A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Its immortal opening lines, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." set the stage for a sweeping narrative that combines drama, glory, honor, history, romance, brutality, sacrifice and resurrection.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is one of the most widely read and famous works of historical fiction in the English language. Dickens had recently launched his magazine All the Year Round in 1859. In the same year, he began featuring A Tale of Two Cities in 31 weekly installments in his new magazine. The book was eventually combined into a single copy and split into three major sections as it is presented today.

In this epic tale of love and tragedy set during the turbulent times of the French Revolution in 1789, the motif of two's appears constantly as opposing sides of the same coin. London and Paris are the two cities, Sidney Carton and Charles Darnay are the two heroes, Lucie Manette and Madame Defarge are the pure and evil women respectively, and these along with shadows and darkness, sacrifice and dishonor, brutality and spirituality form the recurring dual motifs in the novel.

Sidney Carton, a young, debauched and dissolute English barrister defends a young French aristocrat Charles Darnay accused of treason in London. The two bear a striking resemblance to each other. Lucie Manette, a lovely young French girl and her father Dr. Manette, who had suffered under the atrocities of the nobility in France, now live a quiet life in London. Charles and Lucie are in love, but Sidney Carton also falls in love with her. Meanwhile in France, the storm of revolution is about to break. A wine store owner and Dr. Manette's former servant, Monsieur Defarge, leads the revolutionaries. His wife, Madame Defarge is a vicious woman who revels in cruelty. She too has suffered under the aristocratic regime and now seeks to destroy all those who persecuted her. Charles Darnay returns to Paris to rescue an old servant of his who has been captured by the revolutionaries. He is captured by the rebels and condemned to be executed by guillotine. The story then takes several dramatic twists and turns before reaching its final and most unexpected conclusion.

As one of the most exciting and deeply moving stories penned by a brilliant and gifted story teller, A Tale of Two Cities is indeed a riveting and unforgettable experience for readers of all ages.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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01 - Bk1 Ch01 - The Period
7 minutes

01 - Bk1 Ch01 - The Period

02 - Bk1 Ch02 - The Mail
13 minutes

02 - Bk1 Ch02 - The Mail

04 - Bk1 Ch04 - The Preparation
29 minutes

04 - Bk1 Ch04 - The Preparation

05 - Bk1 Ch05 - The Wine Shop
28 minutes

05 - Bk1 Ch05 - The Wine Shop

06 - Bk1 Ch06 - The Shoemaker
28 minutes

06 - Bk1 Ch06 - The Shoemaker

08 - Bk2 Ch02 - A Sight
16 minutes

08 - Bk2 Ch02 - A Sight

10 - Bk2 Ch04 - Congratulatory
15 minutes

10 - Bk2 Ch04 - Congratulatory

11 - Bk2 Ch05 - The Jackal
14 minutes

11 - Bk2 Ch05 - The Jackal

16 - Bk2 Ch10 - Two Promises
19 minutes

16 - Bk2 Ch10 - Two Promises

21 - Bk2 Ch15 - Knitting
28 minutes

21 - Bk2 Ch15 - Knitting

22 - Bk2 Ch16 - Still Knitting
27 minutes

22 - Bk2 Ch16 - Still Knitting

23 - Bk2 Ch17 - One Night
13 minutes

23 - Bk2 Ch17 - One Night

24 - Bk2 Ch18 - Nine Days
16 minutes

24 - Bk2 Ch18 - Nine Days

25 - Bk2 Ch19 - An Opinion
19 minutes

25 - Bk2 Ch19 - An Opinion

26 - Bk2 Ch20 - A Plea
9 minutes

26 - Bk2 Ch20 - A Plea

29 - Bk2 Ch23 - Fire Rises
20 minutes

29 - Bk2 Ch23 - Fire Rises

31 - Bk3 Ch01 - In Secret
31 minutes

31 - Bk3 Ch01 - In Secret

32 - Bk3 Ch02 - The Grindstone
18 minutes

32 - Bk3 Ch02 - The Grindstone

33 - Bk3 Ch03 - The Shadow
12 minutes

33 - Bk3 Ch03 - The Shadow

34 - Bk3 Ch04 - Calm in Storm
15 minutes

34 - Bk3 Ch04 - Calm in Storm

35 - Bk3 Ch05 - The Wood Sawyer
16 minutes

35 - Bk3 Ch05 - The Wood Sawyer

36 - Bk3 Ch06 - Triumph
17 minutes

36 - Bk3 Ch06 - Triumph

38 - Bk3 Ch08 - A Hand at Cards
31 minutes

38 - Bk3 Ch08 - A Hand at Cards

39 - Bk3 Ch09 - The Game Made
31 minutes

39 - Bk3 Ch09 - The Game Made

41 - Bk3 Ch11 - Dusk
10 minutes

41 - Bk3 Ch11 - Dusk

42 - Bk3 Ch12 - Darkness
22 minutes

42 - Bk3 Ch12 - Darkness

43 - Bk3 Ch13 - Fifty-two
30 minutes

43 - Bk3 Ch13 - Fifty-two

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