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Hard Times - The Penguin English Library (Paperback)
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Hard Times - The Penguin English Library (Paperback)

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The Penguin English Library Edition of Hard Times by Charles Dickens 'Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else' Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school owner and model of Utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and his family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from young minds. As a consequence his obedient daughter Louisa marries the loveless businessman and 'bully of humility' Mr Bounderby, and his son Tom rebels to become embroiled in gambling and robbery. And, as their fortunes cross with those of free-spirited circus girl Sissy Jupe and victimised weaver Stephen Blackpool, Gradgrind is eventually forced to recognise the value of the human heart in an age of materialism and machinery. The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in the English language, from the eighteenth century and the first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141199566
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm

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“You Will Love This (but maybe not yet!)”

The shortest of his novels, this is probably the Dickens that is encountered most frequently these days due to its permanent position on school book lists. That's a shame really because it is the least typical... More

Paperback edition
6th January 2010
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“Lovely read!”

I read this book, as part of a university course, at first it was slow to read sometimes because some idiolects were difficult to read. After the story grips you though, it is very interesting and it is surprising how... More

Paperback edition
13th April 2018
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