Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Ten of the best doppelgängers in fiction

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best doppelgängers in fiction.

One novel on the list:
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Sydney Carton is a brilliant but indolent barrister. He discovers he bears an uncanny resemblance to Charles Darnay, a French emigre he has defended against a treason charge. Both men love the same woman, Lucie Manette. Darnay returns to Paris, where he is sentenced to death by guillotine. Carton redeems himself by taking Darnay's place.
Read about another novel on Mullan's list.

A Tale of Two Cities also numbers among Paulette Jiles's 12 favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue