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Hard Times By Charles Dickens
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Hard Times is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. The book appraises English society and is aimed at highlighting the social and economic pressures of the times.Hard Times is... More > unusual in several respects. It is by far the shortest of Dickens' novels, barely a quarter of the length of those written before and after it. Also, unlike all but one of his other novels, Hard Times has neither a preface, nor illustrations. Moreover, it is his only novel not to have scenes set in London.< Less
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Hard Times is a novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. The book is a state-of-the-nation novel, which aimed to highlight the social and economic pressures that some people were... More > experiencing. Unlike other such writings at the time, the novel is unusual in that it is not set in London (as was also Dickens' usual wont), but in the fictitious Victorian industrial town of Coketown, often claimed to be based on Preston.< Less
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
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Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest children,... More > Louisa and Tom, according to this philosophy and never allows them to engage in fanciful or imaginative pursuits. He founds a school and charitably takes in one of the students, the kindly and imaginative Sissy Jupe, after the disappearance of her father, a circus entertainer.< Less
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One of Dickens's reasons for writing Hard Times was that sales of his weekly periodical, Household Words, were low, and it was hoped its publication in instalments would boost circulation – as... More > indeed proved to be the case. Since publication it has received a mixed response from critics. Critics such as F. R. Leavis, George Bernard Shaw, and Thomas Macaulay have mainly focusing on Dickens's treatment of trade unions and his post–Industrial Revolution pessimism regarding the divide between capitalist mill owners and undervalued workers during the Victorian era.< Less
Hard Times By Randy Wilson
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The story begins in 1930 in a remote town of Kansas in one of the toughest times in the History of the United States, the Great Depression which began in 1929 and continued until 1939. It is the... More > story of a little girl who is separated from her family by a catastrophic event and details her extraordinary journey while she is attempting, to be reunited with her family. It is full of twists and turns and secrets and adventure. It will make you laugh and make you cry as you follow the clues and experience the adventure and excitement of Hard Times. A love story of sorts, featuring the love of parents towards their children, and the love and compassion of others show to a very lost and confused little girl, This book is appropriate reading for ages 9 and up and gives a pretty good history lesson as well as just being entertaining! This book is a short Novel, or a Novella with almost 26,000 words. It's a good book for kids to read about other kids, and learn a little history at the same time.< Less
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
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Relating back to Dickens' aim to "strike the heaviest blow in my power," he wished to educate readers about the working conditions of some of the factories in the industrial towns of... More > Manchester, and Preston. Relating to this also, Dickens wished to confront the assumption that prosperity runs parallel to morality, a notion which is systematically deconstructed in this novel through his portrayal of the moral monsters, Mr. Bounderby, and James Harthouse. Dickens was also campaigning for the importance of imagination in life, and not for people's life to be reduced to a collection of material facts and statistical analyses. Dickens' favourable portrayal of the Circus, which he describes as caring so "little for Plain Fact", is an example of this.< Less
HARD TIMES By Charles Dickens
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Characters, excitement and moral tales a-plenty feature within these covers - Josiah Bounderby, Bitzer, Tom Gradgrind, girl number 20, Mr. Sleary, Lady Scadgers and all - not to mention the dog... More > Merrylegs! Circuses, runnings away, reappearances, disused mineshafts, railways, Mrs. Sparsit's mittens, just deserts, etc., etc.! This new unabridged edition is published in LARGE PRINT making it easy on your eyes, particularly if you have problems with vision.< Less
HARD TIMES By Charles Dickens
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Characters, excitement and moral tales a-plenty feature within these covers - Josiah Bounderby, Bitzer, Tom Gradgrind, girl number 20, Mr. Sleary, Lady Scadgers and all - not to mention the dog... More > Merrylegs! Circuses, runnings away, reappearances, disused mineshafts, railways, Mrs. Sparsit's mittens, just deserts, etc., etc.! This new unabridged edition is published in LARGE PRINT making it easy on your eyes, particularly if you have problems with vision.< Less
Hard Times By Charles Dickens
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Mr. Gradgrind, whose voice is "dictatorial", opens the novel by stating "Now, what I want is facts" at his school in Coketown. He is a man of "facts and calculations."... More > He interrogates one of his pupils, Sissy, whose father is involved with the circus, the members of which are "Fancy" in comparison to Gradgrind's espousal of "Fact." Since her father rides and tends to horses, Gradgrind offers Sissy the definition of horse. She is rebuffed for not being able to define a horse factually; her classmate Bitzer does, however, provide a more zoological profile description and factual definition. She does not learn easily, and is censured for suggesting that she would carpet a floor with pictures of flowers "So you would carpet your room—or your husband's room, if you were a grown woman, and had a husband—with representations of flowers, would you? Why would you?" She is taught to disregard Fancy altogether. It is Fancy Vs Fact.< Less
Hard Times By Hiram R. Jones
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This is the story of young Hiram R. "Bob" Jones and his family during the Great Depression. Beginning in 1932 Kansas City, he takes the reader on a journey across the Southwest to... More > California telling stories of the places the family stayed and the people he met along the way. Theses stories embody the American values that saw us through the Great Depression and World War II.< Less