"Facts alone are wanted in life." The children at Mr.
Gradgrind's school are sternly ordered to stifle their imaginations
and pay attention only to cold, hard reality. The effects of
Gradgrind's teaching on his own children, Tom and Louisa, are
particularly profound and leave them ill-equipped to deal with the
unpredictable desires of the human heart. Luckily for them, they
have a friend in Sissy Jupe, the child of a circus clown, who
retains her warm-hearted, compassionate nature despite the
pressures around her.
From the Hardcover edition.
By 1854, when Hard Times was published, Charles Dickens'
magisterial progress as a writer had come to incorporate a
many-sided, coherent vision of English society, both as it was and
as he wished it to be. Hard Times, a classic Dickensian
story of redemption set in a North of England town beset by
industrialism, everywhere benefits from this vision - in the
trenchancy of its satire, in its sweeping indignation at social
injustice, and in the persistent humanity with which its author
enlivens his largest and smallest incidents.
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)