A Tale of Two Cities

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Book Facts

  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • First Published: 1859
  • Origin Country: United Kingdom
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: Public Domain
  • Format: PDF

Book Description

The story of A Tale of Two Cities is based on several different sources of history that when put together tells the story of a French doctor who was imprisoned for 18 years.

Upon his release, the doctor went to live in London with his daughter that he had never met before.

After some time in England, the main character heads back to France to collect some belonging but is intercepted by officials who imprison him for being an exile.

All of this took place during the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror roughly 75 years before this book was released in 1859.

This book is said to be the best-selling novel of all time and has been adapted into countless films and live performances.

At the start of the book is the famous line “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” that can be seen regularly in popular culture.

Reading through the book you will notice that the story is split into three parts, separating the large blocks of time and the major shifts in the location of the character.

After the success of this book, Charles Dickens went on to release Great Expectations just a year later in 1960.

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