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A Tale of Two Cities is the story of Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette, but Sydney Carton is the hero who makes the ultimate sacrifice for love. Sydney disappears from the novel in London and turns up years later in Paris to bring the story to its heartbreaking end. A Far Better Rest imagines his missing personal history and makes him the center of this tragic tale.Born in ...more
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Soho Press
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Richard Derus
Jul 16, 2014 Richard Derus rated it really liked it
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: A Tale of Two Cities is the story of Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette, but Sydney Carton is the hero who makes the ultimate sacrifice for love. Sydney disappears from the novel in London and turns up years later in Paris to bring the story to its heartbreaking end. A Far Better Rest imagines his missing personal history and makes him the center of this tragic tale. Born in England of an unloving father and a French mother, Sydney is sent to college in Paris,
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Ryan
Sep 28, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Just ask yourself this question: how crazy is it that this book actually exists, and that it works as well as it does?

Seriously! A book that's half A Tale of Two Cities prequel/midquel and half French Revolution historical fiction novel? No one could possibly write that and make it good. But thanks to Ms. Alleyn's writing style (in the same nineteenth century brand as Dickens' was), eye to historical detail, and gallery of rich characters new and old, this book certainly succeeded my expectation
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Lena Vuong
Aug 30, 2013 Lena Vuong rated it really liked it
A retelling of Dicken's famous anti-hero, Sydney Carton, A Far Better Rest thrusts our beloved protagonist onto the stage of the French Revolution, from the beginning of serious protestations to his tragic end, courtesy of the unforgiving guillotine.

I read this book when I was a young adolescent, before I read Tale of Two Cities, and I fell in love with the reckless, romantic, and redeemed character of Sydney Carton. Upon rereading it again, alongside Dickens this time, I was no longer as impres
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Shomeret
Dickens portrayed Sydney Carton as an unassuming non-entity whose death was his only moment of glory. This novel's Sydney Carton was unexpected. He does many great things before his end, but he judges himself harshly and believes he has accomplished nothing. Perhaps he hasn't on the large scale of history, but he made a difference in the lives of individuals and was well regarded by many.

I expected the revelation that happened near the end of the book. It was fairly predictable. In fact, I was
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Kristin
Oct 10, 2010 Kristin rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that leaves you with a sense of disappointment on the last page because you don't want it to be over. I admit, that my strange affinity for "A Tale of Two Cities" makes me somewhat biased towards this book, but I will tout it's graces anyways. A re-telling of the Dickens classic from the standpoint of Sidney Carton, this book brings about incredible emotion and humanity to this lesser character and to the worst months of the French Revolution. The plot could have cert ...more
Catherine Prystup
Jan 19, 2009 Catherine Prystup rated it really liked it
Historical fiction based off of a Charles Dickens character. Was very good, although got a little slow towards the middle. All in all, would recommend!
Debra
Jun 07, 2010 Debra rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this historical fiction based on Charles Dickens A TALE OF TWO CITIES.
Stephen
Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is the story of a family beset by revolution. Regarded as a classic of western literature, the novel warns against the dangers of Revolution and celebrates individual self-sacrifice, unpredictably embodied by the figure of Sydney Carton, who rouses himself from a drunken slumber to save a man’s life, returns to his rest, and rises once more at the novel’s end to save an innocent man from the guillotine’s murderous wrath. A Far Better Rest is Carton’s story, ...more
Barbara
Jul 02, 2008 Barbara rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, 2008
This was ok. That's about it. It filled my need for "more French Revolution!" without getting me a few hundred pages into Les Mis, only to abandon it due to lack of time when getting to South Africa became foremost in my concerns.

This is one of those spin-off books. It imagines the events in the life of Sydney Carton (from Tale of Two Cities) during the parts of the book where he disappears from the narrative. The bits of this novel that of necessity overlap with the action of Tale of Two Cities
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Leigh
Susanne Alleyn's sequel to A Tale of Two Cities , filling in the gaps in Sydney Carton's history. Two Cities is my favorite Dickens, and I spent most of my adolescence in love with Sydney, so I loved the idea of this book; not so much the execution. I need to give it a reread to be able to comment in depth (it's been at least ten years since I read it), so consider this "review" a placeholder.
Abbey
Jun 06, 2015 Abbey is currently reading it
I just started this, and I'm hooked. I've always loved the character of Sydney and wondered what his past was like. Now I'm finding out.
Meg
Oct 27, 2009 Meg rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2009
I dig Sydney Carton, but I couldn't get more than 40 pages into this book. The writing style is too breezy, and the added backstory is uninteresting.
Clare
Feb 14, 2010 Clare rated it liked it
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An interesting look at Sidney Carton's life before and leading up to the role he'd play in "A Tale of Two Cities".
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Susanne
Jun 14, 2007 Susanne added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: French Revolution fans, historical fiction fans
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The granddaughter of children’s author Lillie V. Albrecht (author of Deborah Remembers, The Spinning Wheel Secret, and three other historicals, all now available for Kindle), Susanne Alleyn definitely doesn’t write for children, unless, like her, they have found guillotines, high drama, and the French Revolution fascinating since the age of ten or so.

Susanne grew up in Massachusetts and New York C
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