue from that of the earlier edition, whilst, of course, retaining the essence of the tale. And it still begins when it was 'The best of times, the worst of times' and 'the age of foolishness, the spring of hope and the winter of despair'. Then, after these preliminaries, a carriage is stopped and one of the passengers, Jarvis Lorry, is given a message to meet Lucie Manette at Dover. This meeting sets in motion the whole chain of events that leads to Lucie's father, Dr Manette, being freed from captivity then going to reside in England. And on the way across the Channel Lucie meets Charles Darnay and the pair fall in love and eventually marry. Before the marriage Darnay confides in Dr Manette that he is one of the Evremonde family but assures the doctor that he has renounced all his claims and has left his property in the charge of a servant. That servant is eventually arrested and Darnay goes over to France to speak on his behalf and arrange for his release. While he is there Madame Defarge and her husband find out Darnay's real name and arrange for him to be arrested because he was one of the aristocrats but once the judge and jury realise that he hadreturned to France only to arrange freedom for his servant, he is acquitted. However the Deffarges are not happy and they trump up another charge against him and forge some documentation supposedly prepared by Dr Manette when he was in prison. This time, despite the please of Lucie and the doctor, who had gone over to France to speak on his behalf, he is found guilty of treason and arrested once more. Darnay is committed imprisoned prior to going to the guillotine and Lucie and the doctor are distraught and are on the point of being arrested themselves for being part of Darnay's family. But a friend that Darnay had met in England, Sydney Carton, also travels to France and in an exciting climax, he arranges for Lucie and the doctor, along with their servant, to flee in a carriage while he does the one thing that he feels he must do ... and that is to change places with Darnay so that the latter may also return to England with his family. And that is the 'far, far better thing' that he does as everyone else involved gets safely away to England. This edition has an interesting (unacknowledged) essay at the end 'Dickens on Revolution', which theorises on Dickens' views on the Parisian mob of the time. It is an entertaining end to an excellent (and vibrantly illustrated) re-telling of this classic tale.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Canavan

    ✭✭✭½

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous

    1775 Jarvis Lorry meets Lucie Manette at Dover. As a parting gift the Bastille prison has led Lucie’s father Alexandre to insanity. On the way back to London Lucie meets Charles Darnay at the port. 5 years later Lucie appears as a witness saving Darnay on the charge of treason. France is in turmoil, rich filling their pockets while the public starve. Darnay asks for Lucie’s hand in marriage to Alexandre. [One thing i must appreciate is how parents value their child’s consent with a marriage prop 1775 Jarvis Lorry meets Lucie Manette at Dover. As a parting gift the Bastille prison has led Lucie’s father Alexandre to insanity. On the way back to London Lucie meets Charles Darnay at the port. 5 years later Lucie appears as a witness saving Darnay on the charge of treason. France is in turmoil, rich filling their pockets while the public starve. Darnay asks for Lucie’s hand in marriage to Alexandre. [One thing i must appreciate is how parents value their child’s consent with a marriage proposal. It’s unlike as in classical Indian novels with arranged marriage.] Darnay reveals him to be from the family of Marquis Saint Evermonde who are infamous in France and Alexandre makes him promise to conceal his identity forever. Years past the breeze of revolution is starting to blow in France. On the fateful evening of 14th July 1789, revolutionaries march to Bastille. In 1792 Darnay gets a message from his servant Gabelle to whom he had left the duties to his estate. He leaves leaving a letter to his wife and daughter. And is imprisoned in France. The family moved to France, 15 months past Darnay is tried. The vote is in favour and he is freed. That evening he is arrested again by the complaint of Defarge couple and allegedly Alexandre. Turns out it was Darnay’s twin uncles that Alexandre had denounced decades ago for exploitation of peasants. And hence the burden of the deeds of his family men fell on poor Darnay. There was little hope left for Darnay which flowed down the gutter when that evening Alexandre lost his sanity. Lorry, Carton plan to escape France with Manettes. Carton who is doppelgänger of Darnay visits him in prison and plans to get him safe to Lucie and takes his place. Sydney Carton sacrifices himself for the sake of Lucie and her daughter.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    Historical fiction is a difficult genre, for the end result is generally known to the reader. The author must either embellish what has happened, interpolate into the unknown or wander from history enough to stay close to the reality. With hindsight, it is easy to see that the French Revolution was going to happen. Over time, the French society had become the poor masses and the small, rich aristocracy that cared little for the poor. It then quickly evolved into a reign of terror, where people Historical fiction is a difficult genre, for the end result is generally known to the reader. The author must either embellish what has happened, interpolate into the unknown or wander from history enough to stay close to the reality. With hindsight, it is easy to see that the French Revolution was going to happen. Over time, the French society had become the poor masses and the small, rich aristocracy that cared little for the poor. It then quickly evolved into a reign of terror, where people were denounced and killed for many real and imagined transgressions. Even the members of the aristocracy that were kind and helpful to the poor lost their lives. Dickens captures all of that, starting with one of the best opening lines to a novel ever written. He describes the despair of the poor, the haughtiness of the wealthy and the conflicts that raged and swallowed the innocent and guilty alike. The last line of the novel is also one of the best closing lines to a novel ever written. This comic captures the essence of this classic story, serving as a primer for what is a complicated tale involving people in both Britain and France. The novel is both an example of some of the best writing ever done as well as the history of a convulsive time in a country that tore itself apart. It also captures one of the best instances of self-sacrifice ever written, when Sydney Carton faces death by guillotine.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Osama Siddique

    What a fabulous success this was both as an adaptation and in terms of illustrations. Easily one of the best of the series that used Dicken's poetic prose to great effect through its selection and created a compelling pictorial version of the uncertainty, tragedy, anger and menace of the France of the Revolution. A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorite novels by any author and even in Dicken's oeuvre it stands apart for its theme, treatment and prose. It is unclear whether Stanley Zuckerberg What a fabulous success this was both as an adaptation and in terms of illustrations. Easily one of the best of the series that used Dicken's poetic prose to great effect through its selection and created a compelling pictorial version of the uncertainty, tragedy, anger and menace of the France of the Revolution. A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorite novels by any author and even in Dicken's oeuvre it stands apart for its theme, treatment and prose. It is unclear whether Stanley Zuckerberg or Norman Nodel is the illustrator of this particular version but Norman Nodel looks more likely. He and Albert Lewis Kanter as the adapter have done a superb job.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jude Brigley

    When I was 7 or 8, on holidays in Oystermouth, my father bought me this ‘comic’ in the newsagents. I loved it so much but there was one frame where wicked old Aristocrat lies dead with a dagger in him that terrified me. I went on to read the full novel soon after because I liked the comic so much. It was great to relive the thrill and the memories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dale Muckerman

    I read this prior to re-reading the novel, A Tale of Two Cities. I had read the complete novel about 20 years ago. The classics comic provided a good review of the characters and essential plot points. The comic does a pretty good job of telling the story even though it simplifies some of the plot and doesn't do justice to the minor characters. I read this prior to re-reading the novel, A Tale of Two Cities. I had read the complete novel about 20 years ago. The classics comic provided a good review of the characters and essential plot points. The comic does a pretty good job of telling the story even though it simplifies some of the plot and doesn't do justice to the minor characters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kayla McGill

    Just super depressing - generally a good book! Also has a great intro that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen used in one of their movies..altered of course. Charles Dickens can rest easy knowing his literary greatness has been achieved because the Olsen twins paraphrased him.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Harish 2

    intresting

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adyasa Tripathy

  11. 5 out of 5

    RazoDrn10

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark Haywood

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angrybird3

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gus

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tab Smith

  17. 4 out of 5

    Suryaansh Jain

  18. 5 out of 5

    PJ

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cliff Wadkins

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steven Mcbride

  23. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm Storey

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amber Jillard

  25. 4 out of 5

    wayne

  26. 5 out of 5

    ErikWM

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tom Hartmann

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeicy

  29. 4 out of 5

    FenixPVZ

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolina

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