|Plot Summary of A Tale of Two Cities|
|"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..."
Kelly Whiting, Resident Scholar
|"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."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of A Tale of Two Cities|
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Time/era of story
- 18th century
- 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
- Revolution, general
- of a different social class
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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