A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations (Oprah's Book Club 2010 Selection)

A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations (Oprah's Book Club 2010 Selection)

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A Tale of Two Cities is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, and it ranks amongst the most famous works in the history of fictional literature.

The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several protagonists through these events. The most notable are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. Darnay is a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Carton is a dissipated British barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of his unrequited love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette.


Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens. It was first published in serial form in the publication All the Year Round from 1 December 1860 to August 1861. It has been adapted for stage and screen over 250 times.

Great Expectations is the story of the orphan Pip, writing about his life (and attempting to become a gentleman along the way). The novel, like much of Dickens's work, draws on his experiences of life and people.

The main plot of Great Expectations takes place between Christmas Eve 1812, when the protagonist is about seven years old (and which happens to be the year of Dickens' birth), and the winter of 1840.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011976919
Publisher: Codex Ebook Services
Publication date: 12/22/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 327,481
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Charles Dickens was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature's most iconic characters.

Many of his novels, with their recurrent concern for social reform, first appeared in magazines in serialized form, a popular format at the time. Unlike other authors who completed entire novels before serialization, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialized. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next installment. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.

His work has been praised for its mastery of prose and unique personalities by writers such as George Gissing, Leo Tolstoy and G. K. Chesterton.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England

Education:

Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
Pulpsmith More than 1 year ago
The novels and stories of Charles Dickens have been with us for almost 200 years for a reason. He is simply one of the best (some say, THE best) novelist who ever lived. Originally released in serialized form in magazines, each fresh installment would create an uproar as thousands of rabid readers rushed bookshops for the latest part fresh off the presses. In the United States, the ships carrying the magazine issues from England would often be stormed by readers who couldn't even wait for them to be unloaded. Such was the fervor Dickens' writing created. With A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, you have two of his best novels in one handy volume and at a great price. Great Expectations has been called "the only perfect novel" by critics. It's a tale of redemption, secrets, romance and tragedy. There is something for everyone to savor in this timeless novel and like all great fiction, there is also valuable lessons to be learned. Dickens wrote for the people and though his style is outdated by today's standards, you'll find the themes and scenes are very much of the street and deal with everyday cares and concerns. It is the strength of this aspect of his writing that has led to its enduring through the centuries. A Tale of Two Cities has twists that have been echoed in countless stories since then. This novel of the French Revolution is a-typical of Dickens as it is an historical tale and he usually wrote about the London of his time. But the book has transcended like so much of his work to the extent that it's has been referenced all through pop culture. Even Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan hinges it's dramatic high-points on the opening and closing lines of the novel. And this novel has, perhaps, both the best first and last lines in the history of fiction. Not bad for one book. Again, we've got intrigue, chases, escapes, unrequited love, romance and sacrifice. With this great collection you'll find that the themes and ideas of all great storytelling are timeless and what we enjoy today is just a variation of what came before. As an author and avid reader myself, I know that great storytelling is timeless, eternal. With two of the best novels ever written, you're in for a treat with this collection.
Koufax More than 1 year ago
These are two classic books for sure but why would anyone pay for them when you can get both for free? Because Oprah says so? I think not. Both of these great books are offered for free. If you don't mind paying 11 dollars for the new packaging well more power to you but in this day and age if you are like most the free route would be the way to go. Sorry Oprah.
EdgarG More than 1 year ago
If you like drama, you'll love this. Don't shy away from the book because it's a classic. It's truly a wonderful story.
ThisGirlLuvs2Read More than 1 year ago
I expected greatness and I got it! But, not in the way I would have like it (the ending was not what I wanted). Never the less I got it. This writer earns 5-stars because he offer's a story with depth and character's of that day with substance. As with all old books you have story-line with many "puzzle" pieces to ponder about. This story will not easily be forgotten and that makes it a treasure.I believe anyone will be glad they took the time to read it. As with most old books this is a book of patience because during out time (The 21st Century) the competition is great and we have so many choice's to choose from in good books with so little time to read them. This was my Christmas present to myself and it was really a wonderful one. I started it Christmas Eve and finished it at midnight and woke up thankful I allowed this gift to myself. Merry Christmas~
Tomterrific More than 1 year ago
I had never read these two books before but have read some of Dickens. The first book takes us back to early England and the time of the French Revolution. It gives some very real bloody tales of life in that time and makes you feel like you are actually in it. The 2nd book tells of this hyoung man wo has no real expections of his life becoming nothing more than boring, but discovers there is more to life than he expects.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For readers of 19th century English novels, "Great Expectations" is a must-read; I think it's definitely the best of the Bildingsromans Dickens wrote, and one of his best social commentaries.
Maia Drkula More than 1 year ago
This book is very good! My dad downloaded it for me and I have loved it!!!!!!!!!!
SallyApollon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Tale of Two Cities By Charles DickensSally ApollonOverall Score: 7 out of 10I took me a while, but I did enjoy this book. I found that I had to sit quietly and focus to read it, I am used to reading in a far more sloppy way¿while watching TV, while supervising the kids, with half a brain, literally. But the language kept me concentrating, which was actually far harder than I anticipated.I had a preconceived notion that I would immediately love Dickens, this certainly was not the case. It took me a while to get to know & warm up to the characters.Lucie: I wish I could say that I liked her better, but I found her to be entirely two-dimensional, while I did have sympathy for her when Charles Darnay was imprisoned, I found her to be somewhat ¿milk-toast¿ and lacking in spirit. Endurance was her best feature and her care-taking of her father, which developed respect for her from me.Miss Pross: She was a rock, at once sympathetic, but tough and practical I had endless respect for her and really wanted to see her have a happier ending (getting her married to some eligible older bachelor was something I hoped for!). However, the scene where she and the French woman (name?!) confronted each other was AWESOME! Really my favourite scene in the whole book. Dr Manette: Very interesting, deeply developed. Just to consider the phases of his life, as a young man in Paris with wife and child, caught up in the rape/murder scene as an unwilling participant, imprisoned for years and then released into a garret, of the wine merchants, making shoes for years before being rescued to then go on to the next content phase of his life in London with his family (Recalled to Life!).I thought it was fascinating to see how he relapsed in London when his daughter married Darnay and how Mr Lorry discretely & delicately picked his brains & restored his health without humiliating him or horrifying his (poor delicate) daughter. Then back to Paris to be helpful to his son-in-law and indispensable to his daughter. It was crushing to see the final phase of his story unravel to see his part in Charles Darnay¿s condemnation. Mr Lorry: Another rock, without whom none of the story would have been possible. He was the Father that Lucie never had and a Protector for all of them. Charles Darney: A young man, who happened to have noble blood who actually had a noble heart and did his best not to exploit anyone, but ended up condemned for the ¿sins of his forefathers¿.Sydney Carton: A man whose conduct was undistinguished until he finally had a brainwave of how to redeem himself and rescue all those around him, he did then elevate himself from a life of mediocrity. Actually, his final transformation, with the peasant girl was SO transformed it became a little unrealistic to me.The French Peasants: well-depicted and an interesting insight into the evolution of the revolution.In conclusion, the French Revolution is something I really didn¿t know much about, but I was inspired to research, especially ¿The storming of the Basille¿, as it was such a fabled and pivotal episode in the revolution. The story was very cleverly woven into this true historical backdrop and made it much more engaging to me than it would otherwise have been.I also have to say that it was immensely satisfying to finish the book, and to finally know where two of the most famous quotations EVER come from, in context : ¿It was the best of times, it was the worst if times,¿ and ¿It is a far, far better thing that I do now, than I have ever done.¿I got Great Expectations at the same time that I got this and I¿m glad that I did, although I¿ll need a break with some lighter reading before I return to Dickens.
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wow good book
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Just couldnt get into this book... Tale of two Cities.
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