Hard Times

Hard Times

Audiobook CD - 1998
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Dickens' powerful and withering portrait of a Lancashire mill town in the 1840s. In the persons of Gradgrind and Bounderby, he stigmatised the prevalent philosophy of Utilitarianism, which, whether in school or factory, allowed human beings to be caged in a dreary scenery of brick terraces and foul chimneys, to be enslaved to machines and reduced to numbers.
Publisher: Hampton, NH : Chivers North America, p1998
Edition: Sterling ed
ISBN: 9780792779117
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 hrs., 19 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Jarvis, Martin

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GailRoger
Dec 09, 2009

This was a Dickens I knew little of (another reason to "read"/listen to it). What struck me in the opening lines and throughout (although it gets a bit Victorian melodramatic toward the end) is the sardonic freshness of Dickens' prose. He really was very much ahead of his time.

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