Hard Times

Hard Times

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"Facts alone are wanted in life." The children at Mr. Gradgrind's school are sternly ordered to stifle their imaginations and pay attention only to cold, hard reality. The effects of Gradgrind's teaching on his own children, Tom and Louisa, are particularly profound and leave them ill-equipped to deal with the unpredictable desires of the human heart. Luckily for them, they have a friend in Sissy Jupe, the child of a circus clown, who retains her warm-hearted, compassionate nature despite the pressures around her.
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Edition: EBOOK AUDIO
ISBN: 9781405627849
Branch Call Number: EBOOK AUDIO
Additional Contributors: Jarvis, Martin
Alternative Title: OverDrive

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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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