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A Tale of Two Cities

By Mckay, Dave

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Reproduction Date: 5/22/2009

Title: A Tale of Two Cities  
Author: Mckay, Dave
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, History of Europe, French Revolution
Collections: France, Authors Community, Most Popular Books in China, Favorites in India, Education
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"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens, is part of a computerised reading program devised by journalist/author Dave McKay. The program, which paraphrases classic novels, primarily targets people who are learning English as a second language. It enables older students to quickly read classic novels despite having a very limited reading vocabulary. Each book has a number on the cover, showing how many different English words were used in McKay's translation of teh book. When reading them in the proper order, readers will find that no book includes more than 100 new words (i.e. word not already learned from reading the previous titles). "A Tale of two Cities: uses 1700 different easy English words, and should follow on after completing "Huckleberry Finn", which uses an English vocabulary list of 1600 words. Other titles include: The King's New Clothes (400 words), Jungle Book (500 words), Robinson Crusoe (700 words), The Invisible Man (900 words), Uncle Tom's Cabin (1050 words) Julius Caesar (1200 words), Merchant of Venice (1300 words). This reading program has been used extensively in Kenya and India.

This story follows the paths of a few different characters, some from England, and some from France. As the story follows their lives, the political unrest in France grows, and we start to see how these people (and indeed many thousands more) are affected.

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.


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