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Hard Times (The Penguin English Library) Paperback – 26 Oct 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (26 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140620443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140620443
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 46 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 227 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Synopsis

Coketown is dominated by the figure of Mr Thomas Gradgrind, school headmaster and model of Utilitarian success. Feeding both his pupils and family with facts, he bans fancy and wonder from any young minds. As a consequence, his obedient daughter Louisa marries the loveless businessman and 'bully of humanity' Mr Bounderby, and his son Tom rebels to become embroiled in gambling and robbery. And, as their fortunes cross with those of free-spirited circus girl Sissy Jupe and victimized weaver Stephen Blackpool, Gradgrind is eventually forced to recognize the value of the human heart in an age of materialism and machinery.

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-70) is one of the most recognized celebrities of English literature. His many books include Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.



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