Hard Times

Hard Times In Hard Times Dickens illustrates the condition of England through the fictional city of Coketown Among its inhabitants are Thomas Gradgrind the utilitarian headmaster who attempts to impose his rig

  • Title: Hard Times
  • Author: Charles Dickens
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  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Hard Times, Dickens illustrates the condition of England through the fictional city of Coketown Among its inhabitants are Thomas Gradgrind, the utilitarian headmaster who attempts to impose his rigid worldview on his family circle, and the uncaring businessman Mr Bounderby Their materialist philosophies, as opposed to the world of fancy or imagination, are tested thIn Hard Times, Dickens illustrates the condition of England through the fictional city of Coketown Among its inhabitants are Thomas Gradgrind, the utilitarian headmaster who attempts to impose his rigid worldview on his family circle, and the uncaring businessman Mr Bounderby Their materialist philosophies, as opposed to the world of fancy or imagination, are tested throughout the novel, which also explores workers conditions, trade unions and the spurious use of statistics.Perhaps the most polemical of his novels in which hard biting satire, moving drama and exuberant comedy find a very succinct and powerful expression Hard Times is the ideal introduction to the world of Dickens.

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    1. This book is, for me, Dickens' best. I loved every second of it, the darkness of Tom's steady descent into drinking and gambling were brilliant and there were several times I found myself simply rereading a few paragraphs over and over, in awe at them. (The end of Chapter XIX, The Whelp, is something I hold in very high regard as possibly one of his best pieces of writing ever.) I want to deal with the characters individually from here, since I feel they are all very important.Mr Gradgrind - Fac [...]

    2. Mr. Thomas Gradgrind , a very wealthy, former merchant, now retired, only believes in facts, and mathematics, two plus two, is four facts are important, facts will lift you into prosperity, facts are what to live by, they are the only thing that matters, everything else is worthless knowing. He sets up a model school, were the terrorized students, will learn this, ( and other subjects that are unfortunately, also taught) the eminently practical man, teaches his five children at birth facts! Th [...]

    3. Hard Times is Dickens’s novel set in the fictional Coketown and centering around utilitarian and industrial influences on Victorian society. Dickens’s brilliant use of characterization can be seen in high form here and as always, his naming of his story’s populace is entertaining by itself. The best is without a doubt Mr. McChokumchild, a teacher. Louisa Gradgrind is a thinly disguised fictionalization of John Stuart Mill. One of the great things about reading literature from the 1800s or [...]

    4. “Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of any service to them.”So begins Hard Times, and what an opening this is! We know instantly from this, some of what the novel will be about, and the character of the man who says these words. He is plain-speaking in his “inflexible, dry, and dictator [...]

    5. ربما تحمل بعض الروايات الأجنبية فكرة، حكمة ما؛تضيق وتتسع بحسب أثرها على القاريء وما تلمسه من نبضات تكوينه .لكن إبداع اللغة يتجلّى لي في الأدب العربيّ من جمال أساليبها أحب أن أنهل، وفي روعة بلاغتها أشتاق للإبحارلا مثيل للحرف العربي في إسعادي وإطرابي “ إنّ الذي ملأ اللغات محا [...]

    6. "Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the mind of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them."Mr. Gradgrind, Hard Times"We don't need no educationWe don't need no thought control"Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) - Roger Waters, Pink FloydRoger Waters' lyrics could almost be a direct response to Mr. Gradgrind's ridiculous wo [...]

    7. Hard times, 1854,Charles DickensHard Times – For These Times (commonly known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. The book surveys English society and satirises the social and economic conditions of the era.عنوانها: روزگار سخت؛ دوران سخت؛ دوران مشقت؛ نویسنده: چارلز دیکنز؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم ماه ژوئن سال 2010 میلادیعنوان: روزگار سخت؛ نو [...]

    8. رغم الطابع الكئيب للرواية الذي يذكرني بالمسلسلات الدرامية العربية قديماً، إلا أن الرواية هادفة جداً و نجح تشارلز ديكنز في رسم شخصياته ببراعة تامة

    9. 3,5/5Seguramente 'Tiempos difíciles' no se sume a mis Dickens predilectos pero aún así creo que es una novela muy interesante y que he disfrutado.El contexto político y social es realmente el centro de la historia, y más que los personajes es la trama la que importa en esta novela con temas muy claros como la Revolución industrial, la educación victoriana, la diferencia de clases, la hipocresía generalizada y sobre todo la lucha entre la ciencia, los hechos y la imaginación.Me han encan [...]

    10. This book is another evidence of Charles Dickens' brilliancy when it comes to writing. He starts with one person and her destiny, but gradually the story becomes more and more intricate and complex, and in the end you end up with a completely different story from what you started out with. I have quite an ambivalent relationship to Charles Dickens and his books. Some of them I love, some of them confuse me or end up disappointing me. "Hard Times" was a good story, but I was mildly disappointed w [...]

    11. Not Dicken's best work, but still, ya know, Dickens. It's pretty much "Lets light some straw men on fire!" day in Dickens land. Presumably Hard Times was chosen as the title because "Let's Kick Some Deserving Fuckers In The Teeth" was already taken. Still I don't know anyone I'd rather watch burn people and deliver teeth kicks then Dickens.

    12. رواية اجتماعية من الطراز الأول تناقض العديد من القضايا و أهمها أثر التعليم في بناء الشخصية غير السوية، ليست أفضل أعمال تشارلز ديكنز لكنها لا تخلو من العمق و الهدف

    13. ولد تشارلز جون .لأبوين هما جون وإليزابيث ديكنز وكان ثاني أخوته الثمانية, وعاش طفولة بائسة لأن أباه كان يعمل في وظيفة متواضعه ويعول أسرته كبيرة العدد لهذا اضطر إلى السلف والدين ولم يستطع السداد فدخل السجن، لهذا اضطر لترك المدرسة وهو صغير وألحقه أهله بعمل شاق بأجر قليل حتى يشا [...]

    14. Hard Times: For These TimesPenguin edition with intro & notes by Kate FlintBeyond the Brontes, there aren't many classic novels set in the North of England, and for years I'd been kind-of-meaning to read a few more, especially about workers and heavy industry, Mary Barton, Sons & Lovers, and Hard Times. (As per comment below, North and South was off the table because I'd already seen the TV series and didn't love the plot, and it's also the story of a middle-class southerner moving north [...]

    15. Hard Times opens with the usual Dickens comic brio and sabre-toothed satire. Mr Gradgrind’s pursuit of Facts, Facts, Facts deadens his daughter Louisa’s sense of Fancy and humour, until she relents to a marriage to Mr. Bounderby—surely the progenitor of this Monty Python sketch. As the novel moves into its second half, the melodramatic and laboured Steven Blackpool narrative distracts from the more poignant story of circus orphan Sissy and the Gradgrinds. Steven’s phonetic Lancastrian di [...]

    16. إذا فسد التعليم، فسد كل شئبعيداً عن أعمال التشويق و الأثارة التي أشتهر بها الكثير من كتاب عصره، يقدم لنا تشارلز ديكنز رواية هادئة تنتقد الكثير من سلبيات المجتمع و تفضح آثارهاالأب جرادجريند يمثل الثورة الصناعية التى غزت اوربا وقتها بكل ما تحمله من أهمال للمشاعر وتقديس للماد [...]

    17. This novel actually really surprised me. Many reviews on liken the title to the reading experience, one of pushing through long details and descriptions. Actually, this book has done the opposite for me. My reading of Victorian books has been few and far between. Middlemarch was a great novel, one which I am glad I read, and I recently bought a 16-book Dickens Collection in an attempt to get some more of his under my belt.Having only read A Tale of Two Cities previously, I was aware that Hard T [...]

    18. Gennaio 2015 Perchè Dickens è Dickens.Ho avuto due difficoltà con questa lettura. La prima è cosa ricorrente nella storia di un qualunque lettore: il momento sbagliato. La lettura si deve accompagnare ad una disponibilità psicologica non c'è niente da fare!La seconda difficoltà (certamente condizionata dalla prima) riguarda la sensazione di “tradimento”.Mi aspettavo un romanzo minimamente (nei limiti dei canoni vittoriani) centrato sulla condizione operaia: in realtà, "le mani" (meta [...]

    19. Se um dia, alguém me perguntar porque gosto tanto de ler autores novecentistas, não terei a menor hesitação em responder: o sentido de ordem, de conduta moral (algo que se fosse recuperado hoje em dia, tornaria a nossa sociedade em algo sublime) mas, fundamentalmente, diria, a atualidade das situações, das emoções, das paixões, das respostas às nossas mais variegadas interrogações.Há muito que Charles Dickens fazia parte da minha lista de escritores obrigatórios, aquela em que elen [...]

    20. Alright, so I was quite prejudiced going into this. I read and disliked A Christmas Carol and in my head I feel like I'm not a Dickens fan. Despite this being the first novel of his I've tried. It's his shortest finished book and depicts the social structures of the time, which I'm interested in reading. So it made sense to start here. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't like all of the characters and at times I was frustrated with the plot, but I enjoyed listening to it on audiobook a [...]

    21. They say no-one reads a book to get to the middle. Well, for Hard Times, perhaps they should, so disappointing the end turns out to be, this is one of the examples of how literature has improved over the years. Having read Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities and enjoying them all immensely I tried Hard Times, having read here and elsewhere that the book represented Dickens at his best. It does not, and to say that it does devalues his other work. The book is filled with shal [...]

    22. From my blog: NOTE: I listened to the audio version. For some reason, I could never get into Dickens. I was an English major, for goodness' sake. I tried David Copperfield. I tried the Pickwick Papers. I tried Oliver Twist. All meh, and I didn't finish any of them. I have, however, enjoyed many a film adaptation of his novels, including Bleak House (fan. tas. tic.) and Nicholas Nickleby, so I knew that it couldn't be that bad. Anyway, my friend Hillary has recommended Hard Times for a long time, [...]

    23. الرواية من روايات الأدب الإنجليزي القليلةاللِّي شدتني بعكس (قصة مدينتين) مثلًا ! رغم إنها لم تكن سيئة حياة تشارلز ديكنز وطفولتُه البائسة اثرها ظاهر بِشكل كبير علي شخصياته اللِّي بيرسمها بإحترافية التجارب الأليمة التي يمر بها كُل شخص هي التي تصنعه بالتأكيد وبالتالي تترك تأث [...]

    24. Click here for Charles Dickens Disclaimer I'm not even sure where to start with this book. First of all, Hard Times is one of the shorter, and lesser known of the Dickens novels. At only around four hundred pages, it almost seems like a novella compared to his other tomes of one thousand pages or more. The book has some interesting characters. We have Thomas Gradgrind, the obstinate disciplinarian, who raises his children to use their head and facts in all things and to never "wonder" because th [...]

    25. رواية عميقة في تصويرها للشخصيات، و في نقدها للعديد من الظواهر السلبية التي كانت سائدة في المجتمع وقتها مثل تقديس المادة على حساب العاطفة و المشاعر

    26. بعد أن انتهيت من قراءة هذه الرواية ، تأكدت من حقيقة مهمة جداً وهي "ما أشقى الإنسان الذي لا يرى من هذا العالم إلا ما تبصره عيناه " حقاً ما أشقى هذا الإنسان ماذا تعني الحياة ، ما هو مقياس الحياة ؟ أهي كل ما نراه من حقائق فقط ؟ العمل ، المال، المكانة ، العقل والتفكير المنطقي البعيد [...]

    27. I study it At my last High School yearIt was seriously Hard Times :)I loved the story and lived in my head the places,the characters I even create a cast for the novel to live it :)

    28. A slim and compact tale whose characters and story packs a powerful punch, Dickens’ Hard Times is as vitriolic an indictment against the institutionalized teaching model Paolo Friere scathingly criticized as the “banking concept” in his Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Josiah Bounderby is delectably drawn, as is the crooked and colorful characters of James Harthouse, Mrs. Sparsit, and our cold and calculated heroine, Louisa Gradgrind. Dickens, at first, seems to forgo his typical habit of ideali [...]

    29. Dickens becomes a very hard author to read once you move past his childhood-centered works. Suddenly, everything is about morality or politics. I enjoy his writing, but you do need both patience and an ability to change the register in which you're reading his work. "Hard Times" was first published in 1854 - few readers of contemporary or modern literature can truly adjust to the sort of language used in his books. Dickens is truly timeless, timeless through his themes and approach, as well as t [...]

    30. «أوقات صعبة» لتشارلس ديكنزكتبت الرواية في زمن الثورة الصناعية زمن الفوارق الطبقية والانتفاضات العمالية والشعبية. و في إمكاننا أن نقول إن تشارلز ديكنز، الكاتب الإنكليزي الكبير والذي كان من أكثرهم شهرة وتأثيراً في القراء الأوروبيين عموماً بكتاباته تلك التي من النوع الشخصيّ [...]

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