Hard times

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Dent, Jun 1, 1974 - Fiction - 272 pages
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By 1854, when Hard Times was published, Charles Dickens' magisterial progress as a writer had come to incorporate a many-sided, coherent vision of English society, both as it was and as he wished it to be. Hard Times. a classic Dickensian story of redemption set in a North of England town beset by industrialism, everywhere benefits from this vision - in the trenchancy of its satire, in its sweeping indignation at social injustice, and in the persistent humanity with which its author enlivens his largest and smallest incidents.

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

Nearly every Dickens book I’ve read has been a disappointment. “Hard Times” is no exception. I like the author’s humour, but it doesn’t surface enough in this novel. Apart from a few good scenes here ... Read full review

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User Review  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

The entrance of kind, caring, and imaginative little Sissy into the fact dominated Gradgrind family surprisingly does little to change the older children, Tom and Louisa. Tom becomes more of a selfish ... Read full review

Contents

BOOK THE FIRST SOWING CHaPTER PAGE I The One Thing Needful
1
Murdering the Innocents
2
A Loophole
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Copyright

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Charles Dickens (1821-1870) used his fiction to criticize the injustices of his time, especially the brutal treatment

of the poor. He is also the author of "Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, " and "Great Expectations." He was born in Portsmouth, England.

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