Hard Times

Mr Thomas Gradgrind a very wealthy former merchant now retired only believes in facts and mathematics two plus two is four facts are important facts will lift you into prosperity facts a

Mr. Thomas Gradgrind , a very wealthy, former merchant, now retired, only believes in facts, and mathematics, two plus two, is four... facts are important, facts will lift you into prosperity, facts are what to live by, they are the only thing that matters, everything else is worthless ... knowing. He sets up a model school, were the terrorized students, will learn this, ( and other subjects that are unfortunately, also taught) the eminently practical man, teaches his five children at birth ... facts! They fear him, a dictator, at home, his weak minded, sick wife, just looks on, wrapping herself up, to keep warm and complaining of her weariness . But fictitious Coketown , (Manchester) is a dirty, factory town, incessant noises from countless machines, powered by coal, chimneys forever spewing dark gases, polluting the air, thick smoke like a twisting snake high above the atmosphere, moving this way and that, spreading all through the surrounding areas, the filth, the sickness, and early death, to the inhabitants, but the "hands" are not relevant, money is, making lots of it, that, and only that. A foul- smelling canal, and even more, a purple river, flows by , the buildings becoming an ugly gray, quickly, the people have to escape to the countryside, to breath fresh healthy air. Travelers going by this place, can only imagine there is a city there, under the black cloud covering, yet they can't see it. Mr. Gradgrind best friend, if there is such an animal, in his circle, is the banker, and manufacturer, Mr. Josiah Bounderby, always telling anyone, within hearing distance, that he himself, rose from the gutter, to become a rich man, no help... he did it alone . Story after story, of his sleeping in the streets, hungry, soiled, without a farthing to his name. Abandoned by the evil, uncaring, widowed mother, brought up by his horrible, drunken grandmother, who beats the child repeatedly . Entertaining, heart-wrenching, you felt for this man, how he suffered greatly in youth, except it's not quite true ...in fact, lies. Louisa, Mr. Gradgrind's oldest and favorite child, is very pretty, the bachelor Bounderby, has eyes for her, when she reaches the proper age of about 20, the fifty- year -old man, asks for her hand in marriage, of course, conveying this fact first, to her father. Louisa says what does it matter, a prisoner in her own home, the girl hasn't seen anything of the world, disaster follows, the couple have nothing in common, what can they talk about? Mrs. Sparsit, her husband's meddling housekeeper, from a good family, hates her. Louisa, flirts with the restless, gentleman, Mr. James Harthouse, who proudly states that he is no good! Still Louisa, only loves her brother, "The Whelp", young Thomas, getting money from his sister, gambling, drinking, wasting it all and always coming back for more. The selfish boy, works in the bank for Mr. Bounderby, his now, brother- in- law, when the well runs dry, the drunkard "finds" some 150 pounds sterling, inside the bank, not properly being used and sees, that it will be. Implicating an innocent "hand", Stephen Blackpool, fired recently by Bounderby, for speaking too much, shunned by the trade union members, for not joining, he walks the streets a lonely man, with an alcoholic wife who deserted him, she still periodically comes back , to sober up, and a sweetheart, that he can't marry too. Mr.Blackpool, seeks work elsewhere, not knowing he's a suspect, in the puzzling crime. The industrial revolution makes some people rich and others sick, but there is no going back , the dye has been cast ...A viral Hard Times Author Charles Dickens is a Kindle Longman s new Cultural Editions Series, Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, edited by Jeff Nunokawa, includes Books 1 3 of Hard Times and contextual materials on the age of Dickens.. Charles John Huffam Dickens 7 February 1812 9 June 1870 was an English writer and social critic He created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from. The best Ebook Hard Times This book is, for me, Dickens' best. I loved every second of it, the darkness of Tom's steady descent into drinking and gambling were brilliant and there were several times I found myself simply rereading a few paragraphs over and over, in awe at them. (The end of Chapter XIX, The Whelp, is something I hold in very high regard as possibly one of his best pieces of writing ever.) I want to deal with the characters individually from here, since I feel they are all very important.Mr Gradgrind - Facts. This man's obsession with facts and hate for fantasy is possibly one of the most genius parts of the plot, highlighting exactly what Dickens means to say. His regret at the end serves to show the inevitable outcome of living his sort of life, and is done in a very clever way. His name is also wonderful. I like to say it. Gradgrind. It's great, isn't it?Bounderby - Dickens made me hate him, and he was made to be hated. For all his bluster and superiority he is in fact worse in moral integrity than Stephen or Tom, which is why I was intensely glad as Louisa took her steps away from him. He really is a 'bounder'.Louisa/Loo - A perfect tragic heroine, but I couldn't help thinking more than once that she should really get some backbone. But I suppose that was the point, so she was well done too.Cecilia/Sissy - I didn't like her very much, but I did like the way she was used, as the embodiment of fancy and fun. She served to drive the point home and was useful in terms of story development.Tom/The Whelp - Goodness, I hated him sometimes. As I've already said, his descent was done well and some of the description around him was fantastic. Dickens' habit of referring to him as the whelp was perfect.Stephen Blackpool - The character I could emphathise with most, he was likeable and pitiable. I loved his struggle with Slackbridge and the Trade Union, and his contrasting relationships with Rachel and his wife made me feel very sorry for both of them. His ending was also very sad, and shows just how cruel people can be to each other.Mrs Sparsit - One of the most brilliant in the book. The image of her staircase, with Louisa walking to the bottom, is one that has stuck with me as being particularly genius. I also laughed at her disappointment by the train towards the end, as she was so anxious to see the downfall of others she ended up being nothing more than a jobless window.James Harthouse - Although for most of the book I wished Louisa would run away with him, the end convinced me otherwise. Still, he was a very interesting character who provided a catalyst for all the suppressed emotions of the Gradgrinds/Bounderbys.All in all, a brilliant book.
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  1. Charles John Huffam Dickens 7 February 1812 9 June 1870 was an English writer and social critic He created some of the world s best known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.Born in Portsmouth, Dickens left school to work in a factory when his father was incarcerated in a debtors prison Despite his lack of formal education, he edited a weekly journal for 20 years, wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non fiction articles, lectured and performed extensively, was an indefatigable letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children s rights, education, and other social reforms.Dickens was regarded as the literary colossus of his age His 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, remains popular and continues to inspire adaptations in every artistic genre Oliver Twist and Great Expectations are also frequently adapted, and, like many of his novels, evoke images of early Victorian London His 1859 novel, A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris, is his best known work of historical fiction Dickens s creative genius has been praised by fellow writers from Leo Tolstoy to George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood He never regained consciousness, and the next day, five years to the day after the Staplehurst rail crash, he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from

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  1. This book is, for me, Dickens best I loved every second of it, the darkness of Tom s steady descent into drinking and gambling were brilliant and there were several times I found myself simply rereading a few paragraphs over and over, in awe at them The end of Chapter XIX, The Whelp, is something I hold in very high regard as possibly one of his best pieces of writing ever I want to deal with the characters individually from here, since I feel they are all very important.Mr Gradgrind Facts This [...]


  2. Mr Thomas Gradgrind , a very wealthy, former merchant, now retired, only believes in facts, and mathematics, two plus two, is four facts are important, facts will lift you into prosperity, facts are what to live by, they are the only thing that matters, everything else is worthless knowing He sets up a model school, were the terrorized students, will learn this, and other subjects that are unfortunately, also taught the eminently practical man, teaches his five children at birth facts They fear [...]


  3. Hard Times is Dickens s novel set in the fictional Coketown and centering around utilitarian and industrial influences on Victorian society Dickens s brilliant use of characterization can be seen in high form here and as always, his naming of his story s populace is entertaining by itself The best is without a doubt Mr McChokumchild, a teacher Louisa Gradgrind is a thinly disguised fictionalization of John Stuart Mill One of the great things about reading literature from the 1800s or earlier is [...]


  4. Now, what I want is Facts Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts Facts alone are wanted in life Plant nothing else, and root out everything else You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts nothing else will ever be of any service to them So begins Hard Times, and what an opening this is We know instantly from this, some of what the novel will be about, and the character of the man who says these words He is plain speaking in his inflexible, dry, and dictatorial voice, direc [...]



  5. Now, what I want is Facts Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts Facts alone are wanted in life Plant nothing else, and root out everything else You can only form the mind of reasoning animals upon Facts nothing else will ever be of any service to them Mr Gradgrind, Hard Times We don t need no educationWe don t need no thought control Another Brick in the Wall Part II Roger Waters, Pink FloydRoger Waters lyrics could almost be a direct response to Mr Gradgrind s ridiculous world view.The w [...]


  6. Hard times, 1854,Charles DickensHard Times For These Times commonly known as Hard Times is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854 The book surveys English society and satirises the social and economic conditions of the era 2010 1364 446 71 1389 1394 416 978600941263 1812 1870 1854 .



  7. 3,5 5Seguramente Tiempos dif ciles no se sume a mis Dickens predilectos pero a n as creo que es una novela muy interesante y que he disfrutado.El contexto pol tico y social es realmente el centro de la historia, y m s que los personajes es la trama la que importa en esta novela con temas muy claros como la Revoluci n industrial, la educaci n victoriana, la diferencia de clases, la hipocres a generalizada y sobre todo la lucha entre la ciencia, los hechos y la imaginaci n.Me han encantado todas l [...]


  8. This book is another evidence of Charles Dickens brilliancy when it comes to writing He starts with one person and her destiny, but gradually the story becomes and intricate and complex, and in the end you end up with a completely different story from what you started out with I have quite an ambivalent relationship to Charles Dickens and his books Some of them I love, some of them confuse me or end up disappointing me Hard Times was a good story, but I was mildly disappointed with the fact th [...]


  9. Not Dicken s best work, but still, ya know, Dickens It s pretty much Lets light some straw men on fire day in Dickens land Presumably Hard Times was chosen as the title because Let s Kick Some Deserving Fuckers In The Teeth was already taken Still I don t know anyone I d rather watch burn people and deliver teeth kicks then Dickens.




  10. Hard Times For These TimesPenguin edition with intro notes by Kate FlintBeyond the Brontes, there aren t many classic novels set in the North of England, and for years I d been kind of meaning to read a few , especially about workers and heavy industry, Mary Barton, Sons Lovers, and Hard Times As per comment below, North and South was off the table because I d already seen the TV series and didn t love the plot, and it s also the story of a middle class southerner moving north, rather than the n [...]


  11. Hard Times opens with the usual Dickens comic brio and sabre toothed satire Mr Gradgrind s pursuit of Facts, Facts, Facts deadens his daughter Louisa s sense of Fancy and humour, until she relents to a marriage to Mr Bounderby surely the progenitor of this Monty Python sketch As the novel moves into its second half, the melodramatic and laboured Steven Blackpool narrative distracts from the poignant story of circus orphan Sissy and the Gradgrinds Steven s phonetic Lancastrian dialect is unneces [...]



  12. This novel actually really surprised me Many reviews on liken the title to the reading experience, one of pushing through long details and descriptions Actually, this book has done the opposite for me My reading of Victorian books has been few and far between Middlemarch was a great novel, one which I am glad I read, and I recently bought a 16 book Dickens Collection in an attempt to get some of his under my belt.Having only read A Tale of Two Cities previously, I was aware that Hard Times was [...]


  13. Gennaio 2015 Perch Dickens Dickens.Ho avuto due difficolt con questa lettura La prima cosa ricorrente nella storia di un qualunque lettore il momento sbagliato La lettura si deve accompagnare ad una disponibilit psicologica non c niente da fare La seconda difficolt certamente condizionata dalla prima riguarda la sensazione di tradimento.Mi aspettavo un romanzo minimamente nei limiti dei canoni vittoriani centrato sulla condizione operaia in realt , le mani metafora che Dickens usa per nominare g [...]


  14. Se um dia, algu m me perguntar porque gosto tanto de ler autores novecentistas, n o terei a menor hesita o em responder o sentido de ordem, de conduta moral algo que se fosse recuperado hoje em dia, tornaria a nossa sociedade em algo sublime mas, fundamentalmente, diria, a atualidade das situa es, das emo es, das paix es, das respostas s nossas mais variegadas interroga es.H muito que Charles Dickens fazia parte da minha lista de escritores obrigat rios, aquela em que elencamos os indispens veis [...]


  15. Alright, so I was quite prejudiced going into this I read and disliked A Christmas Carol and in my head I feel like I m not a Dickens fan Despite this being the first novel of his I ve tried It s his shortest finished book and depicts the social structures of the time, which I m interested in reading So it made sense to start here Overall, I was pleasantly surprised I didn t like all of the characters and at times I was frustrated with the plot, but I enjoyed listening to it on audiobook and wan [...]



  16. They say no one reads a book to get to the middle Well, for Hard Times, perhaps they should, so disappointing the end turns out to be, this is one of the examples of how literature has improved over the years Having read Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities and enjoying them all immensely I tried Hard Times, having read here and elsewhere that the book represented Dickens at his best It does not, and to say that it does devalues his other work The book is filled with shallow [...]


  17. From my blog NOTE I listened to the audio version For some reason, I could never get into Dickens I was an English major, for goodness sake I tried David Copperfield I tried the Pickwick Papers I tried Oliver Twist All meh, and I didn t finish any of them I have, however, enjoyed many a film adaptation of his novels, including Bleak House fan tas tic and Nicholas Nickleby, so I knew that it couldn t be that bad Anyway, my friend Hillary has recommended Hard Times for a long time, so when I saw i [...]



  18. Click here for Charles Dickens Disclaimer I m not even sure where to start with this book First of all, Hard Times is one of the shorter, and lesser known of the Dickens novels At only around four hundred pages, it almost seems like a novella compared to his other tomes of one thousand pages or The book has some interesting characters We have Thomas Gradgrind, the obstinate disciplinarian, who raises his children to use their head and facts in all things and to never wonder because that will le [...]



  19. I study it At my last High School yearIt was seriously Hard Times I loved the story and lived in my head the places,the characters I even create a cast for the novel to live it


  20. A slim and compact tale whose characters and story packs a powerful punch, Dickens Hard Times is as vitriolic an indictment against the institutionalized teaching model Paolo Friere scathingly criticized as the banking concept in his Pedagogy of the Oppressed Josiah Bounderby is delectably drawn, as is the crooked and colorful characters of James Harthouse, Mrs Sparsit, and our cold and calculated heroine, Louisa Gradgrind Dickens, at first, seems to forgo his typical habit of idealizing women a [...]


  21. Dickens becomes a very hard author to read once you move past his childhood centered works Suddenly, everything is about morality or politics I enjoy his writing, but you do need both patience and an ability to change the register in which you re reading his work Hard Times was first published in 1854 few readers of contemporary or modern literature can truly adjust to the sort of language used in his books Dickens is truly timeless, timeless through his themes and approach, as well as through h [...]



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