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Charles Dickens, Harry French, David Stuart Davies: Hard Times (2008, Pan Macmillan)

English language

Published 2008 by Pan Macmillan.

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3 stars (3 reviews)

Dickens scathing portrait of Victorian industrial society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy, Hard Times features schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind, one of his most richly dimensional, memorable characters. Filled with the details and wonders of small-town life, it is also a daring novel of ideas and ultimately, a celebration of love, hope, and limitless possibilities of the imagination.

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2 stars

one of many many works on the French revolution by an English historian who pollutes the historiography with counter-revolutionary propaganda. at every turn the monarchs and nobility conduct themselves with perfect equanimity dignity and thoughtfulness while the ascendent bourgeoisie and peasantry are snarling licentious irrational self-interested brutes.

royalist propaganda regarding excesses of violence committed by revolutionaries are produced on almost every page, a cursory google told me that historians no longer believe that '[x atrocity]' actually took place, e.g. a crowd disembowelled one of the Queen's handmaidens, strewed her organs around the courtyard in front of her children, etc.

in short its a gothic work of fiction but whatever, I know who Danton is now

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  • British and irish fiction (fictional works by one author)
  • Fiction, political
  • Fiction, family life, general
  • England, fiction