Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, the audiobook tells the story of a French doctor who is imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille in Paris. Upon his release, he moves to London with his daughter, Lucie, whom he had never met. She marries but there is conflict between her husband and the people who decades earlier caused her father's imprisonment. Set against the backdrop of the conditions that led up to the French Revolution, it depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy and the brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries during the Reign of Terror, towards the former aristocrats. Dickens was one of eight children from a very poor family, with his father eventually being sent to debtor's prison. Dickens began work at the age of 12 to help clear the family debt. It was this troublesome childhood that provided him with much of the material for his novels and lent him a sympathetic voice for the poor.
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The story is set in the backdrop of the events leading to the French Revolution and tackles issues of equality as well as themes of guilt, redemption and patriotism. The story follows several characters mainly that of Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton who are physically similar yet are very different in personality and morality. The story is a stark reminder of how society perceives those in power and those without. In this case, the French peasantry and the French aristocracy which treat each other with such scorn. Charles Dickens not only portrayed the arrogance of the aristocracy but also the brutality of the revolutionaries in vivid detail to show that acts of hate can only lead to more hate.
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M4B audio book, part 1 mb. M4B audio book, part 2 mb. A Tale of Two Cities is a historical novel by Charles Dickens; it is moreover a moral novel strongly concerned with themes of guilt, shame, redemption and patriotism. The plot centers on the years leading up to French Revolution and culminates in the Jacobin Reign of Terror.
With well over million copies sold, it is among the most famous works of fiction. 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.