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Hard Times (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780141439679
ISBN10: 014143967x
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The 'terrible mistake' was the contemporary utilitarian philosophy, expounded in Hard Times (1854) as the Philosophy of Fact by the hard-headed disciplinarian Thomas Gradgrind. But the novel, Dickens's shortest, is more than a polemical tract for the times; the tragic story of Louisa Gradgrind and her father is one of Dickens's triumphs. When Louisa, trapped in a loveless marriage, falls prey to an idle seducer, the crisis forces her father to reconsider his cherished system. Yet even as the development of the story reflects Dickens's growing pessimism about human nature and society, Hard Times marks his return to the theme which had made his early works so popular: the amusements of the people. Sleary's circus represents Dickens's most considered defence of the necessity of entertainment, and infuses the novel with the good humour which has ensured its appeal to generations of readers.

Synopsis:

In the persons of Gradgrind and Bounderby, Dickens stigmatized the prevalent philosophy of utilitarianism which, whether in school or factory, allowed human beings to be caged in a dreary scenery of brick terraces and foul chimneys, to be enslaved to machines and reduced to numbers.

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Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Kate Flint.

About the Author

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Landport, Portsea, England. He died in Kent on June 9, 1870. The second of eight children of a family continually plagued by debt, the young Dickens came to know not only hunger and privation,but also the horror of the infamous debtors prison and the evils of child labor. A turn of fortune in the shape of a legacy brought release from the nightmare of prison and “slave” factories and afforded Dickens the opportunity of two years formal schooling at Wellington House Academy. He worked as an attorneys clerk and newspaper reporter until his Sketches by Boz (1836) and The Pickwick Papers (1837) brought him the amazing and instant success that was to be his for the remainder of his life. In later years, the pressure of serial writing, editorial duties, lectures, and social commitments led to his separation from Catherine Hogarth after twenty-three years of marriage. It also hastened his death at the age of fifty-eight, when he was characteristically engaged in a multitude of work.

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Gold Gato, January 25, 2014 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
It took me a while to warm up to any of the characters in Dickens' shortest novel. Perhaps it was due to the fact that I wasn't thrilled about the setting, the pollution-filled Coketown. The black smoke chokes the inhabitants, the smokestacks create a simoom of hot, dusty darkness. I could smell it.

Thanks to Dickens' usual spot-on descriptions, the players come to life. Even the names can be spit out...BIT-zer, grad-GRIND, SPAR-sit, BLACK-pool. Teeth grinding.

I didn't buy the interlude between Harthouse and Sissy, just felt it didn't fit and was inserted to get an irritant out of the way. But everything else was the usual Dickensian page-turner, albeit pages that feel overwhelmed with soot.

Book Season = Winter (can't see any sun)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141439679
Editor:
Flint, Kate
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Flint, Kate
Author:
Dickens, Charles
Author:
Flint, Kate
Author:
Bickford-Smith, Coralie
Location:
London
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
England
Subject:
Social problems
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Hardcover Classics
Series Volume:
107-292
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.77x5.14x.88 in. .62 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Penguin Books - English 9780141439679 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In the persons of Gradgrind and Bounderby, Dickens stigmatized the prevalent philosophy of utilitarianism which, whether in school or factory, allowed human beings to be caged in a dreary scenery of brick terraces and foul chimneys, to be enslaved to machines and reduced to numbers.
"Synopsis" by , Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Kate Flint.
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