A Tale of Two Cities

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Courier Corporation, 2001 - Fiction - 544 pages
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It was the time of the French Revolution — a time of great change and great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, and rarely was a distinction made between the innocent and the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens' great story of unsurpassed adventure and courage unfolds.
Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, and safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it though, the pair are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman — Charles Darnay — falsely accused of treason. Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom, the dissolute lawyer's clerk Sydney Carton. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once. Brilliantly plotted, the novel is rich in drama, romance, and heroics that culminate in a daring prison escape in the shadow of the guillotine.

 

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写得是如此成功,以至于这本书能穿透历史来到当代社会的广大读者面前,呈现的是不在同一个时代却有着相同主题--爱情--的吸引人的英文小说。

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The Period
1
The Mail
5
The Night Shadows
13
The Preparation
19
The Wineshop
36
The Shoemaker
52
Five Years Later
68
A Sight
77
Nine Days
265
An Opinion
274
A Plea
285
Echoing Footsteps
290
The Sea Still Rises
307
Fire Rises
314
Drawn to the Loadstone Rock
325
In Secret
342

A Disappointment
86
Congratulatory
106
The Jackal
115
Hundreds of People
123
Monseigneur in Town
141
Monseigneur in the Country
154
The Gorgons Head
162
Two Promises
178
A Companion Picture
189
The Fellow of Delicacy
194
The Fellow of No Delicacy
204
The Honest Tradesman
211
Knitting
226
Still Knitting
242
One Night
258
The Grindstone
359
The Shadow
368
Calm in Storm
375
The Woodsawyer
383
Triumph
392
A Knock at the Door
402
A Hand at Cards
409
The Game Made
428
The Substance of the Shadow
445
Dusk
467
Darkness
472
Fiftytwo
485
The Knitting Done
502
The Footsteps Die Out for Ever
520
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Charles Dickens, perhaps the best British novelist of the Victorian era, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on February 7, 1812. His happy early childhood was interrupted when his father was sent to debtors' prison, and young Dickens had to go to work in a factory at age twelve. Later, he took jobs as an office boy and journalist before publishing essays and stories in the 1830s. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers, made him a famous and popular author at the age of twenty-five. Subsequent works were published serially in periodicals and cemented his reputation as a master of colorful characterization, and as a harsh critic of social evils and corrupt institutions. His many books include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens married Catherine Hogarth in 1836, and the couple had nine children before separating in 1858 when he began a long affair with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. Despite the scandal, Dickens remained a public figure, appearing often to read his fiction. He died in 1870, leaving his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished.

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