Length: 489 pages
Audiobook Length: 13 hours and 15 minutes
First Published: 1859
A Tale of Two Cities is Charles Dickens’s great historical novel, set against the violent upheaval of the French Revolution. The most famous and perhaps the most popular of his works, it compresses an event of immense complexity to the scale of a family history, with a cast of characters that includes a bloodthirsty ogress and an antihero as believably flawed as any in modern fiction. Though the least typical of the author’s novels, A Tale of Two Cities still underscores many of his enduring themes—imprisonment, injustice, social anarchy, resurrection, and the renunciation that fosters renewal.
Quotes from A Tale of Two Cities
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
You have been the last dream of my soul.
A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.
There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.
About Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was an English author whose works are still widely read today. His works include Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Bleak House, and A Christmas Carol. He died in 1870 at the age of 58.