Hard Times for These Times

Hard Times for These Times

Book - 1955
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Hard Times--Dickens's shortest novel and one of his major triumphs--tells the tragic story of Louisa Gradgrind and her father and has had lasting appeal to generations of readers.
Publisher: Oxford : London : New York : Oxford University Press, 1955
ISBN: 9780192545152
Branch Call Number: FICTION DIC
Characteristics: xviii, 299 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: Hard times


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Jul 05, 2016

Only Charles Dickens can create a story that is both satirical and tragic. The title matches the story; and it is a great piece of literature. I would recommend.

Jul 14, 2014

Dickens is my favourite author, his books are an mix between great stories and equally good words. This book is no exception.

Feb 25, 2013

I really enjoyed the main plotline and I loved the style of writing in this book. However, this book was really hard to get through. Even though it’s relatively small, it’s not a very easy read. Many of Dickens’ descriptions were very beautiful, but also very lengthy. It took a lot of effort and concentration to get past all the fluff and to the real meat of the story. I often feel that if a book requires THAT much hard work to get through, then it’s not worth reading; this was not the case with this book. Once you get into the story, you’ll be willing to work hard to understand the story and the messages it conveys. Overall, I really liked this book.

Rinve Jul 09, 2012

This is my favorite of Charles Dickens.

Oct 01, 2011

This is the first book that I’ve read of Dickens. I did not care for the storyline, and actually found it rather boring. I have been told that this is not his best work, so maybe I'll eventually attempt another of his books, such as "A Tale Of Two Cities." (Jan 2002)


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Rinve Jul 09, 2012

"Now what I want is facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out anything else." This is my favorite quotes because it inspired me to work harder.

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