Hard Times

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Random House, Mar 11, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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'Facts alone are wanted in life': the children at Mr Gradgrind's school are sternly ordered to stifle their imaginations and pay attention only to cold, hard reality. They live in a smoky, troubled industrial town so entertainment is hard to come by and resentments run deep. The effects of Gradgrind's teaching on his own children, Tom and Louisa, are particularly profound and leave them ill-equipped to deal with the unpredictable desires of the human heart. Luckily for them they have a friend in Sissy Jupe, the child of a circus clown, who retains her warm-hearted, compassionate nature despite the pressures around her.
 

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I've read quite a few of Charles Dickens' books when I was younger, but had never read this one, so picked it up on sale in Audible. Martin Jarvis is a marvelous narrator and does a superb job with ... Read full review

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

I read this novel with the same determination a child feels when eating cold vegetables before being allowed to enjoy desert. My least favorite of the Charles Dickens novels I've read, Hard Times made ... Read full review

Contents

Slearys Horsemanship
Mrs Sparsit
Never Wonder
Sissys Progress X Stephen Blackpool XI No Way Out XII The Old Woman XIII Rachael
The GreatManufacturer XV Father and Daughter XVI Husband and Wife
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Charles Dickens was born on 7 February 1812 in Landport in Portsmouth. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office who often ended up in financial trouble. When Dickens was twelve years' old he was sent to work in a shoe polish factory because his father had been imprisoned for debt.In 1833 he began to publish short stories and essays in newspapers and magazines. The Pickwick Papers, his first commercial success, was published in 1836, the same year that he married Catherine Hogarth. The serialisation of Oliver Twist began in 1837 while The Pickwick Papers was still running. Many other novels followed and Dickens became a celebrity in America as well as Britain. He also set up and edited the journals Household Words (1850-9) and All the Year Round (1859-70). Charles Dickens died on 9 June 1870 leaving his last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, unfinished. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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