Baker & Taylor 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.
Findaway World Llc 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.