[New] (Hard Times For These Times) By Charles Dickens

  • Paperback
  • 353
  • Hard Times For These Times
  • Charles Dickens
  • English
  • 05 April 2020
  • 9780321107213

Charles Dickens ☆ 8 Review

Read Hard Times For These Times Charles Dickens ☆ 8 Review Summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Charles Dickens My satire is against those who see figures and averages and nothing else proclaimed Charles Dickens in explaining the theme of this classic novel Published in 1854 the story concerns one Thomas Gradgrind a fanatic of the demonstrable fact who raises his children Tom and Louisa in a stifling and arid atmosphere of grim practicalityWithout a moral compass to guide them the children sink into lives of desperation and despair played out against the grim background of Coketown a w. The novel depends on the opposition between fact Dickens s name for the cold and loveless attitude to the life he associated with Utilitarianism and fancy which represents all the warmth of the imagination A contrast which gives it both tension and unity

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Read Hard Times For These Times Charles Dickens ☆ 8 Review Summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Charles Dickens Ects this novel offers a fascinating tapestry of Victorian life filled with the richness of detail brilliant characterization and passionate social concern that typify the novelist's finest creationsOf Dickens' work the eminent Victorian critic John Ruskin had this to say He is entirely right in his main drift and purpose in every book he has written; and all of them but especially Hard Times should be studied with close and earnest care by persons interested in social uestio. Hard Times is my return to Charles Dickens as an adult I have read Oliver Twist and David Copperfield as a child I didn t have an appetite for Dickens when I was young for his subjects were sad and depressing But as an adult I understand and appreciate him He touched so many sides of the society which were rarely spoken of before He penetrated into human minds so thoroughly and exposed both their black and white sides Although these ualities in his writing made me sad and depress before the same ualities have made me fall in love with his writing now Hard Times is Dickens s shortest novel Through a well outlined and well written story Dickens comments on the lives living and conditions of towns in the light of industrialization This social commentary gives a perfect picture of the lives and conditions of living of working class people and the dominating power exercised on them by their masters over every aspect of their lives suppressing them and using them to secure their wealth and position on life There is also a strong criticism of utilitarianism This theory was introduced in the aftermath of the industrial revolution to make it easy for the masters to control the working class depriving them of any capacity to reason and making them live a submissive life according to their whims and fancies Dickens s use of Facts against Reason throughout the book subtly mocks the theory and exposes the social downfall that it would lead to He brings the character of Louisa Gradgrind and demonstrates what tragedies one would face if they are suppressed of their capacity to feel and to reason Although it is a little overstated the point is clearly proved I liked the character variety in the book They ranged from kind goodhearted sweet tempered to cunning boastful treacherous This wide variety added colour and contrast to the book The story was engaging his social views kept me well connected with it all along I enjoyed his satire very much Dickens is a realistic writer of the Victorian era and that is the secret of his popularity even today

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Read Hard Times For These Times Charles Dickens ☆ 8 Review Summary ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Charles Dickens Retched community shadowed by an industrial behemoth Louisa falls into a loveless marriage with Josiah Bouderby a vulgar banker while the unscrupulous Tom totally lacking in principle becomes a thief who frames an innocent man for his crime Witnessing the degradation and downfall of his children Gradgrind realizes that his own misguided principles have ruined their livesConsidered Dickens' harshest indictment of mid 19th century industrial practices and their dehumanizing eff. Dickens wrote Hard Times as an attempt to increase sales of his flagging magazine and had to produce it in weekly instalments which probably explains why it s so bereft of inspiration and artistry It s ironic that a novel lauding the importance of heart and imagination as guiding principles in social reform should have a mercantile consideration at root Hard Times is a leaden rhetorical read There s little subtlety in its sermonising There s not even much of a story and what story there is doesn t always make sense Most surprisingly of all it doesn t include a single memorable character The characters are programmed automatons of the flimsy plot Even the humour is relentlessly off key The only positive note is his standard sentimentalised girl woman only plays a minor role in this novel For me this joins A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield as duds in the Dickens canon though it doesn t possess the redeeming features those two novels possessed Les Français sous le Second Empire of his children Gradgrind realizes that his Souvenirs : 1859-1871 own misguided principles have ruined their livesConsidered Dickens' harshest indictment 1812 : La campagne tragique de Napoléon en Russie of mid 19th century industrial practices and their dehumanizing eff. Dickens wrote Hard Times as an attempt to increase sales Les Trois Cents Jours de Napoléon à l'île d'Elbe of his flagging magazine and had to produce it in weekly instalments which probably explains why it s so bereft Joséphine : vie de l'impératrice of inspiration and artistry It s ironic that a novel lauding the importance Mémoires inédits: Les Cahiers Rouges of heart and imagination as guiding principles in social reform should have a mercantile consideration at root Hard Times is a leaden rhetorical read There s little subtlety in its sermonising There s not even much La Moskowa - Borodino- La bataille des Redoutes of a story and what story there is doesn t always make sense Most surprisingly Napoléon III et Franceschini Pietri of all it doesn t include a single memorable character The characters are programmed automatons La commune de Paris par ceux qui l'ont vécue of the flimsy plot Even the humour is relentlessly Surcouf off key The Alfred Dreyfus :Cinq années de ma vie : 1894-1899 only positive note is his standard sentimentalised girl woman L'art militaire de Napoléon only plays a minor role in this novel For me this joins A Tale Louis Napoléon le Grand (Littérature) of Two Cities and David Copperfield as duds in the Dickens canon though it doesn t possess the redeeming features those two novels possessed