Hard Times

Hard Times

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2007
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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.

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Hard Times, one of the most widely read of Dickens’ major novels, is both a captivating story and an illuminating indictment of capitalist exploitation during the Industrial Revolution. The hard lessons wrought by zealous materialism awaken characters to a new philosophy, and to hope. From fact-worshipping Mr. Gradgrind, to eternally noble Stephen Blackpool, to endearing Sissy Jupe, Martin Jarvis masterfully portrays each of the unforgettable characters.

Publisher: North Kingstown, RI : BBC Audiobooks America, c2007
ISBN: 9781602528369
Branch Call Number: PLAY FIC DIC
Characteristics: 1 sound media player (11 hrs.) :,digital ;,3 1/2 x 2 1/8 in.
Additional Contributors: Jarvis, Martin


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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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