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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. 4 out of 5

    Canavan

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  3. 4 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.

  4. 5 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.

  5. 5 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.

  6. 4 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Harish 2

    intresting

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adyasa Tripathy

  9. 4 out of 5

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Mark Haywood

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angrybird3

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gus

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    Tab Smith

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suryaansh Jain

  15. 4 out of 5

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    Andrea

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    Cliff Wadkins

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Benton

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    Steven Mcbride

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

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    Tom Hartmann

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    FenixPVZ

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carolina

  27. 4 out of 5

    WESTON Coletta

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rowena Chang

  29. 4 out of 5

    Thesexyman19

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elisha Liew

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