|Plot Summary of A Tale of Two Cities|
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.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
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...
This synopsis report prepared by Kelly Whiting
|Chapter Analysis of A Tale of Two Cities|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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