One of Dicken’s best works appraising English society. Highlights the social and economic pressures of the times. A masterwork.
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With a name like Choakemchild what could go wrong?
Facts or Fun?
This is very much like Dickens' Oliver Twist but more on the factory workers plight and the parents who thought facts were all important for children in factories and should have little fun time.
Louisa Gradgrind Bounderby was the person I identified with and became my favorite character. She married for duty and was extremely unhappy. She falls in love with someone else and almost runs away with him but instead returns home and explains to her father what she has done. Mr. Gradgrind repents his ways and welcomes Louisa home.
Peter Batchelor was a wonderful narrator.
I nearly cried when Louisa returns home and confronts her father. I also loved Sissy Jupe and her devotion to helping Louisa and the rest of the Gradgrind children. This was an interesting family and I loved the kids.
This was a fairly dark novel and there isn't a really happy ending. The story was well done and I enjoyed the characters.
- Kristi Richardson "An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap."
A somewhat dreary story
The story is very depressing and the characters are somewhat lifeless.
I am on a quest to read all of Charles Dickens' titles so I can get a better impresion of the world that he lived in.
The narrator was excellent however it might have improved the story if more narrators were involved (for the women in particular).
The characters are absolutely necessary to this story.
Though it is a classic story, I doubt I will be in any hurry to read this selection again.
- David A. Jones "I LOVE HISTORY!!!"