A tale of two cities /
Charles Dickens ; edited with an introduction by George Woodcock; and illustrations by Hablot K. Browne ('Phiz').
Harmondsworth : Penguin, c1970,
410 p. : ill. --
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-09-15:
Dickens's preeminent and most overtly political novel, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, radiates with relevance 150 years after its initial publication through two-time Audie Award winner Simon Vance's exceptional reading. Vance's ability to embody myriad voices and seamlessly transition between narration and alternating dialects and accents accentuates the linguistic and narrative vivacity of the text. Because of both the novel's canonized status and Vance's meticulous interpretation of it, recommended for all libraries, particularly those emphasizing the English classics. [With bonus PDF ebook; audio clip available through A musical version of Tale, with words, lyrics, and book by Jill Santoriello, opens on Broadway this month.--Ed.]--Christopher Rager, Pasadena, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Main Description
The timeless classic of love and sacrifice during the French Revolution! With insight and compassion, Dickens casts his tale with such memorable characters as the evil Madame Defarge and her knitted patterns of death, the gentle Lucie Manette and her unfailing devotion to her downtrodden father, and the courageous Sydney Carton, who would give his own love--and life--for a woman that would never be his.
Unpaid Annotation
One of Dickens's most haunting novels, A Tale of Two Cities has, since its first serial publication in 1859, continued to exert a grip on the popular imagination. The two cities of the title -- a lethal, vengeful Paris during the French Revolution and a leafy, tranquil London -- are only one of the novel's stark dichotomies, which are continued as Syndey Carton and Charles Darnay are drawn toward their separate destinies -- their lives touched by the same woman.In his absorbing Introduction, Richard Maxwell discusses the novel's intricate design, in which Dickens magnificently interweaves epic drama with personal tragedy. Comparing it to Thomas Carlyle's French Revolution and Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, Maxwell argues that A Tale of Two Cities "stands as Dickens's most memorable effort to see a world in a very small space; a work short by its nature ... yet curiously at its ease among giants".
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
A Dickens Chronologyp. xxxiv
A Timelinep. xxxviii
Further Readingp. xli
A Note on the Textp. xlviii
A Tale of two Citiesp. 1
On the Illustrationsp. 391
Dedication and Preface to First Volume Editionp. 397
Dickens and His Sourcesp. 399
Running Titles Added in 1867-8p. 444
Notesp. 448
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