A Bookrevie Of Charles Dickens'a Tale Of Two Cities

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Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities published by Dodd, Mead and Company, inc. is definitely an action-packed novel. It has everything from grave robbers to a sappy love story with heroes. The story is set in London and Paris during the French Revolution. The book starts with Lucie Manette learning that her father, Doctor Manette has been secretly locked in prison for eighteen years, and is alive. Mr. Lorry, a friend of the family takes Lucie to go get her father, since he has been released. After Doctor Manette returns home, he sometimes goes into a relapse and thinks he is still in prison. After several years he starts to get better and begins to be happy. Charles Darnay falls in love with Lucie and they get married. Lucie and Darnay have two children: one girl and one boy, but the boy dies a few years later.Meanwhile, Madame Defarge has stitched Darnay and Mr. Lorry's name into her register, basically sentencing them both to death. Sydney Carton, a lawyer, also falls in love with Lucie, but he knows he does not have a chance to be with her. Knowing this, he decides to pledge to give his life to protect her or someone she loves. Several years later, Darnay Goes to Paris to try to help Gabelle, an old servant of his who is in jail, and finish some unfinished family business. While he is in Paris, he is captured and is going to trial. Doctor Manette writes some letters and keeps Darnay safe even though he is in jail. Darnay goes to trial and is found innocent. Though he was released from prison after the trial his freedom is short.The next day he is arrested again because the Defarges are accusing him of treason. This time he is sentenced to the guillotine. Meanwhile, Madame Defarge plans to get Lucie, Lucie's father, and her daughter for treason. Madame Defarge is going to try to use their grief to condemn them, because it is treasonous to mourn the death of someone who has committed treason. She goes to accuse Lucie, her father, and her daughter, but is killed in a struggle with Miss Pross, a minor character in the novel.Since Carton looks almost physically identical to Darnay, Carton decides to trade places with him in jail. Carton and Darnay trade clothes and Carton drugs Darnay so Darnay can be carried out of prison. The book ends with Lucie and her family, including her husband Darnay, escaping back to England, while Carton goes to the guillotine instead of Darnay.Charles Dickens grew up in England, mostly in the city of London. He uses his general knowledge of London and Paris to write this novel. To me he is not trying to be historically correct because he is writing historical Fiction. He...

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