A Tale of Two Cities is a historical novel written by Charles Dickens and first published in 1859. The two cities referred to in the title are London and Paris in the context of the French Revolution.
Mr. Jarvis is an employee of the London bank Tellson, which also has a branch in France. He learns that Alexandre Mannette, a friend of his, has been released from the Bastille after eighteen years of imprisonment. After hearing the news, he decides to tell Lucie Manette about her father's existence, of which he was unaware, and the news that he is free. They both travel to France to try to bring him to London.
The action then moves to Paris, where we learn about the poverty of its inhabitants and the discontent that existed in the years leading up to the French Revolution.
It is one of Dickens' darkest works, where he leaves aside his characteristic humor and deals with issues such as injustice, anarchy or imprisonment. Dickens masterfully reflects the social injustices that caused the end of the French aristocracy and the beginning of some turbulent years of profound changes not only in France, but throughout Europe.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way..."
11 hours 24 minutes (136873 words)
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