《双城记》A Tale of Two Cities

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A Tale of Two Cities   

                                                    

                                                       《双城记》


           It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going the other way

                                        

     这是最好的时世, 这是最坏的时世; 这是智慧的年代, 这是愚昧的年代; 这是信仰的时代, 这是怀疑的时代; 这是光明的时节, 这是黑暗的时节; 这是希望之春,这是失望之冬; 我们面前什么都有, 我们面前什么都无;我们都在直登天堂, 我们都在直下地狱……

    这是Charles Dickens著名小说《双城记》的经典开头。


   “It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done;

 it is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.



   “我现在已做的远比我所做过的一切都美好;我将获得的休息远比我所知道的一切都甜蜜。”


         这是Sydney Carton (西德尼.卡顿)牺牲了自己,代替情敌Charles Darnay(查尔斯.达内)上断头台前最后的内心独白,非常感人的一段话。

        


    About it



A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a longhistorical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and duringthe French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks amongthe most famous works in the history of fictional literature. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to therevolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and manyunflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several protagoniststhrough these events. The most notable are Charles Darnay and SydneyCarton. Darnay is a French once-aristocrat who falls victim to theindiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Cartonis a dissipated British barrister who endeavours to redeem his ill-spent life out of his unrequited love for Darnay's wife, Lucie Manette

 《双城记》(A Tale of TwoCities)是英国作家查尔斯·狄更斯所著的一部以法国大革命为背景,故事发生在伦敦和巴黎的长篇历史小说。它有着大大超过两亿的销量,并跻身于世界文学经典名著。小说描述了大革命之前被法国贵族们弄得很泄气的法国农民的困境(这句真的有点别捏,大家看看有没有更好的翻译,以及大革命早年的时候革命分子对前贵族演示的相应的暴行,还有在同一时期在伦敦的很多不讨人喜欢的社会与生活。几位主人公的生活穿插在这些事件中。小说中最显著的人物是查尔斯·达雷和西德尼- 卡登。达雷是法国一位曾经的贵族,尽管他本性善良,他还是成为了不分青红皂白只有愤怒的大革命的牺牲品。卡登是一位放荡的英国律师,自从他暗恋的女子——露西·曼奈特嫁给了达雷之后,他就努力地挽回他曾经荒废的生活。


Charles Dickens(1812~1870),a Britishcritical realism novelist. His works are still prevalent now, which played aprofound influence on English literature. The major works of Dickens are ThePickwick Papers, Oliver Twist , The Old Curiosity Shop, Hard Times and A Taleof Two Cities .At the age of 10 his families were forced to move into debtorsprison. When 15 years old, Dickens became an apprentice in a law firm and latera civil court judge clerk and then a newspaper reporter stationed inparliament. He had only a few years school life .But thanks to assiduousself-study he became a famous writer.


       查尔斯.狄更斯(1812~1870),英国批判现实主义小说家。他的作品至今依然盛行,对英国文学发展起到了深远的影响。主要作品有《匹克威克外传》、《雾都孤儿》、《老古玩店》、《艰难时世》、《双城记》等。他10岁时全家被迫迁入负债者监狱。狄更斯在15岁的时候相继当过律师事务所学徒,民事诉讼法庭的记录员和驻议会的记者。他只上过几年学,全靠刻苦自学成为知名作家。

 前几天在沪江上看到的一个刚刚开始的英文双语节目,只是转来与大家分享。






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