HARD TIMES (THE ROOT OF UNHAPPINESS)

HARD TIMES (THE ROOT OF UNHAPPINESS)

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by Charles Dickens, TLC BOOKS Edited
     
 

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HARD TIMES.....This is Dickens’ very best at what he does the very best. The so-over-the-top, and yet painfully true-to-life characters, (by virtue of the wonderful names alone: Bounderby, M’Chokumchild, Blackpool) are so precisely defined that they drive the narrative and put such a spotlight on elements of human pride. The story, then, is in the

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HARD TIMES.....This is Dickens’ very best at what he does the very best. The so-over-the-top, and yet painfully true-to-life characters, (by virtue of the wonderful names alone: Bounderby, M’Chokumchild, Blackpool) are so precisely defined that they drive the narrative and put such a spotlight on elements of human pride. The story, then, is in the descriptions. 300 Pages in print.

The action is set in a mill town in the north of England and presents some expected social issues: working conditions, legal discrimination against the poor, labor unions. The main theme of the novel, however, is education. Thomas Gradgrind brings up his children and pupils without any recourse to imagination or emotion.

In his household, "I wonder . . ." is a phrase that merits punishment. It is this attitude of Head versus Heart, and Facts versus Fancy that finds itself at the root of all the unhappiness of the book. And unlike most Dickens novels, that unhappiness is never quite overcome.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014253338
Publisher:
TLC BOOKS
Publication date:
01/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
718 KB

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Meet the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is probably the greatest novelist England has ever produced, the author of such well-known classics as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life — along with his indelible characters — have made his books beloved by readers the world over.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 7, 1812
Date of Death:
June 18, 1870
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, England
Place of Death:
Gad's Hill, Kent, England
Education:
Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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Hard Times 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is typical Dickens where many subplots are interwoven into an overall main plot. Many subtle moral implications are made about the characters and subject matter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad copy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't quite understand the plot of the book so far. If you have read the book before, can you please spoil it a bit for me? If so, respond to #equestria
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THEY'RE AT ANOTHER BOOK, FIND IT!!!
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Sigh nevermind. v.v
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This is really a good book, even from the description I knew it would be great and so it is. This is the most best books I've ever read :)
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all the free dickens books have screwed up text. please fix them. I down loaded hard times, and got screwed up text from domby and son.
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NancyLuvsReading More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book as I would all Dickens books. The true intention of the book is there in all the amazing characters that Dickens invents and the predicaments that are their's due to life circumstances and their own actions. Dickens always comes up with appropriate names for some of his characters as in McChoakamchild as a teachers name. I found that to be very amusing and too true in some instances of my own life. As for the accents and so called run on sentences well, practice the accents outloud till you get them. Any education, and that's what I consider reading books of another time period as, is worth the practice and little bit of work to obtain such enjoyment.
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UniCacher More than 1 year ago
The prospect of millions of free titles may seem appealing, but you get what you pay for. In this case, the first paragraph alone indicates the value you receive for zero dollars. Nearly every other word is mis-scanned, rendering the text virtually unreadable. Don't waste time on the free texts. Spend a dollar to get a version that is edited and contains a functional table of contents.
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