A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

And, Great Expectations

eBook - 2010
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Penguin Putnam
Two of the most beloved novels in all of English literature-together in one extraordinary volume.

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of the 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 roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of the guillotine.

A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor- these form a series of events that changes the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens's haunting late novel depicts Pip's education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his "great expectations."


Baker & Taylor
Presents the classic tale of love, courage, and sacrifice set against the cataclysmic events of the French Revolution, and the story of the orphan Pip and his rise in Victorian society when a mysterious benefactor allows him to be educated as a gentleman.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781101499511
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Here is a Dickens book I could get into! Fascinating historical details.

Apr 29, 2011

This publication is Bad News in being overly chopped/rewritten, reedited, etc. for 2 publications that were published and have been successfully available for hundreds of years, by an authour (Dickens) who was writing for and about the common people of London at that time.

But I can only assume that such an apparent mucking up of these works and placing them between prettily patterned and coloured covers is required to sell yourself as seeming to be republishing these same works to appeal to the 'common people' of North America, and to turn a profit on the exercise.

dragonsnakes Mar 07, 2011

I have read quite a number of Dickens' titles, but have to say that this one is one of my favourites.

debwalker Jan 21, 2011

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