A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens novel begins "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," and ends with "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known." A Tale of Two Cities is a story of political intrigue set in London and Paris during the French revolution in the 18th century. Sydney Carton sacrifices his own life on behalf of his friends Charles Darnay and Lucie Manett.