Hard Times

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Bradbury & Evans, 1854 - Authors, English - 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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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

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