A Tale of Two Cities: A Story of the French Revolution by Charles Dickens

By Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens takes us to the 12 months 1775, the place England and France are present process a interval of social upheaval and turmoil.

The forces which are resulting in revolution in France are colliding with a circle of individuals in England, inflicting their destinies to be irrevocably intertwined.

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