Times is Hard

10 10 2009

GradgrindapprehendshischildrenHard Times by Charles Dickens

Seems a bit churlish to be at all critical of such a classic but there is something ever so slightly unsatisfactory about the ending and the moralistic dimension of the novel. Having said that, there is much to be enjoyed, including a number of the central characters, especially Gradgrind, Bounderby and Sissy.

Slightly ashamed to recall writing an essay on Hard Times at university without ever having read the book (until now). Got a good mark for it too.

four stars

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