Hard Times (Paperback)
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Hard Times (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 27/02/2003
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'Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else'

Dickens's novel honouring the value of the human heart in an age of materialism centres on Coketown, where Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school owner and model of Utilitarian success, feeds his pupils and his family with facts, banning fancy and wonder from young minds. As a consequence his obedient daughter Louisa becomes trapped in a loveless marriage, and his son Tom rebels to become embroiled in crime. As their fortunes cross with those of a free-spirited circus girl and a victimized weaver, Gradgrind is forced to question everything he believes in.

Edited with an Introduction and notes by KATE FLINT

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141439679
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 269 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 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

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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

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“Brief but Grim”

Hard Times has been a unique Dickens reading experience. I’d become so used to tackling massive tomes and spending weeks at a time getting to know and live with Dickens' characters, that this brief little novel... More

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