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Hard Times

Charles Dickens

Hard Times is Dickens’s most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrind’s own children have been so educated and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only the travelling circus company of Sleary seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown. Hard Times is a deeply moving story written in anger to strike a blow for the victims of the dehumanising processes of industry.

Hard Times is Dickens’s most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrind’s own children have been so educated and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only the travelling circus company of Sleary seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown. Hard Times is a deeply moving story written in anger to strike a blow for the victims of the dehumanising processes of industry.
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Genres:

Classics

Description:

Hard Times is Dickens’s most political novel. Set in the industrial north of England, in Coketown, he examines the lives of working people, who are taught by the capitalists Gradgrind and Bounderby to think only of the facts of life and not to indulge in imagination. Gradgrind’s own children have been so educated and as a result are dysfunctional and disconnected from their feelings. Only the travelling circus company of Sleary seems to offer any hope of humanity in Coketown. Hard Times is a deeply moving story written in anger to strike a blow for the victims of the dehumanising processes of industry.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Anton Lesser

Length:

10h 43m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:12


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:04


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:24


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:42


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:09


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:54


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:12


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:38


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:36


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:38


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:35


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:19


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:24


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:50


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:24


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:26


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:05


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:11


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:34


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:08


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:58


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:52


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:34


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:41


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:58


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:57


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:28


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:00


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:05


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:28


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:53


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

09:09


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:46


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:12


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:40


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:26


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:14