A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities

By Charles Dickens

  • Release Date: 2000-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,866 Ratings


The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised 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 time period. It follows the lives of several characters through these events.


  • Compelling

    By W. Grey Champion
    I’m bereft whenever I finish a Dickens novel, but bless the man’s prodigiousness! This classic is a spellbinding tale of the French Revolution. I thought Dickens would follow the fugitives to safe shores in the end and perhaps reveal why Carton and Darnay looked so alike- was Sydney the bastard son of Darnay's father or uncle? It’s long- but not long enough!
  • Thank you for the free book!

    By AlsoNotBornYesterday
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  • A Tale of Two Cities

    By Tulip Admirer
    A well presented, sobering story set in a troublesome time in history — showing us the breadth of the capabilities of mankind, from massive depravity to selfless actions of a few who put others above themselves. Makes one think about the present world and how we each can see how choices in the pathways of life shape who we are and what we become.
  • My favorite book of all time

    By 68black
  • Great

    By Environmently Friendly
    This book is very useful for me.
  • C

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  • Beautiful

    By nickel.ouais
    This piece of historical fiction captured my heart. Resurrection, redemption, and rising up for the repressed during an age of revolution. A powerful story with a meaningful ending, as well as unique and lovable characters. Sydney Carton, you have my whole heart.
  • Classic and beautiful

    By Sdkb
    There are a lot of challenging words to get through but if you persevere, the story is a beautiful one
  • Classic for a reason

    By DocOmaha
    Quintessential Dickensian twists, turns, and interweaving of characters wrapped up with a perfect conclusion. Frequently brought tears to my eyes.
  • Starts off slow, finishes brilliantly

    By RickPutnum
    Reading the first half of this novel, you may wonder what is all the hype about this classic?! But Dickens is a master of slow and steady. He starts off with the separate stories of ~10 vaguely interesting characters. But keep reading. Slowly, the stories of characters become intertwined in a way that you could not have imagined. And keep reading. By the end he has knitted them together into one marvelous masterpiece of a story. Simply, wow.