Hard Times

Hard Times

Book - 2002
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Publisher: New York, NY : Spark Pub., c2002.
ISBN: 9781586634469
Characteristics: vi, 68 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Sparknotes Hard times.


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Nov 15, 2018

I read this book to give a report in the Dickens class I am taking. Quite frankly, I picked it because it is his shortest book. However I found it very enjoyable with a bunch of ludicrous characters and, and actually some very admirable characters. As usua,l Dickens is a fan of the working class, and does not care for those who are in the manufacturing classes. He's very critical of them as being dispassionate, taking advantage of their employees, and in general and are arrogant and overbearing. His description of the city was very interesting: it was a filthy inhospitable place, the rivers ran purple with the dyes that were dumped into them, the people were as Ashen as were the streets they trod. The sun rarely appeared due to the clouds of exhaust from the factories.

Jul 05, 2016

Only Charles Dickens can create a story that is both satirical and tragic. The title matches the story; and it is a great piece of literature. I would recommend.

Feb 25, 2013

I really enjoyed the main plotline and I loved the style of writing in this book. However, this book was really hard to get through. Even though it’s relatively small, it’s not a very easy read. Many of Dickens’ descriptions were very beautiful, but also very lengthy. It took a lot of effort and concentration to get past all the fluff and to the real meat of the story. I often feel that if a book requires THAT much hard work to get through, then it’s not worth reading; this was not the case with this book. Once you get into the story, you’ll be willing to work hard to understand the story and the messages it conveys. Overall, I really liked this book.

Rinve Jul 09, 2012

This is my favorite of Charles Dickens.

Oct 01, 2011

This is the first book that I’ve read of Dickens. I did not care for the storyline, and actually found it rather boring. I have been told that this is not his best work, so maybe I'll eventually attempt another of his books, such as "A Tale Of Two Cities." (Jan 2002)


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Rinve Jul 09, 2012

"Now what I want is facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out anything else." This is my favorite quotes because it inspired me to work harder.


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