This was a struggle to listen to on audio. I may revisit this story on paper in the future.... Not this year though.
The two cities in the tale? London and Paris.
The time setting is during the French Revolution.
The novel tells the story of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.
Tale of Two Cities is broken up into 3 sections:
Book the First: Recalled to Life
Book the Second: the Golden Thread
Book the Third: the Track of a Storm