Written deliberately to increase the circulation of Dickens’s weekly magazine, Household Words, Hard Times was a huge and instantaneous success upon publication in 1854. Yet this novel is not the cheerful celebration of Victorian life one might have expected from the beloved author of The... show more
Written deliberately to increase the circulation of Dickens’s weekly magazine, Household Words, Hard Times was a huge and instantaneous success upon publication in 1854. Yet this novel is not the cheerful celebration of Victorian life one might have expected from the beloved author of The Pickwick Papers and The Old Curiosity Shop. Compressed, stark, allegorical, it is a bitter exposé of capitalist exploitation during the industrial revolution–and a fierce denunciation of the philosophy of materialism, which threatens the human imagination in all times and places. With a typically unforgettable cast of characters–including the heartless fact-worshipper Mr. Gradgrind, the warmly endearing Sissy Jupe, and the eternally noble Stephen Blackpool–Hard Times carries a uniquely powerful message and remains one of the most widely read of Dickens’s major novels.
Publish date: March 1st 1981
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Thomas Gradgrind has a principle in life: Facts and cold logic are all that matters. There’s no room for imagination or anything that can’t be defined or measured. He expects the small school he runs to adhere to that principle, and expects the same of his own two children, Louisa and Tom. After all...
3.75 stars, maybe 3.5.I love Charles Dickens, but I don't think this is his best work. So far, my favorites are Great Expectations and David Copperfield, but I still have several Dickens novels on my to-read list. Dickens is the total package - great writer and storyteller with excellent characteriz...
Synopsis: Set in a fictitious city named Coketown, popular for its factories, this novel tells the story of Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy man who believes strongly in factual things and rational ideas. Gradgrind has two children, Louisa and Tom. Gradgrind raises his children to believe in fact and the...
One of my long-standing New Year’s reading resolutions (if two years can be considered long-standing) is to read a classic every month. My definition of a classic is roughly: a book we’re still talking about though it was published before 1950. This month’s choice was Hard Times, by Charles Dickens....