Hard Times [NOOK Book]

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Hard Times was first published in 1854 and is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens,. This classic story offers a powerful indictment of the dehumanizing effects of mid-19th-century industrialization. Thomas Gradgrind raises his children, Tom and Louisa, in a sterile atmosphere of strict practicality. With no guiding principles, the young Gradgrinds sink into lives of desperation and despair, played out against the grim backdrop of Coketown, a ...
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Hard Times

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Overview

Hard Times was first published in 1854 and is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens,. This classic story offers a powerful indictment of the dehumanizing effects of mid-19th-century industrialization. Thomas Gradgrind raises his children, Tom and Louisa, in a sterile atmosphere of strict practicality. With no guiding principles, the young Gradgrinds sink into lives of desperation and despair, played out against the grim backdrop of Coketown, a wretched industrial community.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148250593
  • Publisher: PD Books Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 715 KB

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

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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 in Victorian literature - and British literature in general - should read. It has an unbelievable writing style.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Brilliant

    Absolutely Wonderful! This book is so fascinating and remarkable! I thought it extremely educational and interesting at the same time. I would read it again and I am not one to read books more than once! Bravo Dickens!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2002

    Thank you for spoiling everything!

    Thank you to the nimrod who, in a very self-aggrandizing sort of way, just gave away the entire PLOT to Hard Times. First of all, I've already read the book so your forsoothly monologue didn't tell me anything I didn't already know (and I have written a few papers on the book) and second of all, who's actually going to want to go out and buy the book now? THINK next time before you post! Okay? If people want the Cliffs Notes version, they can purchase it at Barnes & Noble!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

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    This truly one of dickens most overlooked works. It is classic i

    This truly one of dickens most overlooked works. It is classic in its depiction of the effects, good and bad, of industrialization on the people of Victorian England. From a teacher's perspective, this book could be used in just about any course as a across curriculum reading. A good read; classic Dickens!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    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 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Great Dickens

    I love all of Dickens's novels, and while this falls a bit short when compared to Great Expectations or David Copperfield, it is well worth reading. Character development leaves a bit to be desired in that, in order to explore his ideas about human development and politics, some of his characters are a bit caricaturish. Nonetheless, this is a great book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    Great book

    This is a great book. I am a big fan of Charles Dickens, and I would recommend any of his books.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    A Giraffe

    Rams into Alex and pushes him off the cliff with me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Benny

    *Runs down a hallway*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Alex to Mason

    Reaches up and wraps a chain around your arm. "It's a lose/lose situation, my friend. If I'm goin' down, you're comin' with."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Benny

    GODMODDING ON PAT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Jordan

    I don't care, Pat. First off, that's on the verge of godmodding. Second of all, I've stared the devil in the eye. I think I can survive a case of light poisoning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    PJ

    "Another day greeks....another day." Kicks the bin over the side of the Mountain and washes away in gold and lets Mason go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Kenny - Benny

    C'mon. Back to camp.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Boring.

    Nothing much happened, just a lot of talking.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Silverbullet

    Hey Optimus! It's me. What up?
    ~{•Silverbullet•}

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Wolvine

    I was aware about the grey ting, but dont kniw what he said will you tell me?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Loathe

    Hisses slowly getting up. He glared hatefully. Take them and go. Dissipears.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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