|About the Book|
Charles Dickens was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens works are characterized by attacks on social evils, injustice, and hypocrisy. He had also experienced in his youth oppression, when he wasMoreCharles Dickens was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens works are characterized by attacks on social evils, injustice, and hypocrisy. He had also experienced in his youth oppression, when he was forced to end school in the early teens and work in a factory.A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel. The plot centers of the years leading up to French Revolution. It starts with Dr. Alenxandre Manettes 1759 imprisonment and concludes 36 years later with the trial of Charles Darnay. The book tells, first and foremost, the story of Darnay and Sydney Carton, who look similar but are very different in their personalities: Darnay is a Romantic French Aristocrat- Carton is a Cynical English Barrister. Both are deeply in love with the same woman, Lucie Manette.Great Expectations is the story of Pips life expectations. Pip lives a humble existence with his ill tempered older sister and her strong, but gentle husband, Joe Gargery. He helps an escaped convict by stealing food and a file for him. Then he was hired by Miss Havisham, a wealthy, half-mad woman who was jilted on her wedding day many years before and has never recovered. Pip is brought there to play with Miss Havishams adopted child, Estella. After several years, Pip becomes the heir of an unknown benefactor, he leaps at the chance to leave his home and friends to go to London and become a gentleman. But having expectations, as Pip soon learns, is a two edged sword, and nothing is as he thought it would be.A Christmas Carol is a Victorian morality tale of an old and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one evening. Mr Scrooge is a Financer/Money-changer who had devoted his life to accumulation of wealth. He holds anything other than money in contempt, including friendship, love and the Christmas season.