Tale of Two Cities, A - Book

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Reading Level: Grades 9-12 

Lexile Level: 1130L

Setting: England, France, French Revolution

Genre: British Literature, Historical

Page Count: 544

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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. . . " and so begins this classic tale of the French Revolution.
"Recalled to life!" is the phrase running through the mind of Mr. Lorry, an agent of Tellson's Bank, as he travels from London to Dover in the year 1775. In Dover he meets young Lucie Manette, who after believing she was orphaned at the age of two, learns that her father is still alive. They travel on to France where they find Dr. Manette under the care of his former servant in the St. Antoine quarter of Paris. After being imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years, Dr. Manette is in a pitiable mental state, and Lucie takes him back to London.
Five years pass, and Dr. Manette regains his physical and mental vigor and sets up a medical practice. They meet French emigre' Charles Darnay, who narrowly escapes charges of treason. Darnay falls in love with Lucie and they marry, but as the fires of revolution sweep across France, all three return to Paris, where they are caught up in the chaos of a fearful rebellion.

Book Awards:
#63 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200)

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Penguin Classics
Recommended Grade Level:
England, France, French Revolution, 1780s-1790s
British Literature, Historical Literature
Page Count:
390 pages
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