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By Charles Dickens

The top-rated novel of the French Revolution, by means of England’s maximum author

Set opposed to the bloodthirsty backdrop of innovative France, this huge saga—one of the main well-known works in all of literature—is at its middle the tale of a pretty girl and the 2 males who compete for her love: Charles Darnay, a French aristocrat who renounces his historical past, but stands accused of treason within the rush to the guillotine, and Sydney Carton, a dissatisfied English barrister who reveals his salvation within the final act of sacrifice.

Full of wealthy historic information and populated by way of a sprawling solid of characters, Charles Dickens’s masterwork is epic in each experience of the note. but its most interesting success could be the intimate moments shared by way of 3 those who have the foresight and the braveness to work out past the chaos that surrounds them. a singular whose contradictions are laid naked from the very start—“It was once the easiest of occasions, it used to be the worst of times”—A story of 2 towns is the stuff of lifestyles, and nice art.

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Je passais du bon temps, je faisais la sieste à l’ombre des oliviers, j’allais raconter mes histoires dans les auberges, le soir, je parlais avec les gens, je traînais sur le port. Je faisais comme tout le monde. J’attendais. Les gens remettaient à plus tard la signature des affaires, ils repoussaient la date des mariages, ils hésitaient à reprendre la mer… Ils attendaient. Qui donc ? Allander ? Non, pas Allander. Allander était là depuis deux semaines. J’étais arrivé avec lui, ou plutôt avec son armée.

On se serre les coudes, on échange des regards farouches. Quelqu’un commence une chanson et Angus reprend les paroles de sa voix sourde. Bientôt toute la ligne chante, pour ignorer la peur et les tripes qui se nouent, pour ignorer l’implacable infanterie atlane qui s’avance… » Ô feu ! Ô acier ! Ô chêne ! Ô terre et flots ! Les Keltes sont attaqués ! Tiens tête, toi qui es kelte de cœur ! Mieux vaut la colère que la honte de la défaite ! Combats pour ta liberté ! Nous avons chanté, nous avons frappé avec nos bocks sur la table, nous avons entendu le pas des guerriers et les armes heurtant les boucliers !

Il y a ce nom qui parcourt la foule comme une vague, passant de rue en rue, de maison en maison, jusqu’à la salle du trône où il alimente les murmures des courtisans. Allander Ap’Callaghan. L’enfant-roi. Allander, qui a vaincu l’armée de l’usurpateur à Maharkal, qui l’a battu une nouvelle fois lors d’une bataille si sanglante qu’on l’a appelée la bataille du fleuve rouge, et qui l’a écrasé, enfin, devant les murs mêmes de cette ville, ici, à Koronia. Anton de Dvern, l’usurpateur qui n’était pas plus prince que vous et moi, a fui si loin que nul ne sait ce qui est advenu de lui.

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