Hard Times (Google eBook)

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Bradbury & Erano, 1854 - 352 pages
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The world of Hard Times For These Times revolves around a small industrial town firmly in the grip of one businessman. Bounderby is owner of the local mill and Gradgrind, his employee, is the schoolmaster--together they define and enforce the town's moral character with an iron fist. Many of the characters--including Gradgrind eventually--try and fail to resist Bounderby's influence, to their own demise. Published in 1854, the novel revealed Dickens' sharpest views on capitalism and its questionable moral underpinnings and spurred significant critical debate among his contemporaries.

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Charles Dickens' Hard Times is written very well with flair and occasionally some satirical humour. However, the book on the whole can be proven to be a very challenging read. If you are looking for texts to analyse for English college courses, for instance, then Hard Times is an excellent choice.
Particular likeable characters would definately include Bounderby, the 'bully of Humility' and how boastful he is about himself and how he claims that he practically rose to the upper classes from the gutters, supposedly. The ending may not please some readers, as a major particular theme is not necessarily rounded off or anything like that, like a final message on the topic.
 

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