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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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Hard Times is probably Dickens' most underrated novel. It is a good protest against conditions and attitudes during the Victorian period however its main focus is not on the working class, although it seems to be with the first chapters. It is a book everyone interested...
Hard Times is probably Dickens' most underrated novel. It is a good protest against conditions and attitudes during the Victorian period however its main focus is not on the working class, although it seems to be with the first chapters. It is a book everyone interested in Victorian literature - and British literature in general - should read. It has an unbelievable writing style.

posted by Berto on January 27, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Dull

I felt it would be unfair to give this book only one star, since it is a classic. But, considering how painful it was to get through with the endless narration, incomprehensible accents of certain people, and run-on sentences, I've decided to shy away from the opinions ...
I felt it would be unfair to give this book only one star, since it is a classic. But, considering how painful it was to get through with the endless narration, incomprehensible accents of certain people, and run-on sentences, I've decided to shy away from the opinions of literary scholars and voice my own opinion. And the fact that it was terribly boring leaves me with no guilt in giving Hard Times a poor rating.

posted by 1804793 on January 8, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Mason

    Jumps off morphs to a worm and morphs to an egale and flys back up.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Hey. It's Dickens. Of course it's good.

    Not Dickens' best. Lots of loose ends, especially in modern editions. Also not quite the harangue on England's unjust social conditions it's often said to be. Nonetheless, Dickens is a great story teller and this fits that mold. Plus it's short by his standards.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Interesting

    This book is about a man who, in an effort to save his children and others from the mistake of being guided (misguided) by emotion, taste and other intangibles, has a school to educate people to focus on the tangible- the factual- and to be guided by reason.

    There are several story lines, and many compelling characters. I believe, the premise of the book is that one can make errors in judgement as well and easily by applying to reason as to emotion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Good read

    The back of the book says that Thomas Gradgrind is one of Dicken's most vivid characters. I'd have to disagree and wouldn't even call him the most vivid character of the book. It was a little slow at times but picks up at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2003

    A book for Hard Times

    If you read this book you will be glad that you were not part of the time then. Although there were lots of changes, still there was much control in what people could or could not do in their lives and work was limited to class, and education was also. Thie era was good to read about, but I just would not want to live in the way that most people lived then. The book was three books in one. The first was on 'Sowing* It was shown how the seeds were sown here. The the next one was *Reaping* which showed the outcome of actions that had come before, and then the third was *Garnering*, where all the pieces came together that were left, and put in order. I enjoyed the progression of the books in one. Was bored sometimes, because I did not see that there was a strong enough plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Book was o.k. but difficult

    Charles Dickens was a challenge for me. Four months I have been reading books and none of my other books were as difficult as this one. In the begining of the book, the author threw me off by the Old English writing. The story was okay but it probably would have been better if it did a little less detailing and more getting to the point. My problem was that I could read on in the book and not hardly comprehend anything. To tell the truth, I had to go to sparknotes.com just for better understanding of the book. The story was good, but the way the book was written just threw me off a little. So if your a reader out there looking for a challenge in your reading, I suggest that you read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2003

    Good Choice

    This book is an interesting book and very detailed. Some parts in this book get complicated, but I would read it again. The begging of it starts out slow but by the time you get to the end you wish it wasn't over. Just when you think everything is going smoothly there is someone there to cause conflict rather it be Tom, Louisa, Stephen or Sissy. If you like books that explain almost every detail this is a great book.

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