A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

In Brief

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and in London a young French aristocrat falls in love with the daughter of a former Bastille prisoner. The chaos and bloodshed of the French Revolution seem far away, until Charles Darnay is forced to return to Paris. His arrest and imminent execution inspire one of the most heroic cases of self-sacrifice in all literature.

Why you should read it

A heartbreaking story of tyranny and self-sacrifice, this masterful novel is many things: escape thriller, historical portrait, courtroom drama, revenge tragedy and love triangle. From its famous opening lines to its even more famous closing lines, this is one of Dickens' most powerful and poignant books.

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