'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
Those are the famous lines of Dickens's stirring tale of
two cities, London and Paris, at the time of the French
Revolution. Suspense gathers from the opening scene,
the dramatic coach journey to Dover and the rescue of
Dr Manette from incarceration in the Bastille. At the
centre of the novel are the figures of Sydney Carton
and Charles Darnay, both men in love with the
doctor's beautiful daughter Lucie, linked together by
fate and by the engulfing terrors of revolution.
A Tale of Two. Cities was written at a time of crisis in
Dickens's life. It is a wonderful love story and, aside
from The Pickwick Papers, the most popular of all