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Hard Times (version 2), Locked Out and On Strike

Charles Dickens

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Hard Times was Dickens's shortest novel and the only one to be set in the industrial north of England. A fast moving story with a typical cast of larger than life characters, the novel is a vehicle for a humanist critique of both utilitarian education ('Teach these boys and girls nothing but facts', says Mr. Gradgrind in the opening paragraph) and the mutual antagonism between capital and the trade union. A humanist education system, it turns out, is Dickens's solution to the class struggle. Hard Times is set in the fictional Coketown and was partly inspired by a visit to Preston during the factory lockout that brought the town's industry to a standstill in 1853. This version is read as it appeared in 20 issues of Dickens's weekly Household Words from April to August 1854. It is followed by two earlier articles - Locked Out and On Strike - that describe Dickens' visit to Preston and do much to clarify his thinking on education and class conflict. - Summary by Phil Benson

Language:

English

Narrators:

Phil Benson

Length:

11h 42m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

30:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

28:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

30:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

29:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

29:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

34:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

29:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

34:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

42:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

42:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

54:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

36:49