Hard Times

By (author)Charles Dickens

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384 pages

My-satire-is-against-those-who-see-figures-and-averages,-and-nothing-else,”-proclaimed-Charles-Dickens-in-explaining-the-theme-of-this-classic-novel.-Published-in-1854,-the-story-concerns-one-Thomas-Gradgrind,-a-“fanatic-of-the-demonstrable-fact,”-who-raises-his-children,-Tom-and-Louisa,-in-a-stifling-and-arid-atmosphere-of-grim-practicality.

My-satire-is-against-those-who-see-figures-and-averages,-and-nothing-else,”-proclaimed-Charles-Dickens-in-explaining-the-theme-of-this-classic-novel.-Published-in-1854,-the-story-concerns-one-Thomas-Gradgrind,-a-“fanatic-of-the-demonstrable-fact,”-who-raises-his-children,-Tom-and-Louisa,-in-a-stifling-and-arid-atmosphere-of-grim-practicality.

Without-a-moral-compass-to-guide-them,-the-children-sink-into-lives-of-desperation-and-despair,-played-out-against-the-grim-background-of-Coketown,-a-wretched-community-shadowed-by-an-industrial-behemoth.-Louisa-falls-into-a-loveless-marriage-with-Josiah-Bouderby,-a-vulgar-banker,-while-the-unscrupulous-Tom,-totally-lacking-in-principle,-becomes-a-thief-who-frames-an-innocent-man-for-his-crime.-Witnessing-the-degradation-and-downfall-of-his-children,-Gradgrind-realizes-that-his-own-misguided-principles-have-ruined-their-lives.

Considered-Dickens’-harshest-indictment-of-mid-19th-century-industrial-practices-and-their-dehumanizing-effects,-this-novel-offers-a-fascinating-tapestry-of-Victorian-life,-filled-with-the-richness-of-detail,-brilliant-characterization,-and-passionate-social-concern-that-typify-the-novelist’s-finest-creations.

Of-Dickens’-work,-the-eminent-Victorian-critic-John-Ruskin-had-this-to-say:-“He-is-entirely-right-in-his-main-drift-and-purpose-in-every-book-he-has-written;-and-all-of-them,-but-especially-Hard-Times,-should-be-studied-with-close-and-earnest-care-by-persons-interested-in-social-questions.”

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