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Hard Times

Charles Dickens

Hard Times, the shortest of Dickens's 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 city's 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 novel's 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. (Summary by Rosalind Wills).

Hard Times, the shortest of Dickens's 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 city's 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 novel's 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. (Summary by Rosalind Wills).
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Hard Times, the shortest of Dickens's 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 city's 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 novel's 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. (Summary by Rosalind Wills).

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

10h 55m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

31:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

35:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

33:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

35:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

31:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

27:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

41:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

31:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

29:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

30:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

35:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

39:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:38


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

24:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:47