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When the starving French masses rise in hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause — La Guillotine — the new invention for efficiently chopping off heads.

Charles Dickens' compelling portrait of the results of terror and treason, love and supreme sacrifice continues to captivate readers around the world. With Frank Muller's brilliant performance, unforgettable characters — the ever-knitting Madame Defarge, the lovely Lucie Manette, her broken father, the honorable Charles Darnay, and the sometimes scurrilous Sydney Carton — burst from the pages, full of life and passion.

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"Reprinted with updated editorial material, revised Dickens chronology and new appendix"--T.p. verso.

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After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

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Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorneys clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

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Kacey, July 11, 2014 (view all comments by Kacey)
A little slow at first, but wow does it sure get exciting. My favorite classic to date!
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Joey S, January 6, 2011 (view all comments by Joey S)
Classic and beautiful. Everyone should read it at least once.
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most amazing book i ever read
complete understanding of the French Revolution
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141439600
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Notes by:
Maxwell, Richard
Editor:
Maxwell, Richard
Author:
Maxwell, Richard
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
18th century
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
7.98x5.06x.97 in. .81 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille the aging Dr Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil lanes of London, they are all drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror and soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.
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