by Charles Dickens
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About The Book:
Hard Times, the shortest of Dickensís full-length novels, is set in the fictitious
Victorian-England city of Coketown, where facts are the rule and all fancy is to be stamped out.
The plot centers around the men and women of the town, some of whom are beaten down by the
cityís utilitarian ideals and some of whom manage to rise above it.
The novel was written
in 1854 and was a scathing attack on then-current ideas of utilitarianism, which Dickens
viewed as a selfish and at times oppressive philosophy. Perhaps the novelís best features
are its clever, ironic narration and the larger-than-life characters that push the plot
forward, such as the upper-class banker and hypocritical braggart, Josiah Bounderby, and
the fact-driven schoolmaster, Thomas Gradgrind.
Total running time: 10hrs 54min