There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. I was a little hesitant to read this novel because I had heard it was boring and flat, but I chose to do so because I had read four of Dickens books already, and enjoyed them very much especially "David Copperfield" , and because it looked like a fairly quick read. Quick for Charles Dickens, that is!
It was not disappointing! I enjoyed every page of this great classic! The plot is intriguing, and how all the characters turned out at the end of the book. It is made up of three sections, "Sowing", "Reaping" and "Garnering". It shows the disadvantages of living life by fact, and fact alone. It doesn't have that light-hearted of an ending, but it is resolute. Like most Dickens books, the characters are all distinct and very non-forgettable. So, if you're looking for a classic, check out this book! Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. In able to understand the content I needed to slow down and read the passages aloud.
Very clever and somewhat playful Mr. As with his other novels he wrote about the down trodden, misunderstood and serious difficulties of the lower members of society. The story takes place in Coletown, a dreary place to be sure with all the smoke from factories polluting the environment. There is not one or singular protagonist in the story, many have a story to tell. A child abandoned by her father who is a circus performer and has lost his touch and wants a better life for her.
An educator who believes all children should learn only facts and nothing but facts so even his own children don't know how to deal with society or relationships in general. A bank and mill owner who lives a lie. A poor mill worker, stuck with an alcoholic wife. Dickens even has added one of those ladies who is in everyone's business and a libertine. Very entertaining even though melancholy at times I highly recommend. Hard Times by Charles Dickens was very good and engaging at all times. This was Dickens answer to Adam Smith.
He posits that compassion and understanding are as important for a good life as acting in one's own self interest. He mocks the idea that fate responds only to self interest. I recommend this book highly.
You can never go wrong with Dickens! Hard Times is a timely novel considering it was written in the nineteenth century. It deals with class warfare. The main characters are chewed up and spewed out of Coketown. They were expendables who were part of the factory. I see many parallels with today's worker who's used up by corporate culture and government.
Now many people want to do away the safety nets and resort to "survival of fittest.
Dickens is the consummate story teller. He weaves a tapestry of personality and place with an unerring eye for detail and authenticity. In Hard Times he creates a contrast between those who live by objective standards and those who exist in a world of sense and feelings. His characters, especially the more mature, remind one of some they might have known, who reflected similarly, their life experiences. Some real other imagined. The benefit of reading this Classic lies in the timeless and true messages.
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A young person might enrich their decision making ability by learning from the mistakes of someone in the story who alters their life by making the wrong ones. At the end, regardless of the readers age, you are left with much to think about. I will always love Dickens for his anger and sharp criticism of the cold institutions of his time and wonder what he would write about our present circumstances.
I think his words would be sharp ondeed. One person found this helpful. I purchased this book to read on my Kindle as the DVD had proved faulty half way through and I wanted to know the end of the story.
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It is quite a short novel compared to other stories by Dickens. I enjoyed reading it very much and realised how much richer the detail was in the written version. The illustrations were helpful and gave extra detail about clothing and furnishings etc in the nineteenth century. Personalize Gift card We will send an email to receiver for gift card. Hard Times - Bantam Classic. Movies And Tv Shows. Home Items And Gifts. Bags Cotton Bags Sling Bags. Home Hard Times - Bantam Classic.
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