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It is a historical fiction classic, written in 1859, set in London and Paris. The story is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror with acts of bravery and conspiracy, secrets and lies, imprisonment and torture, sorrow and loss, corruption and and altruism. After 18 years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter Lucie in England, whom he had never met. Lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become entangled through their love for Lucie Manette. And thus, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror.
“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true…” - Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter The Scarlet Letter is a historical fiction, first published in 1850 by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is considered his “masterwork”. Set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of a “fallen” woman, her vengeful and incognito husband, and a charismatic young minister harbouring a terrible secret. The female protagonist, Hester Prynne, conceives a daughter through an affair and is publicly shamed for adultery. She wears the titular red “A” on her breast, marking her as an adulteress. In her arms she bears Pearl, the daughter born of sin. The book explores the theme of sin, repentance, dignity, honour and courage.
ReviewSomeone rare has written this very fine novel, a writer with the liveliest sense of life and the warmest, most authentic humour. A touching book; and so funny, so likeable. ― Truman Capote
There is humour as well as tragedy in this book, besides its faint note of hope for human nature; and it is delightfully written ― Sunday Times
No one ever forgets this book ― Independent
One of the best novels I remember … uniquely unsentimental ― Guardian
Her book is lifted … into the rare company of those that linger in the memory ― Bookman